Connections | August 2018   

Every Woman's Place for Support, Connections and Community.
Explore Calgary's HERstories During Our Feminist Walk
Join us on our annual walk Thursday, August 16 to uncover the HERstories of our neighbouring communities! We will highlight the amazing women who have worked to make our communities stronger and discuss what still needs to be done. RSVP or learn more here. 
We recognize that a two-hour walk is not accessible for everyone.The walk takes around 40 minutes, but it will be spread out with multiple stops and chances for breaks. If you have questions about your accessibility needs and participating in this walk, please contact Amanda at or call

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Volunteers Needed for Food Day Program!
We're looking for support on Thursdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for our Food day program!

Volunteer responsibilities include carrying, sorting and organizing food, and working one-on-one with women to assist them in accessing food resources. .

For more information or to apply please visit our  website, or contact  Carole by email or call 403-264-1155

Human Rights Forum
The Human Rights Forum has been offered since 2007 as part of GlobalFest's programming to promote diversity, cross cultural respect, and equality in our community. 

The annual Human Rights Forum topics are structured around the UNESCO's Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination.

Human Rights Forum events will take place Tuesday, August 7 to Saturday, August 11.  More details can be found online here

A Long Time Coming
A Long Time Coming (ALTC), is the first annual summer festival, hosted by Generation Indigenous (GENi), which aims to bridge the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. 

On Sunday August 12, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at Olympic Plaza (228 8 Ave. S.E.),  you're invited to celebrate Indigenous culture through food, music, and traditional Indigenous activities!

Pride: A Conversation
The West Hillhurst Community Association (1940 6 Ave. N.W.) is hosting an informational session and Q&A with a panel of seven inspiring LGTBQ+ Calgarians on Wednesday August 29, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

This discussion is open to everyone.  Registration is recommended. 

For more details visit their Facebook event page here To register please visit their website here

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Lend Your Voice to Keep the Low Income Transit Passes Program
Funding for the Low Income Transit Pass sliding scale (which enables people in deep poverty to get passes for $5.15) is set to end in 2019. 
Fair Fares  is a local group of low-income people and community organizers working to ensure this program continues. Together, we are collecting stories to help advocate in  favour  of this program. We know that thousands of people across Calgary have benefited from the pass.
Share your thoughts on the sliding scale here: 
Meet Jacie, our new Reconciliation Coordinator 

We are excited to welcome Jacie to the Women's Centre Community! 

Jacie is joining our team as our Reconciliation Coordinator, and will work to bring learning and action around truth and reconciliation to the Women's Centre community. Learn more about Jacie by reading her welcome blog  here.
In Case You Missed It: Read a Recap of Our Social Issues Discussion - Consent & the Service Industry
Our July Social Issues Discussion focused on consent in the service industry. Makina and Maddie, from Bar Talks Events spoke of their personal experiences working in the services  industry, and Diana from the  Centre for Sexuality shared practical Bystander Intervention Training. 

Find a recap of the discussion  here

Please note there will be no Social Issues Discussion in August, but stay posted for updates on September events. 
August Workshops
Our workshops are free and open to all women. View and register for August workshops online  here

Computer Classes | Thursdays, August 2, 9, 16 & 23 (6:00 - 8:00 pm) 
This Computer Class Series is put on in partnership with the Calgary Public Library. All computers will be provided so women can practice hands on. If you know someone who may be interested in any of these workshops please share with them. 
Topics include:
August 2, 6:00 pm - Computer Skills for Job Seekers
August 9, 6:00 pm - Intro to Internet & Web Based Email
August 16, 6:00 pm - Intro to Social Media & Safety
August 23, 6:00 pm - Intro to Microsoft Word
Indigenous Learning: Jordan's Principle | Wednesday, August 15 (6:00 - 8:00 pm)
First Nations Health Consortium will be coming to teach us about Jordan's Principle. Jordan's Principle is a child-first principle created in Jordan Anderson's honour, to ensure First Nations children have equal and fair access to services ordinarily available to other Canadian children and to shield them from government disputes. First Nations Health Consortium is a child first service to ensure First Nations children are treated equally and fairly by connecting children and youth to essential services. Free child minding available for children ages 19 months to 12 years for this event.
Make and Take Night: Painting Social Justice | Wednesday, August 8 (6:00 - 8:00 pm)
Join us on the second Wednesday of each month for our Make and Take Night. In these workshops, any woman can be an artist, express her creative voice, and take something home. In August we will be making social justice inspired paintings. If there is an issue you're passionate about, express it in your painting!
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