We believe individuals and groups dealings with distress, trauma, suicide, sexual, and physical abuse, have the right to access skilled, caring and professional services.
We believe that each person has dignity and deserves to be treated with respect, without discrimination.
We believe in an individual’s resiliency, ability to grow through crisis, ability to take control and responsibility for their lives, and choose healthy, respectful behaviors to others.
Though we do not condone certain behaviors, engaging in such behaviors does not negate that person’s innate worth.
Board of DirectorsBuilding safe and caring communities through support and education
Connie has served on the Pace Board since 2007. Since 2001, Connie has been a Psychology instructor at Grande Prairie Regional College. In addition to teaching, she has also engaged in numerous community-driven studies designed to facilitate evidence-based best practices. Over her academic career, Connie has received a number of research awards, most recently from the Canada Council on Learning and from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. As the principal investigator for the SSHRC-funded GP-Police and Crisis Team project and the SSHRC-funded Youth Belonging and Connection project, she has worked in partnership with the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta, the RCMP, Alberta Health Services, The City of Grande Prairie and Sunrise Youth Shelter. She is optimistic that the research findings will have a significant positive impact on services provided to community members and is excited about the number of research opportunities that the research projects afford GPRC students. Connie is currently a member of GPRC’s Board of Governors and has been a long-standing member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Grande Prairie. She serves on the community board for the Suicide Prevention and Resource Centre, and on the Community Foundation’s Vital Signs leadership committee.
Dennis has held a wide range of volunteer and community service positions and continues to actively engaged in supporting the continued growth and resiliency of Grande Prairie.
Bill holds the professional designation of Certified Local Government Manager (CLGM). His belief in lifelong learning has lead to opportunities in a number of different areas. He has instructed a number of courses and seminars and has presented internationally to diverse groups such as the World Burn Congress and the United Arab Emirates Conference on Environment & Disaster Planning as well as to a number of Alberta and local organizations. Bill is currently a member of the Board for the Alberta Association of Sexual Assault Services and PACE.
He is married to Kim and they have 3 children, 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He is an artist and loves drawing and painting landscapes and people as well as traveling to different areas of the world.
Adele has worked with children, youth, families, and adults since 2005. She has a Masters of Counselling degree, specializing in Counselling Psychology from the Campus Alberta Applied Psychology Initiative (a collaboration from the Universities of Calgary, Lethbridge, and Athabasca), is a Canadian Certified Counsellor, and is a Registered Psychologist. Her earlier work experience includes front line and supervisory work at a treatment home for children and providing behavioral consultation to families and agencies. Adele worked as a trauma therapist at Pace for five years and that is where her passion in the area of sexual violence began. In her role at Pace, along with providing individual therapy, she facilitated the women’s support group and therapy groups. Adele currently operates a private psychology practice where she continues to work with children, youth, and adults. Adele also facilitates the First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse workshop and mentors new facilitators. She is creative, caring, understanding, and brings a calm presence to the individuals she works with. Adele is passionate about working with survivors of sexual violence, facilitating healing, and educating others. Adele joined the Pace Board in 2019.
Jason is an alumni and the current Moodle Coordinator for Grande Prairie Regional College. He has extensive experience as a web developer, and in his current role Jason manages all aspects of the college’s learning management system. This role includes server management, group and one-on-one training, as well as supporting students, faculty and staff with any issues they may encounter. Jason joined the Board in 2019.
Sharon joined the Board of Directors in 2019.
Greg has served on the Pace Board since 2018. He is the Operations Support Officer for the Western Alberta District RCMP. Prior to being posted in Grande Prairie, Greg served in the Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan. He has been involved in a number of family violence prevention initiatives, Aurora Research Institute’s Rural and Northern Community Response to Intimate Partner Violence project. Greg is also a member of the Caribou Centre Leadership Team and the Prevention of Family Violence Leadership Team.
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Our HistoryOver 35+ Years in the community
- RCMP stats reveal an increase in Sexual Assaults in Grande Prairie and surrounding area. A steering committee is formed to identify strategies to address increasing needs
- Based on the steering committee’s intensive work, the first P.A.C.E Board of Directors is elected
- P.A.C.E (Providing Assistance, Counselling, and Education) opens its doors and starts seeing victims of sexual violence and abuse
- The first volunteers for the crisis line are trained
- Support for victims of Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse programs are established
- First treatment groups for adults of sexual abuse as children are held
- Crisis Intervention, Sexual Abuse as Children programs, and individual counselling begin
- Expanding services-multipurpose crisis line established
- P.A.C.E becomes the sponsoring agency for the Suicide Prevention Center, providing referrals, education & networking to the Peace Region
- P.A.C.E establishes the Intra-Familiar Child Sexual Abuse treatment program
- P.A.C.E becomes the sponsoring agency for the C.A.R.E kit
- P.A.C.E expands the Child Abuse Treatment program, integrating services, non-offending parents & offenders
- Hosted first of 3 regional conferences addressing northern communities responding to physical and sexual violence
- P.A.C.E offers its first information group
- The “Breakfast Club” is established for at-risk youth
- P.A.C.E becomes a founding member of the AB Association of Sexual Assault Centers (AASAC), now the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS)
- P.A.C.E integrates the Family Support program consisting of in-home support workers, youth workers and drivers for families with Child Welfare Status
- Suicide Prevention begins offering the Men’s Support Group
- P.A.C.E implements parenting groups for parents of children with special needs
- P.A.C.E develops the “Cost of Empathy” workshops for child welfare supervisors across Alberta
- P.A.C.E receives accreditation for Child Welfare programs
- P.A.C.E partners with the Muttart Foundation to bring vicarious trauma expertise to our region
- P.A.C.E registers the Critical Response team in the Rural Crisis Int. program
- P.A.C.E shuts down multipurpose crisis line when provincial line is established
- The Bike 4 Life Fundraising Campaign is established
- P.A.C.E begins offering the Women’s Support Group
- P.A.C.E starts 5-week Trauma Support Group
- P.A.C.E starts the Community Treatment Program
- P.A.C.E begins offering the 17-week Caring Dads program
- P.A.C.E starts Monitored Exchange
- P.A.C.E becomes the sponsoring agency for the Caribou Child & Youth Centre, one of only 3 Child & Youth Advocacy Centres in Alberta
- P.A.C.E establishes the 15-week Intergenerational Healing: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Parenting Group
- P.A.C.E undergoes a rebranding process to more accurately reflect its role in the region, becoming Pace Community Support, Sexual Assault and Trauma Centre (Pace Centre)
- Pace hosts the first Grande Prairie Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Campaign in conjunction with Sexual Violence Awareness Month
- Pace and the Caribou Child & Youth Centre co-present their first regional conference, providing educational training supports for service providers addressing issues of child maltreatment
- In partnership with the Crown Prosecutors office, RCMP, HIV North, Alberta Health Services and Crime Prevention, Pace establishes the first Sex Trade Offender Program (STOP) in the region, modelled on the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation (CEASE) STOP program in Edmonton.