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For over 25 years the Wheatland Crisis Society has relied on the support of our community to help those impacted by abuse. Without this support many individuals and families would not have had a safe place to go in their time of need.

As valuable allies in the work we do, we wish to recognize and thank the many community members, organizations and local businesses that have helped us change lives for the past 25 years. Your support has been unwavering and is essential in allowing this organization to evolve and grow.

In the spirit of community connectedness and partnership we are excited to announce we are working on some new fundraising initiatives and programs. We would like to encourage you to follow our social media channels to learn about exciting new opportunities and campaigns that are coming soon.

Please stay tuned for announcements about events, initiatives and campaigns on our Facebook page @wheatlandcrisissociety or

 On behalf of the Wheatland Crisis Society board, management, staff, volunteers and especially the families in our care we wish to thank you for your past, present and future support. If you are interested in making a donation or becoming a donor, please contact 403-934-6634 for information or visit

If you prefer to be contacted by phone or email about WCS events and updates please call or email us anytime and we will gladly add your contact details to our direct contact index.

For any other inquiries please contact Wanda McGinnis, CEO, directly at 403-934-6634 ext. 103.

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WCS Media Release November 2018


October  2018 – CIR Realty adopts Cream Can in October
CIR Realty hosted our Cream Can in October and raised $450.00 for our families. CIR has been an incredible support for WCS over the years and they have already signed up to host our cream can again in 2019! Thank you CIR!

September 2018 – REP’s use raffle to raise funds for Cream Can Campaign
One lucky winner took home a luxury cedar patio package thanks to The REP’s Group in September. The prize was displayed at Assist Business Centre and the REP’s team took our Cream Can on quite a tour around Wheatland and surrounding counties selling raffle tickets and raising awareness. $954.00 was raised thanks to their hard work. We are grateful to have the support of such a generous and dynamic team in our community. Thank you REP’s Group!

August 2018 – Murray Chrysler Strathmore hosts Cream Can 2nd year in a row
Murray Chrysler Strathmore hosted our Cream Can for the second year in a row this August and raised $1905.00 for the families in our care. The dealership very generously donated $6 from every oil change and $20 from every sale into our Cream Can for the month of August. Their team really goes above and beyond not only for their customers, but for their community. Thank you Murray Chrysler Strathmore.

July 2018 – Shelter receives donation from Ted & Enid Jansen Fund at the Calgary Foundation
We would like to recognize and offer our most sincere gratitude to the Ted & Enid Jansen Fund at the Calgary Foundation for their very generous donation of $10,663.11 to improve the lives of those impacted by family abuse. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

July 2018 – Rocking Horse Industries BBQ’s to raise Cream Can funds
$425.00 was raised by Rocking Horse Industries The Farm & Ranch Source in July. Their staff utilized their customer appreciation BBQ to host a 50/50 raffle that benefited the shelter. Rocking Horse Industries has been an avid supporter of the shelter and our programs this year and we are very grateful for their unwavering support.


June 2018 – Town of Strathmore gets creative to support shelter
Strathmore Town Council and staff adopted our Cream Can for the month of June and $1669.00 for raised for the shelter. Their creativity in this fundraising campaign is unmatched! The Council and staff organized a toonie swim in conjunction with the Aquatic Centre, an internal staff activity and they really made sure the cream can received a proper road trip bringing it to The Get to Know Your Neighbour Festival on June 16th. Additionally, The Town partnered with The Wheatland Historical Society and raised funds for the can through a historical walking tour. WCS is extremely grateful to have the support of the staff and Town Council. This June community spirit was embodied by those who helped organize and participate in these wonderful fundraising  activities.

May 2018 – Cream Can record broken by Getz, Collins & Asscociates
For the past two years our Cream Can has been hosted by a different local business each month. We are very excited to announce that $2615.00 was raised/donated by Getz, Collins & Associates in May of 2018 giving the Cream Can a new record to beat! Four businesses are left for the 2017/2018 road trip and the competition to win is heating up! If you would like to host the Cream Can in the 2018/2019 year please contact Carly at for details or to sign up.

