Connections | September 2019

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

Programs for Girls Who Want to Make New Connections

Our Girls' Programs are returning this fall. These are FREE opportunities for girls between grades 5-9 to build community, discover their existing strengths, and build upon their leadership skills all while doing fun activities and social action projects. All snacks, supplies and bus tickets are provided.

Girl Power After School , starting back up again on September 10th, is for girls in grades 5 and 6. Girls get to explore issues that they've identified as important to them such as body image and relationships. Activities like crafts, games, dancing, and theatre give girls a chance to talk about and take action on serious issues in their lives in fun and creative ways.  Girls hang out together late afternoon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3:30-5:30 pm.

Girl Force, for girls in grades 7-9, is entering its second year and will be starting back up again on September 10th. Every Tuesday evening from 6-8 pm, girls gather to lead sessions for each other, further develop their leadership skills, and discuss various social issues. Last year girls took a keen interest into topics related to mental health, relationships, and identity, which they explored through different "craftivism" projects and hands-on activities.

All of our programs for girls are drop-in and sign up will be ongoing. Interested? For more information about the program or for details on how to register, please contact Grace at 403-264-1155 or [email protected].

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Rocio at Beakerhead

Did you have a chance to meet our Artist in Resident Rocio, or attend her workshop? Her community art installation will be on display at Arts Commons +15Gallery. The exhibition will launch at Beakerhead and will run from September 9 to November 1.

Beakerhead runs September 18-22, and more information is available online.

Shaping a Just Canada: Town Hall Meeting

Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) invite you to discuss key policy issues in advance of the fall election. CPJ invites all members of the public to participate in the democratic process and to join a citizens movement that aims to shape a just Canada for all. The CPJ is a faithful voice for social justice in Canadian public policy focused primarily on poverty in Canada, ecological justice and refugee rights.
The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 12, 7:00 - 9:00 at  Ambrose University, 150 Ambrose Circle SW

Visit their website to register.  

SAIT Powwow

Thursday, September 19 join SAIT for a free Pow Wow at their soccer field. Indigenous dancing, ceremonies and cultural activities are there to witness and partake in as well as a local Artisan market. Visit the website for more information.

YYC Climate Parade and Expo

On September 20, join Calgarians at City Hall at 5 pm for a parade to St. Patrick's Island for an expo on all things climate related. 

The event hopes to bring awareness to climate change issues as well as support from Calgarians, all while having a fun and educational evening. Visit their website for more information.

Fair Fares Calgary - Transit Summit

Do you take public transit? Interested in learning more about it and making it better? What about more affordable, reliable, convenient, and accessible transit?

Join Fair Fares Calgary at CNIB on Thursday, September 26 from 10 am to 2 pm. Click here for more info and registration.

Etsy Market Charity of Choice Calgary

On Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28 the Etsy Calgary Market is taking place from 10 am to 5 pm at the Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd NE). Half the proceeds from the admission sales is being graciously donated to the Women's Centre!

Sneakpeak tickets for Friday are $8 and available on Eventbrite, or $5 on Saturday, at the doors. For more information click here.

Orange Shirt Day

Sunday, September 29 marks Orange Shirt Day. The Colour it Forward Reconciliation Society presents: Pokaiks, which honours the children affected by Residential Schools and the Sixties Scoop, and hopes to support the children of today and tomorrow.  This festival will include performance, art and activities, and food.

For more information click here.

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Football Volunteers Needed
Every year, the Women's Centre volunteers for ushering at Stampeders football games, as part of a fundraiser. Part of the Women's Centre budget is raised through this fundraising, and helps us sustain our programs to continue to help women in our communities.

It is now football season again and we are in need of 36-40 volunteers per game. The shifts are around 4 to 4.5 hours long and people can volunteer either individually or as a group. This is a very fun volunteering opportunity and a great way to help out the Centre! There are multiple opportunities coming up this fall including the Western Conference Final game and the Grey Cup game. 

For more information and/or to sign up to volunteer visit our website.
Environmental Issues: Nature Walk with Jessy
We invite you to join our Environmental Issues Coordinator Jessy on a Nature Walk through Fish Creek Provincial Park on Friday, September 13. Women can meet at the Women's Centre at 9 am, where a bus will be provided to transport them to the park. 

The walk will be lead by Jessy and guest speakers, who will speak about native Calgary plants and flowers, as well as climate change and our impact on the environment. 

For more information and to register visit our website.
Awareness into Action Series
September marks our first Awareness into Action Series. This three part series focuses on gender-based violence against Indigenous women. Women are welcome to partake in one, two, or all three workshops. The series is FREE to attend and child minding can be provided as well.

The first workshop is on Monday, September 23, from 6 to 8 pm.  It focuses on Violence Against Women , the women who are more likely to experience violence, and ways we as a society can deal with it.

The second workshop is Tuesday, October 1, from 6 to 8 pm, and focuses on Violence Against Indigenous Women. This workshop goes more in depth on where the marginalization against Indigenous women stems from, and the staggering rates of violence against them. This workshop is facilitated by Resolution Health Support Worker with Native Counselling Services of Alberta Marilyn North Peigan. Read more about her on the full website write-up here.

The final part to the series is the  Sisters in Spirit Vigil on
Friday, October 4, starting at 10 am. Women can come to the Women's Centre for sign making, then can all walk to the vigil as a group at 11 am. The vigil starts at 11:30 am. 

For more information visit our website.
Orange Shirt Day at the Women's Centre
Orange Shirt Day is a national awareness day to honour and remember residential school survivors. 

Join us on September 30 at the Women's Centre, from 1 - 3 pm for a brief information session on Orange Shirt Awareness Day. Learn about the history of Residential Schools and why Orange Shirt Day was created. 

Click here for more information.
New on the Blog: Meet Jessy and Arianna
We're welcoming two new members to our team! Meet your new Environmental Coordinator Jessy and your new Communications Assistant Arianna.

Read Jessy's welcome blog  here.

Read Arianna's welcome blog  here.
September Workshops

For a full list of upcoming September workshops and to register view our calendar here

Come try your hand at painting, or refine your skills, all while meeting other women and having some fun! This workshop is led by a facilitator and all supplies are provided.

This workshop happens every second Wednesday of the month, and is a chance for women to connect with other women and learn some new skills. This month, there will be a flower arranging course, lead by Magdalene from ChrisMags Floral Design. All supplies are provided.

Join us for one of our free informational workshops we host. This workshop focuses on poverty with a gendered lens. Childminding is provided. Anyone identifying as a woman is welcome to attend this workshop.
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