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ADVAS / About Us

About Us


Statistical Information kept by ADVAS is utilized for reporting to funders, strategic planning and yearly volunteer/ staff training. As a non-profit Society, ADVAS applies for operational grants and must report statistical information to funders. Statistics are also used to identify current trends and the impact on both human and financial sustainability. This information helps identify the current crime/ victimization trends and drives the training program for staff and volunteers.

Current Board

ADVAS was established in 1992 and became a registered non-profit society in June of 1993. ADVAS is incorporated under the Alberta Societies Act and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Chairperson - Tammy Johnson

Vice Chair - Alison Coffin

Treasurer - Jo Tennant

Secretary - Sarah McNicol

Director - Patti Reid

Director - Erica Deheer

Director - Suze Casey

Director - Lisa Carter

RCMP Liason - G. Spencer

RCMP Liason - J. Kirkwood

RCMP Liason - J. Weedmark

ADVAS is Committed to Our Community

Airdrie & District Victim Assistance Services is committed to positively impact the communities of Airdrie, Beiseker, Crossfield, Rocky View County and surrounding districts by providing quality service to all referred victims. Services to victims are forefront in all decisions made by the Board, Staff and Advocates.

Our Mission

To respect the victims we support by providing a compassionate response, emotional and practical assistance, information on victims rights, and referrals necessary to help reduce the negative impact of victimization.

Our Vision

We envision a community that helps to bridge the gap from hurt to hope.

Our Core Values

  • We value integrity, and confidentiality
  • We value and respect supportive community relationships
  • We value and respect professional relationships with the RCMP, our Board, staff and volunteers
  • We value diverse, highly trained and skilled people who deliver superior services
  • We value a sincere, compassionate and timely response for all
  • We value exceptional services delivered in a diverse, non-judgmental manner for all
  • We value providing accountable and fiscally responsible quality services

About Being a Board Member

Prospective board members must undergo the following processes:

  1. Complete ADVAS Board Member Application, including references
  2. Consent for Criminal Record check must be completed. Applicants must disclose their criminal records at the time of application. Failure to provide this information or provide false information will result in termination of application
  3. Applicants are required to partake in an assessment interview with the Board Recruitment Committee Member and RCMP Liaison
  4. Once accepted by the Board, applicants must sign an Oath of Confidentiality and participate in an Orientation with the Executive Director

What makes a successful Board Member?

A board member’s success is determined not only by his or her business skills and experience, but by personality traits, or character. Several characteristics of successful, happy board members are:

  • Honest- Possess sensitivity to and tolerance of differing views, a friendly responsive and patient approach, personal integrity, a developed sense of values
  • Open Minded- Ability to listen, analyze, think clearly and creatively
  • Enthusiastic- Have an interest and concern for your nonprofit’s development. Are willing to develop certain skills if they don’t already possess them, such as to cultivate and solicit funds, recruit board members and other volunteers, learn more about the substantive program area of the organization.
  • Team Player- Work well with people individually and in a group. Have community-building skills.
  • Decision-maker- Ability to tackle complex problems with relish. Take an orderly approach to decision making.
  • Competent & Responsible- Willing to prepare for and attend board and committee meetings, ask questions, take responsibility and follow through on a given assignment.
  • Have a sense of humor

What are the responsibilities of individual board members?

Individual Board Member Responsibilities:
– Attend all board and committee meetings and functions, such as special events
– Be informed about the organization’s mission, services, policies and programs
– Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings
– Serve on committees or task forces and offer to take on special assignments
– Suggest possible nominees to the Board who can make significant contributions to the work of the board and the organization
– Keep up-to-date on developments in the organization’s field
– Follow conflict of interest and confidentiality policies
– Assist the board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities, such as reviewing the organizations annual financial statements. Read and understand all financial statements
– Inform others about the organization. Be an ambassador for ADVAS

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