Welcoming New Clinical Manager

Turning Point Society continues to streamline critical overdose prevention services to Central Albertans as a new Clinical Manager takes on the leadership of the temporary Overdose Prevention Site. RED DEER, ALBERTA, Jan. 1, 2023 — Turning Point Society is pleased to announce Cori Carlson (RN, BScN) as the Overdose Prevention Site’s (OPS’s) new Clinical Manager, […]

Remembered: An International Overdose Awareness Day Event

You’re invited to an evening of community connection as we gather in memory of all those we’ve lost to our Nation’s rising overdose crisis. All members of the public are welcome to attend this free event!

Tackling Alberta’s STBBI Crisis

A report published December 1, 2021, by the Alberta Community Council on HIV (ACCH) shows that 23,029 new STBBI cases were reported in Alberta in 2020.  While this number is 11 percent lower than the STI/HIV cases reported for 2019, community-based agencies like Turning Point Society say significant work is still needed to fill public health gaps.  

Mother-Daughter Duo Make Heartwarming Donation

Turning Point Society is hopeful many of its clients will have a warmer winter following a generous donation from Red Deers’ Nicki and Jayda Monilaws on October 8, 2021. The mother-daughter duo stopped by the non-profit Friday afternoon before the Thanksgiving long weekend to surprise staff with a carload of cold-weather items and $3,000 in gift cards.

OPS Observes Third Anniversary

Red Deer’s temporary Overdose Prevention Site (OPS) observes its third year delivering life-saving services to community members out of the city’s downtown core.   Central Alberta’s only OPS opened its doors on October 1, 2018 and has since had a total of 116,358 visits and 3,553 overdoses reversed.    “I’m glad we’ve been able to provide this service, as […]

Red Deer Offered Free HIV Self-Test Kits

This fall, Turning Point Society will be providing free INSTI HIV Self-Test kits to Red Deer citizens through the Test Now Community Distribution Project, a pilot program that aims to evaluate the efficacy and uptake of new HIV testing technologies.  The project will also serve as an opportunity to provide gay, bisexual, trans, Two-Spirit, and […]

Shining Light on Alberta’s Overdoses

Red Deer’s third annual 5k walk/run for overdose awareness, Leah’s Light, returns to the Kiwanis Picnic Park from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 28, 2021. With August 31 recognized as International Overdose Awareness Day, Leah’s Light once again hopes to generate greater overdose awareness and action within Central Alberta through this family-friendly […]

Mobile Overdose Response Training

Following the surge in opioid poisonings within Central Alberta, staff within our Overdose Prevention program have begun heading out to deliver mobile response training and education to community members within Red Deer and surrounding municipalities as of June 3rd, 2021.

Students’ Association Targets Period Poverty

Vulnerable individuals in Red Deer now have greater access to free period products, thanks to a generous donation of pads and other menstrual products from Red Deer College Students’ Association (RDCSA) on Wednesday, April 13, 2021. For the month of March, association members collected products from the community in an effort to alleviate period poverty […]

The Cycle Keeps Repeating

This excerpt is from a conversation had with one of our clients on March 16, 2021. “I’ve had my life threatened a couple of times due to distributing the wrong information. I got beat up by five guys with golf clubs and stabbed in the face twice last week. I think I spent maybe six […]