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 Welcome to our Member Spotlight Page. This special feature showcases GPVSB’s most valuable assets– our members! Spotlighting members from across the GPVSB spectrum, Member Spotlight reflects the rich tapestry of our membership and profiles active Non-profit and business organizations. If you would like to be featured in this section please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Create your own member story: join GPVSB today! 

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Odyssey House

Vision - To help women and children break free from the cycle of family violence.
Mission - Everyone has the right to live with dignity, safety, and equality.

Ebony Rempel - Odyssey House Executive Director In the last few years Odyssey House has grown significantly to meet the needs of Grande Prairie and surrounding area.  The non-profit organization is best known as a Women’s Shelter providing short-term accommodation and support to women and children fleeing abuse and violence.  In January 2016 they expanded on this to open Serenity Place a secure second stage housing apartment consisting of 14 homes, allowing those that need extra time to heal somewhere to stay outside of the emergency shelter. Housing participants and those staying in the emergency shelter have access to a spectrum of support services, including collective kitchens, childcare assistance, counselling, outreach support, self-care support and life-skills training.  Odyssey House staff will also advocate on the behalf of their residents in assisting them with obtaining and dealing with other community agencies and services such as Alberta Works and Housing First. 

Odyssey House has expanded on their efforts to assist more member of the community, whether they need a place to stay or not, who have left or are struggling with abuse in their relationship with their Community Support Program. This expanded program allows Community Support Workers to meet individuals needing support one on one in the community or office. Community Support Workers help with: understanding healthy relationships, safety planning, parenting struggles, boundary setting, addictions, legal issues, financial independence, self-care and assertiveness. They provide advocacy and referrals to other community resources that can help. Support Groups are offered during the week to help those dealing with or recovering from partner based abuse regardless of their need for housing.  The Groups help give attendees a safe place to cry, heal and find support without judgment.  “Our education team has grown as well”, states Executive Director Ebony Rempel, “We are able have more conversations around family violence with men, women and children.” The childcare support program offers a safe place for children of those in residence at the emergency shelter or Serenity Place and those accessing Odyssey House programs or Community Support. Childcare has grown to include help for clients with parenting concerns and support for families too build stronger connections in a supportive environment. An Out of School Care Program has been launched for school aged youth (ages 5-18) for after school hours and school-based days off that do not include statutory holidays. Programs are designed to help youth with recovery from family trauma. With the partnership with Catholic Family Services, Odyssey House is able to offer trauma counselling services. 

Volunteers are essential to the success of Odyssey House and Serenity Place.  They assist in almost every facet of the organization.  Volunteers are trained about community resources and a range of social concerns, such as the cycle of abuse and similar areas. They are now trained in Trauma Support as focus now includes a more developed Outreach Services. With proper training volunteers can become critical service providers at the shelter and advocates in the community that have the skills and information needed to help end domestic violence and to help neighbours, friends and family learn how to respond to domestic violence and where to refer victims of domestic violence.  If you are interested in joining the Odyssey House’s Volunteer Program, please or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Volunteers are required to pass a screening process and criminal record check when applying.

For more information about Odyssey House please visit their website www.odysseyhouse.ca, or call 780-538-1332. Stay up to date on Odyssey House news and events by following them on twitter at https://twitter.com/odysseyhousegp and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheJourneyThroughFamilyViolence/.  For women in immediate need of help Odyssey House provides a 24/7 Crisis Intervention line at (780) 532-2672. Collect calls are accepted.

Odyssey House - GPVSB Member since 2012

Grande Prairie Voice for Life

"Fostering respect for life at all stages of development."
Jilliana Baldwin, GP Voice for Life  Community Educator & Office ManagerFounded in the mid 1980’s, Grande Prairie Voice for Life is a non-profit, educational  organization that offers free health presentations about life development at various stages to schools, community groups and parents. Voice for Life presents fact based programs that meet Alberta Health Services curriculum guidelines in most Public and Catholic schools in the Peace Region. School Programs include:

K – Gr.2 "That's Me in Here" with Fetal Models
Gr. 3 "Growing up & Safety"
Gr. 4 "Puberty" (Male/Female)
Gr. 5 "Male and Female Anatomy"
Gr. 6 "Fetology"
Gr. 7 "Why Consider Abstinence & Lies we Believe"
Gr. 8 "STI's, Contraceptives & Abuse"
Gr. 9 "Pregnancy, Parenting, Risk Reduction & Assault"
Gr. 10 - 12 "Healthy Relationships, Potential Outcomes & All the In-between's"

Voice for Life also offers a Youth Group program called “Sex, Relationships & Why Wait” and “The Sex Talk(s) Guide” for parents, which was created to help equip parents to have affective sex talks with their children.  They also do specialized presentations for homeschool groups and churches, as well.

Speaking with Voice for Life Community Educator and Office Manager, Jilliana Baldwin, she states the goal of the organization is to equip the next generation to make educated decisions regarding their lives, and relationships, and the choices they make in those relationships. This goal goes hand-in-hand with respect, and encouraging these children to grow up respecting their lives and the lives of others. This can include anything from understanding proper hygiene and safety (Gr.3 presentation) to understanding sexual assault and boundaries (Gr.9 presentation).  Jilliana shares “It’s always heartwarming when a student tells us they learned from our presentation, and they now feel more equipped to make informed decisions.”  The organization estimates it has presented in front of over 4000 students since 2015 and if the information they provide makes one attendee’s life better, than all their hard work is worth it.

Volunteers are a major source of support and guidance to the organization, “Our Board of Directors are all volunteers, we only have 2 paid staff members- myself and our Bookkeeper,” says Jilliana, “Volunteers help with our fundraising and promoting efforts, they assists with planning our Annual Fundraising Banquet and help with our booths at community events, like the Annual Woman’s Show.”

For more information about Voice for Life, upcoming volunteer opportunities and presentations visit their website at https://www.gpvoiceforlife.com or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/gpvoiceforlife/.  If you have a group or organizations that would like to host one of their free presentations call Jilliana at 780-538-3344 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Grande Prairie Voice for Life

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