United Front conference brings together community partners fighting sexual assault
April 22, 2015

Orillia Campus Georgian CollegeThe first in a series of inter-professional workshops, the United Front Against Sexual Violence, was held recently at the Orillia Campus of Georgian College. This all-day event focused on the importance of human services and community safety sectors working together to effectively support individuals who come in contact with the justice system.

The goal of the Unified Front workshop series was to foster greater collaboration between the human service and community safety sectors.

Haily MacDonald, community development co-ordinator with Huronia Transition Homes said the “United Front” theme emphasizes that sexual violence crosses all disciplines and there is a joint responsibility to end it.

“We all have a responsibility to eliminate sexual violence from our schools, community and society at large,” MacDonald said. “May is Sexual Assault Prevention month and, in accordance with the mandate of Huronia Transition Homes, this event will educate students about the complexities of violence. It will also hold participants responsible for advocacy and action on ending sexual violence against women.”

Students from the human services and community safety programs at Georgian College participated with police, social service and community organizations in the day-long event. Activities included interactive workshops, panel discussions as well as a networking component.

“This is an incredible opportunity for students, community members, and faculty to network and collaborate with professionals from the police services, social services and various community organizations supporting survivors of sexual violence,” said Suzie Addison-Toor, manager of Georgian’s Centre for Social Innovation.

“Georgian College models collaboration across sectors and ensures that students are aware of a continuum of services to support those coming into contact with the justice system.”

This event was a joint project of Georgian College, Huronia Transition Homes and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.