Connections | November 2018

Every Woman's Place for Support, Connections and Community.

Help us make the holidays bright 
The holidays may still feel far away to some, but at the Women's Centre November, means gearing up for our Holiday Toy Room! The holidays can be a difficult time for many, and thousands of women in Calgary struggle to afford holiday gifts.

Every December our Holiday Toy Room is accessed by thousands of women seeking to provide gifts for their children. This program relies heavily on supporters like you, as each and every gift in the program is donated by community members. We accept new, unwrapped gifts for children ages 0 - 17, as well as donations of women's gifts for women in our community. Learn more here about the type of gifts we accept.

Get involved and help make the holidays brighter for women and their families. You can donate to this program by dropping a gift off at the Women's Centre, organizing a toy drive at work, or even helping run our toy room as a volunteer! Help us get a start on one of biggest events of the year by donating today!

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual event organized to commemorate the lives of members of the transgender community lost in the past year. 

This year's event will take place at CommunityWise Resource Centre on Sunday November 18 from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm. For updates on this event, view the event Facebook page here.
Toy Room Admin Volunteers Wanted

Do you have a knack for organizing and an interest in supporting women in your community? We are looking for administrative volunteers to help us keep our Holiday Toy Room running smoothly! 

Job duties include answering phones, booking toy room appointments, and connecting with women to provide them with information about holiday resources and support.

Hours are flexible, this role is open to anyone who identifies as a woman. 
For more information or to apply visit our website, or email

Toy Pick Up Volunteers Wanted

Do you have access to a vehicle and an interest in supporting our holiday toy room? We are looking for toy room pick up volunteers! 

Pick up volunteers drive to different locations in Calgary to pick up holiday gifts that have been donated.This position has flexible hours and is open to all genders - learn more on our website or email for details. 

Femme Wave in YYC!

Femme Wave is Western Canada's only feminist arts festival! This year's festival will take place from November 15 - 18 at venues throughout the city. 

This festival includes  free and pay-what-you-can events, as well as all ages events throughout the festival. Check out everything from film, music, art, comedy and workshop by viewing the festival schedule.

#Campaign101 Series: Winning the Air Game

Equal Voice is a non-partisan group that works to increase awareness about the under-representation of women in the Canadian political sphere. 

Join Equal Voice on November 17 for "Winning the Air Game," a free event for women looking to learn more about political communications. Details here.

Marda Loop Justice Film Fest

The Marda Loop Justice Film Festival  has been sharing human rights, environmental, and socially significant documentary films since 2006. 

This year's festival runs from November 13 - 18, and admission is free! Click here to view the film lineup or learn more. 

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New on the Blog - Spotlight on our Peer Support Volunteers
Our Peer Support Volunteers are a group of incredible women who spend time at the Women's Centre on a weekly basis, carrying out a diverse number of responsibilities.  Being a Peer Support Volunteer means wearing many different hats, but at the core of this work are the principles of empathy, non-judgement, and support. 

New on the blog, read about a day in the life of a Women's Centre Peer Support Volunteer, and learn why some amazing women choose to give their time and energy in this role. We are currently recruiting volunteers for this position, so share with a friend or apply today!
Our November Environmental Discussion is a Clothing Swap!
Join the  Women's Centre and  Plastic-Free YYC for our Winter Clothing Swap, November 21, 6 - 8 pm at the Women's Centre.

Connect with other women, pick up new pieces for the new season and reduce your impact on the environment all at the same time! 

This event will begin with a presentation on waste reduction by Plastic-Free YYC, and then the swapping will begin! Connect with other women in your community, learn about socially conscious consumption, and come home with new-to-you clothing! 

This free event is open to anyone who identifies as a woman. Bring up to two garbage bags full of clothing to swap, but please note you do not need to bring clothing to participate.

Click here for event details or to RSVP!
Meet Jackie, our Fall Artist in Residence 
We're so excited to introduce Jackie Carrier as our Fall Artist in Residence!  Jackie is a Cree, Souix, Saulteaux artist who has been a part of the Women's Centre for many years. 

New on the Blog, Jackie shares her story, and tells us what inspires her to create art with women in her community. Read more about Jackie here, and be sure to attend her Dream Catcher Making Workshop on November 29 at the Women's Centre.
Our November Social Issues Discussion is Know Your Rights

Join us and facilitators from Calgary Legal Guidance for "Know Your Rights." which will take place on November 7 from 6 - 8 at the Women's Centre.

This workshop will be an accessible conversation aimed at sharing knowledge about rights when interacting with police. The workshop will be presented by lawyers who practice in these fields, and will be followed by a question and answer period. This workshop is for information purposes only and is not intended to substitute for or provide legal advice. Click here for more details or to RSVP!

November Workshops

Our workshops are free and open to all women. View and register for November workshops online here.

J oin us for Employment 101: a hands on workshop for women.
This workshop is the final installment of our 2018 Women's Leadership series, and is a space for all women to learn about and practice employment skills. 

Join us for a conversation hosted by the  Calgary Centre for Sexuality  about Aging and Women's Health. We will discuss common changes that are physiological (like menopause),  relationships and the impacts of sexism and ageism on the ageing process.

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