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Hi! What an eventful year this has been, and I am so grateful to all of the other community members who have supported ADVAS in recent years. It would be an understatement to say that our community has experienced challenges in recent years, and that we continue to see challenges today. While there are so many predictable...

June 24, 2022 On behalf of the Airdrie and District Victim Assistance Society Board of Directors, I am excited to announce that Deborah Reid has accepted the position of Executive Director effective June 24, 2022. Deb started her training and clearance with ADVAS in October 2015 and became an advocate in May 2016. She joined the...

A practical guide to being h helpful while being there for people who have experienced crime, loss, and other awful things. ABOUT ADVAS Founded in 1992, Airdrie and District Victims Assistance Society (ADVAS) is a registered charitable organization that provides 24-hour crisis response and support to people who are experiencing or who have experienced crime and/ or...

Self-care, or care of oneself, is a protective factor against compassion fatigue. Self- care is most effective when engaged proactively and intentionally. It is an individualized process with numerous factors, such as personal preferences, belief systems, cultural backgrounds, and personal life circumstances. Self-care empowers holistic health and well-being. To restore or improve one’s own health, it...

PREPPING TIME: 1 HR 15 MIN COOKING TIME: 10 MIN Ingredients 1 cup unsalted butter 1½ cup peanut butter 1 cup white sugar1 cup packed brown sugar 2 large eggs2 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder½ teaspoon salt1 ½ teaspoons baking soda Directions Cream butter, peanut butter, and sugars together in a bowlBeat in the eggsIn a...

You, as a natural support, provide emotional and instrumental/practical support to people and help them cope with the bereavement and healing process. Many people feel unsure of how to respond, or worry about saying or doing the wrong thing. If you feel that way, it's OK. It is normal, and good, to care so much...

PREPPING TIME: 15 MIN COOKING TIME: 20 MIN Ingredients 1 ½ cups butter, softened 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup confectioners' sugar½ cup cornstarch¼ teaspoon salt Directions Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C)Work all the ingredients together with your hands until blendedShape all of the dough into 1 inch ballsa. Optional: Roll or form the...

What is a crisis? A crisis is a stressful event that quickly overloads the mental and emotional resources of an individual. The crisis poses a problem which is viewed as insoluble since it is beyond one’s usual problem- solving ways. Even though any loss under any circumstances can cause a crisis for an individual, traumatic losses...