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 Welcome to our Member Spotlight Page. This special feature showcases GPVSB’s most valuable assets– our members! Spotlighting members from across the GPVSB spectrum, Member Spotlight reflects the rich tapestry of our membership and profiles active Non-profit and business organizations. If you would like to be featured in this section please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Create your own member story: join GPVSB today! 

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Odyssey House

To help women and children break free from the cycle of family violence.

Ebony Rempel, Odyssey House Executive DirectorOdyssey House is a non-for-profit women's shelter serving the Grande Prairie area, but will help any women and child anywhere they can. Their mission is that ‘Everyone has the right to live with dignity, safety, and equality.’  Since the 1980’s this organization has and continues to provide short-term accommodation for women and children fleeing abuse and violence, while providing support and care needed to heal.  Continuing to grow Odyssey House opened Serenity Place, Regional Supportive Housing, in January 2016 - a new 14-unit apartment building. This new complex provides secure second stage housing. Women can apply to stay for anywhere from six to twenty-four months, depending on their unique circumstances. Housing participants and those staying in the emergency shelter have access to a spectrum of support services, including collective kitchens, childcare assistance, counselling, outreach support, self-care support and life-skills training.  Odyssey House staff will also advocate on the behalf of their residents in assisting them with obtaining and dealing with other community agencies and services such as Alberta Works and Housing First.

Talking with new Executive Director, Ebony Rempel, she wants people to understand how important having these programs are and how many desperately need the services and support, they provide each year. Ebony and her staff continue to work and change the systematic values and perception the general population have of women affected by gender based violence and intimate partner abuse.  Society’s socio-politico environment seems to blame the victim more in these situations than the perpetrator due to biased misconceptions about gender and appearance. She is determined to demonstrate that domestic violence is still a huge issue and will continue to work with the community at large in order to face this public health issue head on. Ebony is proud of her staff’s dedication to this cause and thankful for almost a hundred volunteers that contribute their time and support to Odyssey House and Serenity Place.

Volunteers are essential to the success of Odyssey House and Serenity Place.  They assist in almost every facet of the organization including Public Education, Outreach Support, Childcare, Administration, Building/Property Maintenance, Fundraising and Kitchen Support.  Specifically, they aid with abuse awareness groups and public education presentations, provide childcare, host financial management workshops, lead therapeutic stress management workshops, assist in meal preparation, and help fundraising committees for special events.  Volunteers are encouraged to help develop new and different programs to help residents learn and feel better.  In return, volunteers are taught about community resources and a range of social concerns such as the cycle of abuse, dating violence, grief and loss, sexual abuse, children exposed to family violence, setting and respecting boundaries, and healthy versus unhealthy relationships. With proper training volunteers can become critical service providers at the shelter and advocates in the community that have the skills and information needed to help end domestic violence and to help neighbours, friends and family learn how to respond to domestic violence and where to refer victims of domestic violence.  If you are interested in joining the Odyssey House’s Volunteer Program, please contact their Volunteer Coordinator, Lisa Croken, by calling 780-538-1332 ext. 108 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Volunteers are required to pass a screening process and criminal record check when applying.

For more information about Odyssey House please visit www.odysseyhouse.ca, or call 780-538-1332. They also provide a 24/7 Crisis Intervention line for women in need at (780) 532-2672. Collect calls are accepted.

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Alzheimer Society of Alberta & Northwest Territories

Their vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Jennifer Cassely, ASANT's Regional RepresentativeLocated on 116 St. across from the Prairie Mall is The Alzheimer Society of Alberta & Northwest Territories (ASANT) Grande Prairie office operated by Regional Representative; Jennifer Caseley. ASANT’s mission is to enhance awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia and provide support services to affected families and help fund research into the cause and cure. The Society can be a guide and support to persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and their care partners as they learn about options and plan for the future. 

ASANT has a number of educational programs designed to assist people in understanding the experience and impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The Society provides presentations to community groups to create an informed and supportive community to enhance the quality of life for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

The organization’s primary focus is to help families and care partners of those affected by dementia. They offer three monthly support groups for Care Partners: two in person groups at their office, and a telephone meeting for those unable to attend in person.  Afternoon meetings are on the first Thursday of each month, evening meeting are held on the second Monday of each month, and a telephone meeting is held on the third Thursday of each month.  They also offer a quiet safe space for individuals from outside Grande Prairie visiting loved ones affected by dementia.  The Grande Prairie branch of ASANT covers most of northwest Alberta from Grimshaw, Fox Creek, and Grande Cache to the BC border. Outreach work is being done through presentations at the Grande Prairie Care Centre, the Harvest Lodge in Fairview. They have also attended the Mighty Peace Teachers Convention and talked with nurses at the Community Care office of Alberta Health Services. The team looks to host more support groups in communities outside Grande Prairie, and look for opportunities to do more public and corporate presentations.

An area of focus for ASANT is to increase public awareness as many of people don’t know they are here to help support and educate them about dementia.  They offer various ways to help educate people on dementia and the research being done to find cures, such as having a lending library about with many resources about dementia. 

ASANT recently held their Walk for Alzheimer’s event, sponsored by the Investors Group, on June 25 at Muskoseepi Park. The walk is part of Canada’s biggest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and one of eight held throughout the province.  The funds raised support ongoing programs and services for families living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in the Grande Prairie area.

Volunteers are always encouraged to lend a hand in events, help with the monthly support groups, prepare awareness packages to mail out, and assist with basic office and maintenance work.  They also currently have office space available for rent at their location for any non-profits looking for a single office.

For more information on the Alzheimer Society of Alberta & Northwest Territories (ASANT) email Jennifer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their website here, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter

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