April 2018 – Gregory, Harriman & Associates use busy tax season to encourage donations
Gregory, Harriman & Associates Accountants took advantage of tax season to host our cream can in April making sure it had maximum exposure raising $346.00 for our families. The wonderful staff and management team put together a draw of 1 nights accommodation at The Rosebud Inn, 2 show tickets to the Rosebud Dinner Theater and breakfast to encourage donations. We would like to recognize GHA not only for hosting our cream can this April but for being a year round and long time supporter of the work that we do. They most recently became a $2500.00 HEART Sponsor at our annual fundraiser which helped the shelter to raise over $50,000.00 for families impacted by abuse. Thank you Gregory, Harriman & Associates for your support!



April 2018 – Spring Fling raises funds to support shelter
Kim Bodeux (owner of Lil Hoots Children’s & Maternity Consignment Boutique) and Ashley Hanna recently organized The Spring Fling Market in Strathmore allowing local vendors to showcase their goods. Admission was by donation to WCS and $587.35 was raised for our families by this dynamic duo and our community! Thank you Kim and Ashley for supporting our shelter and organizing a fabulous community event.


Kim & Ashley in action. Thank you ladies!

March 2018 – Chinook Financial uses team building to raise funds for traveling cream can campaign
Chinook Financial Strathmore hosted our traveling cream can in March and raised $1210.00 for our families all through teamwork! They made hundreds of perogies to sell amongst their team and held raffles as well. Chinook Financial has been an avid supporter of WCS for many years, most recently becoming a $2500 Heart Sponsor at our fall gala. We are very grateful for their continued support and that they were able to utilize fundraising for our families through team building activities. Thank you Chinook Financial!


March  2018 – Em’s Donations Projects helps out The Family Enjoyment Project
Emma Moore was at it again with her “Hunger Sucks” campaign utilizing a bottle drive, candy sales and much more this winter to raise funds for three local organizations to combat hunger. Em stopped by the shelter in March with a cheque for $685.00 to promote family bonding though baking in our Family Enjoyment Project. Em has been a generous supporter of the shelter for a few years now and the staff and clients are very grateful to have her support. Emma is a role model in our community and continues to inspire the staff of WCS with her motivation to help others. Thank you Emma!


February 2018 – The Standard One Stop Shoe Shop gives back by offering a discount
The Standard One Stop Shoe Shop raised $430.00 for our families in February. They offered a 10% discount in exchange for a donation into our cream can. The Standard is a family owned business that offers a wide variety of footwear for the entire family including brands like Aerosoles, Calvin Klein, Hunter Boots, Matt & Nat, Michael Kors and many more. The Wheatland Crisis Society is proud to have the support of this community focused and fashion forward business. Thank you Standard One Stop Shoe Shop!

January 2018 – Home Hardware helps our cream can break $100,000.00 lifetime donations mark
Home Hardware Strathmore hosted our Cream Can for the third time in January 2018. They have generously donated all skate sharpening proceeds to this fundraising campaign and have been avid and involved supporters of the shelter for many years. A total of $1273.95 was donated to WCS in January and this amount also put the cream cans lifetime (1994-present) total donations at over one hundred thousand dollars!! Thank you Home Hardware Strathmore for all of your support over the years!

December 2017 – OK Tire Strathmore offers discounts for donations all month long
A big thank you goes out to OK Tire Strathmore for hosting our cream can in the second month of its year-long road trip and raising $307.00 for our families. James and the OK Tire crew offered all patrons a 5% discount on any service or product if they donated to the WCS cream can. Their community support and spirit was shining brightly all December long.

December 2017 – Jack Carter Chevrolet chooses WCS for “Carters Cares” program
Jack Carter Chevrolet provided each one of their over 100 employees with $200.00 to donate to the cause of their choice this year and local resident Kirk Dickson dropped of a cheque to WCS wishing to offer support to his own community. Thank you Carters Cares and thank you Mr. Dickson!



