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Vision:

A society where justice is accessible to all, irrespective of background or circumstance. 

Mission:

We empower low-income individuals and families to navigate the complexities of the legal system for family, civil, immigration and criminal law. Our community-driven programs provide free support, information, advocacy, resources, and referrals to increase access to equitable justice for all. 

Values:


Client- Centred, Accessible, Integrity, Justice, Dignity, Respect, Collaboration, and Diversity. We wholeheartedly commit to the work we do within the community.

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About The Fort Foundation

Welcome to The Fort Foundation Community Justice Hub, a grassroots initiative powered by the passion and dedication of our community. We believe that meaningful change starts from the ground up. To date, our organization has been proudly funded by our founder and supported by the countless volunteer hours contributed by our amazing team. 


The Fort Foundation Community Justice Hub, a registered not-for-profit organization, is committed to providing community-based legal and justice programs to Albertans facing challenging circumstances. 


Many families and individuals in Fort Saskatchewan and nearby rural communities struggle to navigate the legal system when they need it most. Our main goal is to ensure that support and information are available and affordable.


Our Story

Our journey began in July 2022 when Sarah Spence founded the ‘Just Be Cause Foundation’ to support families and individuals facing homelessness. Driven by the belief that everyone deserves a place to call home, Sarah had a dream of building a transitional housing facility to provide a stepping stone for those grappling with housing insecurity and seeking justice. She collaborated with Heartland Community Commons to help unite the community and serve people more efficiently.


In January 2023, ‘The Fort Foundation’ was born, still under the umbrella of ‘Just Be Cause Foundation’ sharing the same principles, Sarah envisioned a welcoming space where community members could feel at home, enjoy a coffee, let their children play, and access vital information and resources. 


The name 'Fort Foundation' was chosen to symbolize strength, protection, and a solid foundation for families, individuals, and communities. Like a fort, our organization provides safety and support. The term 'foundation' underscores our commitment to creating enduring solutions that address the root causes of social issues and lay a strong foundation for a better future.


In April 2023, Sarah met Gloria Braithwaite, their shared experiences and passions led to a profound friendship. Sarah’s personal journey of moving to Canada, facing domestic issues, losing her home, and struggling to support her three children alone after a layoff, highlighted the gaps in societal support systems.


Sarah’s difficulties in securing legal aid, navigating immigration challenges, and starting over without familial support underscored the urgent need for comprehensive community resources. 


Together, Sarah and Gloria decided to expand their initial idea of a resource and play café into something much larger. With Sarah’s legal background from England and Gloria’s extensive experience supporting families and youth through a restorative justice lens, they envisioned the Fort Foundation to be geared more towards a Community Justice Hub.


In November 2023, the Fort Foundation Community Justice Hub opened its doors. The overwhelming response from the community confirmed the significant need for such services. 


As of May 2024, we have the generous support of the Alberta Ministry of Justice, which will significantly increase our ability to build capacity and enhance our operations. Recognizing our impact in providing access to justice for all, Alberta Justice has generously offered their support, further empowering us to achieve our mission.


The Power of Volunteers

Our strength lies in the dedication of our volunteers. Our team proudly contributes their time, energy, and skills, making our projects and initiatives possible. Their unwavering commitment allows us to operate effectively and stay connected to the community we serve.


Join Our Movement

We invite you to become part of our mission. Whether through volunteering your time or supporting us with a donation, your involvement is crucial to our success. Together, we can create lasting change.


Get Involved

If you're inspired by our story and want to make a difference, visit our Get Involved page. Learn how you can contribute your time, expertise, or resources to help us achieve our goals.



Thank you for believing in the power of grassroots action and for supporting our commitment to justice for all.​


We're committed to working closely with our community partners to offer comprehensive support, address larger social issues, and combat poverty. Access to justice, legal assistance, health, affordable housing, education, and social support should be universal rights accessible to all Albertans, regardless of their circumstances.

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Founder & Executive Director

Sarah Spence

Sarah Spence is the visionary founder of The Fort Foundation, dedicated to supporting families and individuals facing homelessness and housing insecurity. Born and raised in England, Sarah studied law and developed a strong foundation in legal principles and advocacy. In 2015, she moved to Canada, bringing with her a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to social justice.

Sarah's professional background includes extensive work in donor relations and advocacy for the homeless, making her a strong voice for affordable housing. Her personal journey has been marked by resilience and determination. As a single mother, Sarah has faced significant challenges, including eviction, food scarcity, and financial uncertainty as well as navigating divorce proceedings and immigration in a country unfamiliar to her. These experiences have profoundly shaped her understanding of the gaps in societal support systems and fuelled her drive to create meaningful change.


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Director of Justice and Research

Gloria Brathwaite

Gloria, a proactive leader driven by a deep commitment to social purpose, possesses a diverse skill set rooted in a holistic approach. She skillfully manages multiple objectives to enhance efficiency and foster positive outcomes.

Gloria's unwavering passion for social justice fuels her mission to create equitable opportunities for all. With a wealth of experience, she serves as a dynamic director.

Gloria's educational background encompasses social work, alternative dispute resolution, life and health coaching, and restorative practices. Her extensive career path, including private practice, professional and executive roles in the public sector, and various social purpose organizations, has equipped her with a wide array of experiences. These experiences encompass organizational development, community development, strategic planning, grant writing, the design and facilitation of meetings, conflict resolution, workshops, and outcome evaluation work.

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The highest priority of The Fort Foundation is to promote effective initiatives that serve the areas that need them most. We believe in taking action with urgency in order to raise public awareness about some of the most pressing issues facing today’s society.

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If you are in need of information and resources due to a legal challenge, please complete the form and we will have one our team reach out to you within 48 hours. Unfortunately we are currently not offering walk ins at this time. Please contact us by phone or email and we will schedule you for an appointment.

10308 100 Ave, Fort Saskatchewan 

877-359-3640

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