What can we say about 2020 that hasn’t already been said? The COVID-19 pandemic brought significant changes to the way we work, interact, and think about our programs. In March 2020, Alberta went into a lockdown that required organizations to limit or stop providing service. During this time, individuals across the province had to isolate themselves at home with people who use abuse, and organizations were thrown into a tailspin while they tried to navigate this new world.
A “shadow pandemic”
appeared that resulted
in a 30 percent
increase in domestic violence
rates across the world.
A “shadow pandemic” appeared that resulted in a 30 percent increase in domestic violence rates across the world. This shadow pandemic of abuse not only added pressure to our sector, but also forced Sagesse to move quicker, think more innovatively, and solve larger problems than it had ever faced before.
This pandemic has highlighted exactly how quickly domestic and sexual violence rates can rise in times of stress. It has made it very clear how much stronger we are when we work collectively to solve complex problems.
As citizens, team members, and employers, we have had to respond in unprecedented ways to keep our families, colleagues, and fellow citizens safe, connected, healthy and productive. We have been on the ground—coordinated, adaptable, focused—responding to urgent needs and steeling ourselves for the long, difficult road ahead. As this pandemic has struck at the very nature of our connection to one another, we have found new ways to strengthen our relationships and programs.
This year highlighted the importance of our core values. Our commitment to Courage, Vulnerability, Curiosity, and Trusting in the Messiness allowed Sagesse to quickly assess our new situation and make changes to our programs, our service delivery, and work structure. Our ability to respond to the global pandemic – quickly and effectively – is a direct result of the successful strategy we have embraced for three decades.
This year’s annual report highlights the importance of innovative thinking to tackle large obstacles and thrive in turmoil.