JLE’s Newest Community Partnership: Trauma Informed Edmonton

By Kathy House & Laurie Gallagher

The Junior League of Edmonton is proud to be a volunteer community partner with Trauma Informed Edmonton. This blog post explains what Trauma Informed Edmonton is and why Junior League Edmonton is supporting the cause.

Trauma Informed Edmonton:

Who is Trauma Informed Edmonton?

Trauma Informed Edmonton is a committee that focuses on producing effective training and resources for frontline workers working with the Capital Region’s high-risk populations, such as: Aboriginal, refugee, immigrant, and high risk youth populations; military members and first responders suffering from PTSD, victims of domestic violence, and others who have experienced trauma. Their primary goal is to facilitate access to trauma informed resources and professionals and to educate the public on being “trauma informed” in their professional and personal lives. Their guiding principle is “Ask people not what’s wrong with them, but rather what happened to them.”

The Trauma Informed Edmonton committee includes representatives from the City of Edmonton, REACH Edmonton, Boyle McCauley Health Centre, Ambrose Place, Homeward Trust, E4C, Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, Edmonton Police Service, and community volunteers.

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What does Trauma Informed Edmonton do?

Trauma Informed Edmonton fulfills their commitment to producing effective training and resources for frontline workers in the Capital Region by:

  • Providing training sessions for frontline staff through a series of workshops facilitated by regional experts
  • Developing policies for Trauma Informed Care
  • Building a centralized website for trauma informed and trauma specific contacts, resources, and events
  • Creating a public awareness campaign

Junior League Edmonton’s Role

 What is the Junior League’s Role with Trauma Informed Edmonton?

At our June 2016 Annual General Meeting, the membership voted to form the Trauma Informed Project Committee with a two-three year volunteer commitment. Our role as a community volunteer partner will be to:

  • Facilitate building a robust Trauma Informed Edmonton website
  • Research trauma specific contacts, resources, and events within the Edmonton area
  • Create and launch a public awareness campaign

Why is the Junior League involved?

The Junior League of Edmonton has a long history of working on special projects and developing community programs. By working with Trauma Informed Edmonton, the Junior League will continue our tradition of making significant contributions to the community by working with Trauma Informed Edmonton. We will be working side-by-side with many of the community groups we support through our Community Assistance Grants as well as building and fostering new relationships with community professionals.

We are proud to be involved in this important project that will provide lasting and meaningful change in Edmonton.



What is Trauma?

A traumatic event involves a single experience, or enduring repeated or multiple experiences, that completely overwhelm the individual’s ability to cope or integrate the ideas and emotions involved in that experience.

(Manitoba Trauma Information and Education Centre, 2016)

What does it mean to be Trauma Informed?

Becoming “Trauma Informed” means recognizing that people often have many different types of trauma in their lives. People who have been traumatized need support and understanding from those around them. Often, trauma survivors can be re-traumatized by well-meaning caregivers and community service providers. Understanding the impact of trauma is an important first step in becoming a compassionate and supportive community.

Trauma Informed Care involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. Trauma Informed Care also emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety for both clients and providers, and helps survivors rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.

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If you have any questions about Trauma Informed Edmonton and Junior League’s involvement we encourage you to contact us.