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Riseup Society Alberta exists so that those who have or are experiencing intimate partner violence, gain support, are empowered, and realize hope.


Equality, Empowerment, Compassion, Accessibility, Innovation, Excellence, Education, and Collaboration.


Riseup Society Alberta brings hope and healing to those who have or are experiencing intimate partner violence and educates and empowers communities to end that abuse.

Executive Director
Board of Directors
Clinical Counsellors
Executive Director
Erna Carter, BSW, MSW, RSW and RPN, retired

Erna is a registered social worker and holds a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Social Work. She has extensive front line and management experience in the areas of child welfare, mental health, brain injury rehabilitation and community development. She was a member of the Psychiatric Nursing association but retired from the association in 2015. Erna has been a resident of the Leduc community for 37 years and was a member of the Riseup Board for 51/2 years. Her familiarity with Riseup Society Alberta, her commitment to the mission of the organization, and her management experience is an asset in her role as Executive Director of Riseup Society Alberta.

Board of Directors


Clinical Counsellors

Karin Stewart

Karin Stewart is a psychotherapist and clinical counsellor with a Masters Degree in Psychotherapy and Spirituality (MPS) from St. Stephen’s College in Edmonton.

Darlene Mievre

Darlene Mievre, BA, MC PSYCH, R.P. Darlene is a Registered Psychologist withe the College of Alberta Psychologists and a member of the Psychologists Association

Community Education

Individual Counselling

Riseup offers individual counselling to those who have experienced the trauma of domestic violence and abuse in an intimate partner relationship. Any form of abuse has the potential to have a deep and long term effect on someone’s ability to live life fully. Unravelling the complexities is difficult, and often requires the help of a trained and caring counsellor. Riseup Counsellors specialize in the area of family violence and abuse.


Loving someone else can often be seen as easier than loving yourself, but it is just as important. Self-compassion is a huge part of self-love and understanding, it involves noticing when you are in need and showing kindness, and sympathy to yourself – accepting what is or has happened and helping yourself as if you were helping a friend.

Healing Groups

Riseup Society offers healing groups for those impacted by domestic abuse within their intimate partner relationships. They are based on the understanding that profound healing is most often experienced in the context of a safe and supportive community. All groups focus on educating participants on the dynamics and impact of abuse, and on assisting them in their journey towards a holistic healing of mind, body and spirit.
These groups are offered when there is sufficient interest to comprise a full 8 week group.

2020 Annual Report