Connections | February 2013         
Every Woman's Place for Support, Connections and Community.
Work for Change
2012 Year in Review 
Women's Centre women worked incredibly hard over the past year advocating for women's rights in our region. A project worth highlighting was the creation of a background paper outlining policy recommendations in eight key areas to address women's poverty. Developed through a collaborative process, this paper was sent to thirty policy makers and followed-up by meetings with thirteen Calgary members of the legislative assembly, three ministers and two associate ministers.

Thank-you to everyone who contributed to our work for change initiatives! Click here to learn more about our work with women and poverty and to find out about some of the policy changes we helped influence last year.

Women in the Community
Jaime Emond
Belly Dancing: Perfection in Imperfection 
According to Jaime Emond, volunteer workshop faciltator at the Women's Centre, belly dancing is a great way to bring people together and break down barriers in how we view our bodies.

"It is an unfortunate fact that the world we live in often makes women feel as if they are in competition with each other. This really comes into play with physical appearance as we are constantly bombarded with images of unrealistic body types," says Jaime. Click here to read more.

Volunteer Recruitment
We need volunteers for: 
Peer Support  (day shifts) 
Interested in helping out?
Links & Resources
Comings & Goings
Join us in welcoming our winter-term practicum students!

Amy Dornian (MRU)
Katie Mikalauskas
Katie Mikalauskas (ACAD)

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Did You Know?
In the spring of 2013, Calgary city council members will officially change their titles from aldermen to city councillors.
Events in the Community
Women's Memorial March | Feb 14, 2013
Join the 5th Annual Valentine's Day Women's Memorial March -  an event aimed at honouring the lives of missing and murdered women in Southern Alberta. Doors open at 6pm; guest speakers start at 6:30pm. Location: Scarboro United Church.

Picture This: International Disability Film Festival | Feb 11 - 13
Canada's original international disability film festival celebrates films by and/or about people with disabilities. The Women's Centre has some free tickets available (please contact Sarah). Click here for more info.

International Women's Day Potluck | March 7, 2013 (5-8pm)  

Together, we're changing the face of power in Canada. Join us  in celebrating strong women and their achievements. There will be a potluck celebration followed by musical entertainment and a short program at the Kerby Centre. Click here for more info.  

International Women's Day | Mar 8, 2013  
To mark International Women's Day, there will be parade down Stephen Avenue Mall at 11:30am, ending with a celebration including speakers, food and fun at Olympic Plaza from 12:00 until 1:00pm. Several mini-fairs will be set up downtown to spread the word about International Women's Day. Please refer to our March e-newsletter for more information.
Featured February Workshops
Making Dream Catchers | Feb 5 (6-8pm) 
Credit: Flickr (CC) 
Learn how to make a dream catcher for yourself or a friend. All supplies will be provided. 

Restorative yoga helps to strengthen your body and soul and also helps to free your mind. Yoga mats and supplies will be provided.

If you were in charge, what is one thing you would change for women? Come to the Women's Centre on Feb 7 to have your photo taken with your response or send us your photo response by email anytime this month.

Baking Night: Healthy Eating | Feb 20 (6-8pm)
Discuss why sweet treats are a necessary part of a healthy diet. Samples of carob nut bars, oatmeal cookies and pumpkin spice bars will be provided.

All of our workshops are free to attend. Click here  to view the complete February workshop calendar.
Our Vision: Women Supporting Communities, Communities Supporting Women.