What is the Harmony Project?

The Harmony Project is a passionate and dedicated multi-stakeholder group that is developing a collaborative community response to sexual assault in the Bow Valley.

Project Background

In 2015 the YWCA Banff successfully secured a grant from the Family and Community Safety Program to develop a community response plan for sexualized assault in the Bow Valley. The proposal was based on a model currently used by the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS) in five communities across the province of Alberta. The project relies on a coordinated community effort, informed by a leadership committee made up of key stakeholders in the Bow Valley.

Who are the members of the Harmony Project?
The following local organizations/stakeholders have identified that they are committed to addressing this issue and have representation on the committee:

  • – Banff YWCA
    – The Banff RCMP
    – The Canmore RCMP
    – The Banff Mineral Springs Hospital
    – FCSS Canmore
    – BanffLIFE –FCSS Banff
    – CSART
    – Bow Valley Addictions and Mental Health- Alberta Health Services
    – Bow Valley Victims Services

The following local organizations/stakeholders are corresponding members of the project:
– The Canmore Hospital
– The Primary Care Network

Vision of the Harmony Project
To create a Bow Valley specific, coordinated response plan to sexualized assault, which will include a prevention and awareness campaign, training for emergency responders and community partners, and will serve to streamline and improve services for victims of sexualized assault.

Got Consent Contest

Last year during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Harmony Project launched the “Got Consent?” campaign. Four messages in support of the “Got Consent” campaign were released: 

This year, we’re looking for your input! We’re looking for your best, original slogan to use under the “Got Consent?” logo in our 2018 campaign.

Some themes or topics to think about when coming up with slogans could be:
– Consent and alcohol
– Communicating consent
– Consent and youth
– Resources to get help
– How to be supportive to to survivors
– Consent and (dis)ability
– Consent in daily life
– How to stop sexual violence
– Consent in long-term relationships

The Harmony Project is taking submissions until Thursday, March 22nd at midnight, and winners will be chosen on Friday, March 23rd

Prizes for slogans chosen for the campaign include a bowling party at High Rollers, a pizza curling party at Fenlands Rec Centre, and a variety of gift cards to local shops and restaurants!

You can submit your ideas in a few different ways; on social media by using #GotConsent2018, via e-mail to YPS@ywcabanff.ca, or you can drop off your entry at the YWCA Banff.