Providing counseling and support services to victims of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and trauma in the Northwest Region for since 1981. Pace believes that everyone dealing with, or experiencing crisis and trauma has the right to access skilled, caring, and professional services.
Pace opened its doors on July 1st, 1981 and has since established numerous programs and support services to address the needs of Grande Prairie and area. In 1982, PACE became the sponsoring agency for the Suicide Prevention Resource Network and The Breakfast Club, which now operate as it's own agency.
In 2012 Pace helped establish the Caribou Child & Youth Centre which provides a safe and caring space for RCMP & Child and Family Services to interview children and youth who have been victims of crime. The Centre strives to minimize the stress, anxiety, & trauma a child may experience, and promote safety, protection, and justice.
Pace believes that understanding and education are key elements in prevention. The goal of our Public Awareness Programming is to educate the communities in our region by providing accurate information and resources in order to affect attitudes and behaviors surrounding sexual abuse, sexual assault, and trauma in a way that reduces these issues and their impact.
We provide leading edge training in best practice to front line workers, service providers, students and community organizations through our Community Support Training Program. In a partnership with Grande Prairie Regional College we also offer Crisis Response Management Certification through participation in training on a variety of topics; Intimate Partner Violence, Crisis Intervention & Communication, First Responders to Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse, Applied Suicide Intervention Training (ASIST), Healthy Youth Relationships, Mental Health First Aid, Children & Trauma, Grief & Loss, Awareness of Self-harming behavior, etc.
With satellite offices in High Prairie, High Level, Valleyview, and Peace River, Pace has over 40 staff members who provide support and counseling services to clients, and facilitate the many different programs & services offered. Our organization relies on government funding, community fundraising events, and treasured volunteers to help minimize wait times for clients, provide expedient access to supports and services, and keep our programs running and our doors open. This ongoing support allows us to offer leading edge, reliable and successful programs to our community and the many clients we serve.