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To plead for, or support a person or issue. Some advocacy services assist individuals with problems such as consumer issues, rental problems, welfare appeals; other advocacy groups aim to influence public policy or push for changes in the system or society in general.
The Alberta Mental Health Patient Advocate is an independent, provincial investigative body legislated under the Mental Health Act. The Patient Advocate protects the rights of persons and investigates and resolves complaints related to the detention, treatment, care and rights of individuals subject to admission or renewal certificate/s or a community treatment order under the Act, and those acting on their behalf. The office also serves as a resource to the mental health community through education services and to policy and law makers by bringing a unique perspective
The Alberta Ombudsman investigates written complaints from individuals who feel they have been treated unfairly by an administrative decision, act, omission or recommendation of an Alberta government department, board, agency or commission and professional organizations. The Office of the Alberta Ombudsman is the recognized leader for independent investigation, promotion and support of administrative fairness.
The General Insurance OmbudService (GIO) is an independent, not-for-profit corporation that has been in operation since 2002 providing dispute resolution services for conflicts between complainants and their insurers in the areas of home, auto and business insurance. GIO’s neutral and professional mediators and experienced Information Officers help complainants and insurance companies work toward a solution that is in the best interests of both parties in a fair, independent and impartial environment. (PDF - 2 pages)
The mission of the Centre is to work with others to empower people to move from poverty to prosperity. They enable people to meet their own basic daily needs, participate in community, have sustainable livelihoods, feel hope for the future and make plans for a prosperous life. The Centre offers a variety of programs which include victims services and advocacy.
The Calgary Chinese Community Service Association is an ethnocultural community service agency. CCSA offers four core programs: Children and Youth, Integration and Civic Engagement (ICE), Health Program, and Legal Program. Their Law and Advocacy Program is funded by the Alberta Law Foundation and provides a range of services including: basic legal information and referrals, Commissioner for Oaths and Notary, a free legal outreach clinic and will and estate documents drafting services.
The Calgary Workers' Resource Centre (CWRC) is a small team of workers' advocates based in Calgary, Alberta (Canada). They help Calgarians understand and access the rights and benefits they are entitled to as workers under a variety of employment-related legislations.
The legislative mandate of the Child and Youth Advocate is set out in the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act (Enhancement Act). The Child and Youth Advocate provides advocacy for young people already served under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act (Enhancement Act) and the Protection of Sexually Exploited Children Act (PSECA)
Child Find Alberta provides resources at no cost to the public in the prevention and education of missing children. Their website provides safety tips for parents and guardians for abduction and harm prevention and links to Child Find Canada's Missing Childrens' Database.
The Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary (EFry) offers Pathways to Healing for women in conflict, or at risk of being in conflict, with the law by providing opportunities through supports and advocacy. Programs include: Prison and Community Outreach Program (PCOP), the Adult Court Legal Information Program, the Youth Court Work Program, the Community Awareness Program for Immigrants (CAPI), the Aboriginal Cultural Support Program, Berkana and Sabrina House, and the Volunteer Program.