On average it takes approximately 3 months for an Advocate to get their security clearance and complete their Basic Training. Once the security clearance comes through for an advocate, an office orientation at the Leduc RCMP Detachment will take place with our staff and the new advocate will be paired up with a mentor who is a senior Advocate to train with on call.
All Advocates may be contacted by the RCMP to provide immediate assistance to victims 24/7/365. Each Advocate makes a commitment to be on-call for a minimum of 4 twelve hour shifts per month and a 2 year commitment.
Advocate Meetings are held the last Monday of every month (except for July & August).
Advocates are required to keep their training up to date and to take advantage of various different types of training throughout the year that is provided and paid for by our program.
Our Board of Directors meets once a month. Board members do not meet in July or August. Our program aims to have representation from all eight municipalities serviced by our unit.
There are a number of positions on the Board including past & present President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and several Director positions. Terms for Board members are two (2) years in length and these can be renewed if desired.
Although we have a few projects a year that may require extra time, most Board members say that realistically their time commitment to Victim Services rarely exceeds six hours a month.
We encourage people with a variety of backgrounds and experiences to become Board members as this diversity contributes to the quality of our program and our Board.
Board Members must satisfy a Criminal Records check. Board Members do not have access to victim files and are not involved in the day-to-day operation of our Victim Service Unit. Training is provided to Board members by the Alberta Solicitor General. This training is usually held in twice a year and our program pays for any training costs incurred.
Board Members help raise awareness of our Victim Service unit in our communities at different events throughout the year. This includes events such as the Candy Cane Checkstops in December, Community Registration Days/Nights in the Spring & Fall and Community Parades in the Summer. The Board is also responsible for ensuring that our program has the required funds to continue to operate. The Board assists the Executive Director in completing Grant applications, sustaining Municipal Funding and assists the organization's Promotions Committee with various Fundraising Events.