On Thursday, Sept. 15, Changes That Heal held its third annual free community BBQ at Dutch Lake beach to observe Take Back the Night.
About 70 adults and 17 kids came out to enjoy the chili and bannock provided by Tipi Treats, hot dogs and cake. Toe-tapping music by the Silvertones even brought some dancing in the sand.
After dinner several people got to take home some wonderful door prizes donated by several local businesses and listened to thought provoking speeches by Mayor John Harwood, Corporal Mark Labossiere, and Lauren Kadlun-Jones (who provided a First Nations/Inuit perspective about violence against women).
This year the organizers decided to hold an open mike and were happy to have Flo share her story about leaving an abusive relationship and Dennis who admitted that he was an abusive husband during his first marriage. Changes That Heal applauds both of them for their courage and thank them sharing their stories. Having real people get up and disclose their experiences was really eye-opening for a lot of people and hopefully it will help others to make some changes in their lives.