January 9, 2014 – Prince Edward Island
The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament for Egmont, PEI, on behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today highlighted the success of the crime prevention program, Girls Circle, which is making a difference for at–risk girls on PEI.
Operated by the Women’s Network PEI, Girls Circle is helping girls, aged 10 to 12, avoid involvement in criminal activities by providing support services that focus on increasing positive connections, personal strengths and competencies, as well as connecting participants to their community.
The Girls Circle program is preventative in that it builds on girls’ existing strengths and gives them solid, real–life applicable skills, which help them to build resiliency and good mental health. They have built critical thinking skills, confidence, and feel better equipped to make value–based and healthy decisions about their lives.
Jean–Christophe de Le Rue
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Public Safety Canada
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