Connections  |  October 2016   
Every Woman's Place for Support, Connections and Community.
The Women's Centre Toy Room:
Help Support the Women in Your Community
September has flown by and we're now preparing for the holiday season at the Women's Centre. This past year has been quite hard on many families in Calgary and we are expecting a significant increase in the number of women who will access our services during November and December. Basic needs items like shampoo, conditioner, and body wash are especially important in providing support, but we also do our best to make the holidays a little brighter in our community through our Toy Room Program.

Last year, more than 4,000 gifts were provided to women and their children and we are anticipating even more this season. We invite you to have a significant impact on your community and donate a newly purchased gift to our program or to be a Toy Room volunteer.
Immigration Legal Advice Clinic
Elizabeth Fry Society will be at the Women's Centre to provide free advice for women with questions they have around immigration including citizenship and sponsorship. The clinics will be happening on November 1, 8 & 15 from 4-8 pm.

To sign up, call 403-264-1155.

Environmental Issues in our Community 
We are in the process of developing an environmental program at the Women's Centre and need your help! Please take 2 minutes to fill out this survey and tell us what issues around the environment are most important to you. What tools do you need to create change in your community? What does a healthy environment look like to you?

Scholarships for Women  
Status of Women Alberta is now accepting applications for the Person's Case Scholarship. This award is given to women who are studying subjects or have careers where women are underrepresented. Please pass this along to anyone you know who qualifies for this award!

Minimum Wage in Alberta 
How does minimum wage affect women in Alberta? This past weekend the level was raised from $11.20 to $12.20. A woman at the Centre told about us her experience with earning minimum wage.  
Women's Centre Engagement Survey
Each year, we survey the women in our community to get their feedback on what they think about the Women's Centre. If you have participated in a Women's Centre workshop, attended an event, or volunteered for one of our programs, please fill out the survey below. This survey is quite important to our work - we want to know what we're doing well and where we can improve! 

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Women Should Know Each Other 

Talking to someone you don't know or connecting with a complete stranger can be nerve-wracking or even downright scary. But getting to know other women in your community can lead to amazing things. We are a city of strong and talented women, and we should know each other. With this in mind, the Women's Centre is excited to announce our upcoming event, Women Should Know Each Other (WSKEO).

This is a grassroots community-building movement that Mark Hopkins started out of his living room in 2008. WSKEO and the Women's Centre share common goals of creating connections and building community, and we're excited to be hosting again this year.

Thursday October 20
5:30 - 7 pm
Women's Centre of Calgary
39 - 4 Street NE

Click here to RSVP
or call 403 264 1155.
Social Issues Discussion Series: Basic Income (TONIGHT)

Let's talk about basic income! How would our communities look if everyone could afford a reasonable standard of living? How would women's lives change if they had secure housing and food?

We invite all individuals who identify as women to learn more about basic income and provide their input on what it could look like.

Wednesday October 5 
6 - 8 pm 
Women's Centre of Calgary 
39 - 4 Street NE 
International Day of the Girl Celebration 
On Tuesday October 11, our Girl Up program will be having an open house and celebration for the International Day of the Girl. If you know a girl between the ages of 14 - 17, pass this information along to them!

We'll have pizza, music, a photo booth, and a 'zine making station and explain a bit more about what Girl Up is all about.

For more information, or to register, contact Sarah at 403-264-1155 or
Upcoming Workshops 
Our workshops are free and open to all women. Click here to see the complete October calendar. 
Join us to cook and share a meal while talking about women's issues. In this workshop, we will be cooking an Indian dish and discussing what women's lives are like in India. Let's explore Indian culture together!
Come and join us for a fun night of board games! Meet some friends, share some stories, and learn some new games in a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere.
Practice English | Tuesdays, October 4, 11, 18 & 25
Wednesdays, October 5, 12 & 19 (9:45 - 11:45 am)
This is a conversational group where women have an opportunity to practice English for daily situations. Drop-in basis; no sign-up required.

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