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According to the Mental Health Commission, on any given week, more than 500,000 Canadians are unable to go to work due to mental health problems. It is for this reason that we encourage the team at Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. to work on a collaborative working environment that supports the overall mental well-being of each team member.
It’s all about having the right tools to combat the stigma around mental illness. The Bell Let’s Talk Toolkit consists of simple everyday tactics that can be used to break the silence, including a conversation guide, workplace tips and social media images.
It’s Bell: Let’s Talk Day – so jump on the Bell site: https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/bell-lets-talk-day and familiarize yourself with some of the tools that will help get the conversations going! The site also has stories from people impacted by mental illness, as well as the impact and the results of the Bell Let’s Talk initiative. On Bell Let’s Talk Day 2018, actions resulted in Bell committing $6,919,199.75 more for mental health.
Fore more information on GETTING HELP visit the Canadian Mental Health Association for a resource to reach out to discuss your mental health.
If you are in crisis, please go to your local hospital or call 911 immediately.
Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. is supporting a warm clothing drive for Project Warmth Society of Alberta. Project Warmth supplies warm clothing, outerwear and blankets to several shelters, individuals and families in need throughout the city of Calgary.
From December 15 to January 25, 2019 we invite you to drop off new and gently-used winter clothing to our office located at 1036 – 10th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB.
This is Emerald Management & Realty Ltd.’s 5th annual warm clothing drive. With the help of team members, tenants, condominium owners and clients, we are proud to have helped collect warm clothing items for individuals and families in need.
What Is Needed?
Project Warmth is all about keeping people warm and believes that no one should ever be cold. Project Warmth is in desperate need of warm items to help those who are unable to provide these items for themselves and their families and accepting donations of:
- Sleeping bags
- Parkas, and
- Items of warm clothing.
Make a difference. Donate a warm clothing item. Nobody should be cold this winter season.
Domestic violence is a serious and prevalent issue that impacts thousands of individuals and families each year in Calgary, Alberta. Over the past several months, domestic violence has been a central topic in Calgary, with homicides and tragic events occurring at an increased rate.
On December 6, 2018, Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. was proud to sponsor and represent the property management community as special guest speakers during the Calgary Residential Rental Association learning session: The Domestic Violence Toolkit for Landlords. During the session we learned that a call is made to police approximately every 25 minutes to reporting a domestic related incident. In 2018, it is anticipated that over 20,000 calls will have been made to police because of domestic violence. HomeFront Calgary (non-profit that works in collaboration with Calgary Police Services and the justice system) created a heat map using clinical data to show that there are “no boundaries” to the issue of domestic violence. Effects are being felt in every quadrant of the city.
HomeFront’s Heat Map clearly shows that domestic violence is happening in the homes in every community in Calgary, Alberta. What happens at home can have a dramatic impact on the safety and productivity in the workplace and in rental properties. As landlords and property managers, we have a tremendous opportunity to support a consistent message of support to our community to help raise awareness and reduce the incidence and severity of domestic violence in rental premises.
There is a range of roles that landlords and property managers can take to reduce isolation and risks:
- Raise awareness about domestic violence and the availability of services
- Be mindful. Ask: “Are you ok?”
- Provide simple and accessible referral information
- Relocate tenants
- Terminate the lease early in compliance with the Safer Spaces Legislation (Visit FAQ’s For Renters for information about terminating your lease agreement early)
- Call the police
- Follow up with tenants and staff
By being aware of this social problem and informed of the signs of domestic abuse, we can help provide an educated response to our residents experiencing violence and refer to them all necessary avenues of support.
In our team workshop held with Sagesse and Calgary Police Services earlier in the Fall of 2018, the property managers at Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. learned that the following are some signs to be mindful of, when interacting with residents and rental properties:
- Repeated late payment of rent
- Change in tenant’s behaviour
- Change in visits to the office
- Expressions of fear
- Noise complaints
- Concerns expressed by other tenants
- Broken locks or doors
- Holes in walls, broken windows and damage to property
Recognize the signs. We all have a role and a responsibility to held address this issue that doesn’t stop at home. When domestic violence takes place in rental homes, apartments – it impacts our co-workers, residents and tenants. We can educate and inform to raise awareness amongst ourselves to aid in identifying risks and how to best handle resident and/or co-worker disclosures of domestic violence.
The Domestic Violence Toolkit for Landlords was designed for landlords, managers and related service providers with access to residential rental units. It includes:
- Information on how to help prevent domestic violence
- A list of services tenants can call for help
- A list of agencies to contact for more information about domestic violence
- A list of resources that will help you learn more about domestic violence.
Domestic violence can affect anyone. It does not discriminate by age, gender, socio-economic status, ethnicity, or ability. Anyone can be a perpetrator of domestic violence, and anyone an be a victim. As landlords we have a great opportunity to support change by being a caring corporation and ensuring safe homes for residents and team members.
Now more than ever, we need to recognize that domestic violence is an issue that impacts all of us, and it’s going to take everyone working in collaboration. We can start by raising awareness and putting into practice the advice shared by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta: if you see visible warning signs and risk factors, name your concern and take appropriate action to make a referral or ask for resources from partners like Sagesse or contacting a domestic violence call line.