Connections  |  December 2016   
Every Woman's Place for Support, Connections and Community.
Less Than a Week Until Toy Room Opening

December is already here - we can't believe it! For the past few weeks, we have been collecting donations, recruiting and training volunteers, and engaging with our community to provide support to women in Calgary this holiday season. Last year, over 4,000 gifts were provided to women and children. We have experienced a 26% increase in services this year and are expecting the same for our Toy Room. We are still in great need of toys for 8-11 year olds, our largest group last year!

How can you help?

Share our Facebook posts and Tweets about Toy Room
Organize a Toy Drive with family, friends, and co-workers
Volunteer to pick up toy donations

Girl Up Program Launching in January 
Exciting news from the Girl Programs area! We are launching Girl Up, a volunteer leadership program for girls 14-17 years old, in January 2017 and we still have space for more participants!

The group will meet weekly (day of the week and time TBD).
Contact Sarah at or follow @girlupyyc on Instagram for more information!
Girl Power Afterschool Looking for Participants  
Girl Power After School, which runs every Tuesday & Thursday from 4:00 - 5:30pm (doors open at 3:30pm), is looking for more participants!

We will kick off the new year by exploring body image through fun activities and discussions. All girls 10-12 are welcome. This is a FREE program, all supplies, bus tickets, and food are provided.

Contact Alexe at for more info!  
Daytime Legal Advice Clinics and
Notary Public Service in the New Year

We are happy to announce legal advice clinics will be offered during the day in January, on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 am.

We will also be offering services for notary public, every second Wednesday from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

For more information, or to book an appointment contact Linda at 403-264-1155 or

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Save the Date:
Environmental Issues Discussion Series - Program Launch

What does it means to apply a gender lens to environmental issues? We are launching a new environmental issues discussion series at the Women's Centre. We are kicking things off with a discussion about gender, climate change, and the intersections between the two. We'll hear from special guests about climate change and its impacts here in Southern Alberta.

There will be an opportunity to mix and mingle, connect with other women interested in environmental issues, and provide input on future environmental issues discussion topics. We hope you can make it!

Kerry Lynn Okita Recognized for Her Contributions to Community
Our board co-chair, Kerry Lynn Okita, was recognized at the Women in Law Leadership awards as "Tomorrow's Leader." This award recognizes the accomplishments of a female lawyer who has demonstrated significant growth, development, and initiative throughout her first ten years of practice, and shows "great promise for superior legal capability and leadership potential through her actions and attitude."

We congratulate Kerry Lynn on the much-deserved award and thank her for the steadfast support of the Women's Centre. You can read more about her work here
Women's Centre Holiday Hours
We will be closed Wednesday December 21 at 5 pm for the holidays and will reopen in the New Year on Tuesday January 3 at 9:30 am.

We wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday season!
Upcoming Workshops 
Our workshops are free and open to all women. Click here to see the complete November calendar. 
Come join us for lunch to celebrate the end of the year!! Bring a snack to share or just bring yourself.
Adult colouring is great for de-stressing! We'll have different designs and all the materials you need to join in, not to mention some great company and conversation!
Fleece Hats and Scarves | Monday, December 19 (6 - 8 pm)
Come get winter ready with us and learn how to make your own creative fleece hat and scarf!

No children in these workshops, please.
Our Vision: Women Supporting Communities, Communities Supporting Women.