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Edmonton CoSA Benefit Concert

Edmonton Circles of Support and Accountability is pleased to announce a Benefit Concert on Saturday, November 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at St. Faith Anglican Church, 11725-93 Street. The featured artists will be Edmonton musicians Dave von Bieker and Tim Chesterton.

This event is a fundraiser for Edmonton CoSA which is a community-based public safety program that provides social support to sexual offenders who have been released into the community. Based upon restorative justice principles, the program has demonstrated that it
can reduce recidivism by over 70 percent.

Tim Chesterton sees himself primarily as an interpreter of traditional folk songs. He is inspired by the rich heritage of folk music – songs written in previous centuries, usually by unknown authors, and then passed down by word of mouth, moulded and re-moulded by each successive generation. His most recent release is a remake of a traditional song, ‘Courting is a Pleasure’.

Dave von Bieker is your bow-tied guide to the other side. He describes his style as alternative folk, and reveals influences ranging from Radiohead to Glen Hansard; Bahamas to Hall and Oates;
Cockburn to Cohen. Von Bieker’s latest four song EP, Where The Love Comes Easy, is available wherever fine music is sold or streamed.

Tickets for the concert are available by calling 780-691- 1712 or right here.

Edmonton Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA)

is a community-based initiative that operates on restorative justice principles. CoSA assists people who have served a prison sentence for a sexual offence or multiple sexual offences, and who request our help to prevent them from committing another sexual offense. CoSA is a community-based solution to address the problem of offenders who are released back into the community without having any positive support systems to assist them in safe transition and positive reintegration.

CoSA is a “Made-In-Canada” grass roots solution to crime prevention that has been very successful since its development and implementation in Hamilton, Ontario in 1994. In research conducted by correctional services in countries around the world that have adopted CoSA, it is clear that facilitated community reintegration and treatment, substantially reduces the risk of re-offense. To date, four studies demonstrating the effectiveness of the CoSA model have been published in international peer-reviewed journals.

Edmonton CoSA works in partnership with Alberta Health Services/Mental HealthUnlimited Potential Community ServicesCorrectional Service CanadaEdmonton Police ServiceJohn Howard Society of Edmonton, Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton and the Edmonton Neighbour Centre.

Edmonton CoSA is a member of CoSA Canada, the Canadian national association for Circles of Support and Accountability.