Archive for the ‘Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre’ Category

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Announces Generous Donation and a Three-Year Commitment to the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Dominica Nemec, Assistant Account Specialist


The positive changes we see in our communities would not be possible without the efforts of non-profit organizations. These organizations are dedicated to supporting others and making a difference. With resources donated by community partners and supporters, non-profits can focus on achieving goals and bettering our communities. The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre (SKCAC) is able to be a safe-haven for children affected by abuse because of community support. This is why Brookline is proud to have recently worked alongside national law firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) to announce its generous donation of time and resources to the SKCAC.



With Brookline’s support, BLG held a press conference at the SKCAC on February 27, during which BLG’s Regional Managing Partner, Alan Ross, and CEO of the SKCAC, Sara Austin, announced the firm’s three-year commitment to the Centre, which included a generous donation of $150,000. BLG has also committed to providing pro bono legal services, and volunteers at various events held at the Centre. The donation amount will directly support the Child Life Program, which includes the cost of care for resident Pet Access League Society (PALS) dogs Webster and Axel, who also made a surprise appearance at the press conference.

Brookline handled both the planning logistics and media relations for the event, which resulted in five local news outlets in attendance, including the Calgary Herald, the Calgary Sun, CTV Calgary News, City TV and 660 News. The news conference resulted in a total of 16 media stories garnered and nearly four million media impressions.

Brookline is thrilled to have worked with both BLG and the SKCAC to announce this important partnership that will help to propel child advocacy forward and provide immeasurable support for children in need.



 Dominica Nemec is an Assistant Account Specialist at Brookline Public Relations. She is at her best when coming up with creative ways to tell a story and is a self-professed grammar geek. She has helped multiple brands tell their stories and build their reputations through media relations, digital communication and event planning.



Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre launches toolkit to prevent child abuse

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Stephanie Rochon, Intern

Every October, child advocacy organizations recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month with the goal to raise awareness on how to identify and prevent child abuse. This year, the Brookline team had the opportunity to work with the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre (SKCAC) regarding an important announcement around this cause – the launch of an informational toolkit to help educators and school staff recognize, address and report potential child abuse they may suspect within their schools.

With Brookline’s support, the SKCAC held a press conference where SKCAC CEO Sara Austin, Calgary Catholic School District Superintendent Gary Strother and Calgary Board of Education Superintendent David Stevenson announced the launch of the toolkit in schools across Calgary, as well as its availability to schools and youth serving organizations across the province. The hope is that the toolkit will be implemented in schools across Canada, empowering all teachers and school staff with the information and resources they need to recognize and report abuse.

Brookline was pleased to support the SKCAC on this initiative with event planning and media outreach for the conference. Prior to the event, the Brookline team coordinated the event logistics and then helped ensure that everything ran smoothly on the day.

Brookline focused its media relations efforts on traditional Calgary media and national print outlets. The conference resulted in nationwide media coverage and well over 12 million impressions; a great result as the SKCAC hopes the tool will be used in schools across the country. Notable outlets covered the story including the National Post, Globe and Mail, CTV Calgary News and Global News Calgary. In total, there were 89 media stories published around the country on the toolkit.

Brookline was thrilled to be part of the SKCAC’s tool kit launch, and was pleased to help garner significant media coverage for this important initiative.


Stephanie is an intern at Brookline Public Relations. A self-professed ‘word nerd,’ she’s keen to find the heart of every story and make it matter to those who will read it. She has experience in creative and corporate writing, event planning and media relations.

Where Does Strength Come From?

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Shauna MacDonald, Principal and Founder

I need to write more blogs. I am not the greatest when it comes to delivery, but when I do write them, I want to ensure I have something to say. Not just write a blog for the sake of checking it off a fairly substantial to-do list.

For this particular blog, my first thought was to write about trends in the public relations industry. Our industry is in a constant state of flux and is ever-evolving. However, I could write about that at any given time. Instead, I wanted to write about strength. Quite fitting given it is Brookline’s theme for 2016.

Two nights ago I attended the premier screening of Sheldon Kennedy’s documentary – Swift Current. I had seen the film before. In fact, many times, given Brookline has had the privilege of working with Sheldon and the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre over the past two years. However that night, while sitting in the audience with hundreds of people, the word strength kept coming into my consciousness.

For those of you who don’t know Sheldon’s story, it’s a tough one. Sheldon is a former NHL hockey player, but is better known for his courageous decision to charge his Major Junior Hockey league coach with sexual assault for the abuse he suffered over a five year period while a teenager under his care. Not only does the film highlight Sheldon’s turbulent struggles, but also two innocent teenagers’ stories of abuse at the hands of their family members/care givers.

All three stories are gut-wrenching. All very different, but also the same. These three courageous people had the strength to speak up and have the strength to keep going when insurmountable obstacles are at their feet every single day.

So while sitting in that theatre and listening to their stories, it reminded me that strength cannot be taken for granted. Not when these three individuals have to use it every single day of their lives simply to make it through the day. So as Brookline forges ahead with our 2016 theme, I will continue to remind myself that we as a team must wear strength as a badge of honour and strive to fulfill it every day.



– Shauna is Principal and Founder of Brookline Public Relations. When she is not doing her PR “thang”, she loves slaying dragons and bad guys with her two beautiful sons.