Connections | January 2015
Every Woman's Place for Support, Connections and Community.
Toy Room 2014 - A New Record!

There is something special about communities coming together to bring a happy holiday to neighbours and new friends.

Our 2014 Toy Room program has come to an end, and we reached a new record for the number of women and children accessing the program.

Over the course of 11 days, we were able to provide 1,094 women and 2,224 children with gifts this year. That is a 33% increase from 2013!

Thank you so much to our donors and volunteers. This program would not have been possible without your generous support.

To see more photos from the 2014 Toy Room, please click here


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Tax Volunteers Needed 
Are you interested in helping women file their tax returns? We're looking for volunteers who have experience filing taxes and have their own EFILE number.
To learn more, contact Carolina at  carolina@womenscentrecalgary.org 
Share Your Child Care Stories 
Many families are struggling to find child care. Others worry about the quality of care they have. We would love to hear your story about how Calgary's child care situation is impacting you and your family. How are you coping? Which supports do you wish you had? How would your life be different if you had these supports? Please contact Rhoda at  rhoda@womenscentrecalgary.org
Agents of Change 
Looking for a new home in 2015? We've recently partnered with Agents of Change. Use their service to find a socially-conscious real estate agent and a portion of the commission will go to the Women's Centre.
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Engaging the Community

Community building has always been an important part of the way we work at the Women's Centre.
Over the course of five months, we door-knocked, ran articles in community newsletters, gave presentations, met with community members, and hosted various events. We asked hundreds of women what they wanted to see at the Centre and what they were experiencing in the community. To read about what we learned and the next steps, check out the project write-up.
Girl Power Camp - Spring Break Edition 
For the first time ever, we are running a Girl Power Camp from March 23-27. All girls between the ages of 10-12 who have not previously attended Girl Power Camp are welcome! The camp is free. Lunches, snacks, transit tickets and supplies are all included. 
To register, please call the Women's Centre at 403-264-1155.
Featured Workshops
Our workshops & groups are free and open to all women. Click here to see the complete January calendar.

Zumba  |  Every Tuesday (6-7pm)
Come and join us every Tuesday evening starting Jan 13 for a Zumba class! Zumba is all about the party! Dance, shake and groove in a fun dance-style aerobic class that is designed to work for everyone at all fitness levels. No children in this workshop please.

Medicine Pouch  |  Jan 15 (6-8pm)
Come and learn how to create a traditional Medicine Pouch out of leather. Make your own colourful and practical Medicine Pouch to carry your prized possessions, significant items or little secrets... Or give it to someone special as a gift! All supplies will be provided. No children in this workshop please.

Tools for Supporting Victims  |  Jan 19 (6-8pm)
Come to this workshop and learn to recognize family violence in all its forms, respond to victims in a supportive way, handle difficult conversations and effectively refer individuals and families to local resources. No children in this workshop please.

Healing Touch and Guided Meditation  |  Jan 29 (6:30-8pm)
In this workshop, participants will be guided through a relaxing meditation session and will also be taught a basic healing touch self-care technique. This technique will help promote relaxation and restful sleep. No children in this workshop please.

Yoga  |  Every Wednesday (12-1pm)

Join us for a unique class and learn the art of the Asana yoga offered by the Bodhi Tree Yoga Centre. Tap into the fluid rhythm of breath married with movement. This inspiring yoga class will fill you to the brim and remind you that you are a strong and powerful woman! All levels welcome. No children in this workshop please. 

Our Vision: Women Supporting Communities, Communities Supporting Women.