SAIF (STOP ABUSE IN FAMILIES)

the LOVESGIVING pizza

Sept 22 - Oct 7 2017

Since opening our St Albert store in April 2017 we have been learning more and more about the St Albert community and the amazing organizations that operate just a couple of minutes from our pizza shop.

I reached out to a regular customer of ours who lives in St Albert and works downtown, she and her family are very involved in the community and have been a great resource for me. She put me in touch with SAIF (Stop Abuse in Families) located right in St Albert. This is an organization that has been helping those experiencing domestic abuse since 1989 in the capital region.

We came up with a fully loaded comfort food pizza to be part of this LOVEPIZZA Gives Initiative - The Lovesgiving pizza. Topped with mashed potatoes, stuffing, pulled turkey, gravy, cranberry chutney and brie cheese drizzle - all made in house. We donated $1 from each Lovesgiving pizza we sold directly to programs at SAIF including individual counselling, group support programs, youth counselling and educational programming in our schools.

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We believe every man, woman and child should have a safe place to call home. But the reality is this isn’t the case for many. Our hope is we can make a difference in the life of at least one person or family with this fundraiser. This topic is a difficult one to think about and talk about, but it's SO important because it's happening all around us, quietly. It is a topic that has always been discussed in my family because of the work that my uncle and my aunt have spent their lives doing.

My uncle, Ron Sluser, was one of the original founding men of the White Ribbon Campaign alongside Michael Kaufman and the late Jack Layton in the early 90s, They started what is now an international movementthat encourages men and boys to pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls. It is a movement that promotes gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity. .He and his partner, my aunt Jan, have spent their lives working for not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions such as the YWCA and George Brown College. It is work that I have so much respect for and I am still in awe weight this profession carries on those in it (so much so that I did a project on my aunt Jan in junior high on the topic of “write about someone you admire”, true story, it’s probably in a box in my parent’s basement).

I was that little girl who asked them questions about what they did for work and why we were going to a certain “parade” or why I was wearing a t-shirt with a white ribbon on it. And they explained it, all of it. They have inspired me to help those who need someone to listen, who need a voice and who need a fresh start. Never underestimate YOUR INFLUENCE, especially if you are in a position of influence with a young mind and heart. You never who is watching you, who is listening and who you might inspire.

We ended up making 587 LOVESGIVING pizzas during the 16 days that we ran this campaign! We like to round up around here (sometimes) so we donated $1000 to the programs of SAIF. That money will go directly to individual or group support sessions to those experiencing domestic abuse