We believe that our ballroom is a safe space that is well cared for by our staff and members of our community. We all work towards making the ballroom feel to be a welcoming environment to those that support and model this vision. With safety, we believe we may positively influence and act towards the betterment of the comfort and protection of our customers, renters, staff, volunteers, and neighbours. Virtues of safety and comfort that we advocate at Sugar Swing include the following: safety from physical harm including fire and injury; verbal abuse and offence; theft; infringement on personal boundaries (physical and emotional); trespassing; noise; harassment; instigating unsafe acts; hate crimes; racism; discrimination or violence against identifying as being LGBTQ+; discrimination referring to gender roles; religious offence; manipulation and predatory behaviour; fire; injury.
Each of these aspects are seen as very important to Sugar Swing Ballroom and each are to be taken seriously. Sugar Swing further agrees to take necessary action in order to protect itself and uphold its virtues. These actions may include recording incidents; meetings with those involved; reporting to the police; right to refuse service; and others. If an infringement or safety concern occurs, even if you are not sure, please contact any one of our staff and they will help to best direct your inquiry or report. When in doubt, you may also consult our Code of Conduct: http://www.sugarswing.com/code-conduct/
Ultimately our vision is to create an environment of joy, fulfillment, and growth!
All our staff members share this belief and desire to keep our space safe and comfortable. If you do not know them, they may be identified by them wearing a gold pin with the new Sugar Swing Ballroom logo. You may approach them at any time for help and direction. They may choose to wear these pins at our social dances as a show of pride and solidarity towards our ballroom, our vision, and advocacy of safe spaces.
The individuals at Sugar Swing who deal with Code of Conduct violations, incidents, and safer space policy are Elyse Szabo, Jenna O’Flaherty, and Birkley Wisniewski. You may approach any one of them at any time to deal with related matters.
If you feel safer submitting a tip anonymously, you may use this contact form. If and when you feel encouraged to take further action, please feel welcome to contact the individuals mentioned above or another party such as the Sexual Assault Center of Edmonton SACE (they have a helpful 24hr help line line at 780-423-4121) or Edmonton Police Service or at 911.