December 2017 – Cochrane Activettes donate truck load of new toys to shelter

The volunteers of the Cochrane Activettes donated enough toys to fill an entire SUV!  Their non-profit organization has been helping Cochrane and surrounding communities since 1978 and WCS is very grateful to have been a recipient of their cause for many years. Their donation will help to make the holidays bright for many of our families. To learn more about their incredible organization please click here to be directed to their website.

Some of the wonderful volunteers of the Cochrane Activettes.

December 2017 – Shoppers Drug Mart chooses WCS for Growing Women’s Health campaign

The Wheatland Crisis Society is very proud to be a recipient of Shoppers Drug Marts Growing Womens Health Campaign. The Strathmore location presented a cheque to WCS for $2830.00 on December 8th, 2017. Thank you to each member of the community and the Shoppers staff who purchased a leaf from September 9 to October 6. Your small donation has made a big impact on our families.

Cheryl & Moses present WCS Public Educator Carly with a cheque for $2830!











November 2017 – Origin Malting is all about local support in November
Our cream has restarted it’s road trip for the 2017/2018 season at Origin Malting & Brewing. A portion of the proceeds from each Wheatland Ale sold in November went towards our cream can and $520.00 was raised for our families. Thank you Origin Malting & Brewing for your incredible support!

November 2017 – November is Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta

Go Purple in November!Show your support. Alberta Human Services’ “Reach Out, Speak Out” campaign is intended to remind Albertans that everyone has a responsibility to end family violence by focusing efforts to increase awareness and promote public education on these crimes. For info. on our programs and services, visit our Programs page, or to donate, visit our Donate page.

Be creative – think about ways you can Go Purple at the events and activities you are already planning for Family Violence Prevention Month 2017.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Host a Go Purple Potluck in your community or at work
  • Municipalities can host Go Purple Proclamation events to promote Family Violence Prevention Month
  • Sports teams can wear purple ribbons
  • Coordinate a Purple Ribbon Day or Wear Purple Day
  • Go Purple information booth
  • Put up Family Violence Prevention Month posters in your community
  • Host a Go Purple Community Walk
  • Collect toiletries, toys and books for emergency shelters
  • Host a training session on family violence prevention or awareness
  • Write a letter or email to the editor of your local newspaper on the importance of promoting healthy relationships

October 2017 – Cream Can finishes its year at NV Hair & Body Studio
The last stop on the cream cans year long road trip was NV Hair & Body Studio. A raffle for a luxury gift basket raised $271.00 for our families in October. Thank you NV Hair & Body Studio!



September 2017 – Back to Good Whole Foods Market & Deli hosts cream can
Our cream can spent the month of September on the counter of Back to Good Whole Foods Market & Deli and really made in impact. Owner Nicole Cordes was very excited to partner with WCS to raise funds for families impacted by abuse in the community. A total of $640.00 was raised during the month through donations of loyalty dollars.

August 2017 – Murray Chrysler donates sales to Cream Can
Our Cream Can spent August at Murray Chrysler Dodge in Strathmore. Their fantastic team put together an marvelous donation program where $5.00 from every oil change and $20.00 from every sale was donated to WCS. They raised over $2200.00 for our families. Thank you Murray Chrysler!


August 2017 – Winners & HomeSense help to empower women and girls
The Canadian Women’s Foundation empowers women and girls in Canada to move out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence and leadership. The Wheatland Crisis Society was the recipient of $800.00 raised through through their Shop for GEN1 special merchandise and decal sales at Winners & Homesense and individual donations online. The Wheatland Crisis Society is incredibly grateful to Winners and Homesense for their participation in raising these funds and to the Canadian Women’s Foundation for the important and meaningful work that they do.







Mario & Ksenija Sajkunovic of Runway Hair Design

Mario & Ksenija Sajkunovic of Runway Hair Design

2017 – Runway Hair donation pampers families in our care
Thanks Mario & Ksenija Sajkunovic at Runway Hair Design.They understand the importance of feeling and looking your best. Their recent generous donation of products is a wonderful way to make our families feel pampered and loved. Did you know they also provide free cuts to our clients?