Prince Rupert Honours Service Workers During Victims and Survivors of Crime Week

Brittany Webster
05/30/2019

From May 26th to June 1st it is the Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2019, honouring those who have fallen victim to crime.

Vicitm Services Manager with the Prince Rupert RCMP, Joyce Charlton, says Prince Rupert has a great number of supports for victims and survivors of crime, such as the Transition House, the Friendship House, and North Coast Community Services, but she adds that service providers are often overlooked. So, in Prince Rupert, Victim Services took this week to also honour individuals who offer support for victims.

At the Highliner Inn this morning service providers gathered to learn about caring for themselves so they can continue to care for others.

The workshop, hosted by Morgan Reinsbakken, an art therapist from Terrace, focused on burnout prevention and self care techniques while learning through the medium of art.

Reinsbakken combined her passions of art and psychology to become an art therapist, and says it is a great way to make sense of experiences when the words aren't there.

"It's a great modality to help bridge the experiences and the words that go along with the experiences. Sometimes those words are just not there, and you do the art work first and you create that bridge to connect the two."

Prince Rupert's Victim Services also brought in the White Hatter organization this week to educate students and parents about online predators and safety.

JR LaRose, a Grey Cup Champion and ambassador for Aboriginal peoples, will closing out Victims and Survivors of Crime Week at the Lester Centre on Monday with a presentation to students from Charles Hays and Pacific Coast scheduled for 11AM.

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