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The Subtle Art of Helping

We are pleased to share the entire contents of The Subtle Art of Helping here in a format that can be easily translated for your needs.


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 tragedy.

ADVAS listens, comforts and supports victims when the RCMP requests our services and during follow-up calls. We attend homes, crime, accident and incident scenes and the RCMP detachment. ADVAS offers Court Support Services when people who have experienced crime, tragedy or loss are required to make court appearances.

The people we help are given information to help them with their immediate concerns, with their cases and through the criminal justice system when charges are laid. ADVAS ensures that people receive timely information regarding Arrests, Conditions, Court Dates, Victim Impact Statements, Financial Benefits, Requesting Restitution, Crime Prevention, and Enhanced RCMP Safety Planning.

ADVAS connects people with appropriate community supports and provides referral services with other community agencies and organizations such as Counselling, Distress Centers, Suicide Crisis Lines, Shelters, Medical Examiner, Social Services, Other Victim Assistance Units, and more.

We are grateful for the support of the public. You can make a donation and learn about volunteering at

Warm Hugs, Hot Tea, Fresh Baked Cookies and The Subtle Art Of Helping by Airdrie And District Victims Assistance Society

Published by Airdrie And District Victims Assistance Society | 2 Highland Park Way NE | Airdrie, Alberta, Canada T4A 2L5 |

Copyright © 2022 Airdrie And District Victims Assistance Society

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Concept, Design and Content by Conor Tapp, | With content from Scott McLean, PhD, BCFT, RSW | Created with the support of advocates, community members, law enforcement, clinical and other professionals in Airdrie and Rocky View County. | Published with the financial support of The Calgary Foundation.