Connections | July 2020

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

Girls Summer Programs Launch This Month

Girls Summer Programs are going full Force (and full Power) starting this month. We have four online and four in-person programs running throughout July and August. They are 2-3 hours long and include topics such as the environment, gender stereotypes, activism and more! We provide free supplies, bus tickets and lunch to all participants.

ALL GIRLS ARE WELCOME. To register, please call: 403-264-1155 ext. 235 or email:

Session Dates:
Girls entering Grades 5-6: Girl Power
ONLINE: July 6 - July 10; August 4-August 7 (10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.)
IN-PERSON: July 13- July 16; August 10 - August 13 (9:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.)

Girls entering Grades 7-9: Girl Force
ONLINE: July 6 - July 10; August 4-August 7 (1:00 - 3:00 P.M.)
IN-PERSON: July 20 - July 23; August 17-August 20 (9:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.)

(Photo taken in 2019 camps. Physical distancing measures will be in place for 2020.)

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Diamond Willow Youth Lodge Virtual Programs

Throughout the summer Diamond Willow Youth Lodge will be running virtual programming on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 6:00-7:30 P.M., featuring guest speakers from across Treaty 7. They will also be running physically distanced programming at various locations across Calgary on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00-5:00 P.M. 
All programming is free and run on a drop-in basis. Please register in advance on their website

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Women Lead YYC Applications Now Open
Women Lead YYC will meet six times on Tuesday evenings September 22 - October 27, 2020. Sessions will run from 5:30 - 8:00 P.M., and will cover topics like community organizing, strategic communications, movement building, connecting with allies, and addressing systemic barriers and root causes of community problems.

We're assembling a group of 12 motivated women who are interested in building a network, and working for change at a local le vel. Sessions will take place in person at the Women's Centre while following Alberta Health guidelines; however, the program could move online via Zoom if provincial health circumstances change. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic child-minding will not be available for this cohort. This program is open to anyone who identifies as a woman.

Applications open June 29 for the September - October 2020 cohort and the application deadline is August 11. For more details, contact Monique at
Open By Appointment For Services
Reminder: the Women's Centre is now open by appointment. In-person services include: taxes, personal care items, food hampers and computer access. We are also providing coffee and pastries to women who visit for an appointment. Please call 403-264-1155 for details and to book your appointment. 

In order to offer some in-person services, we rearranged our space and placed dividers to ensure physical distancing measures. We have also implemented a phone and door screening processes.
Staff and volunteers continue to offer some supports by phone. We can currently assist women over the phone with food bank referrals and peer support, as well as legal advice and taxes. For a full list of available services please visit our  website here
Community Garden at the Centre

Read about a volunteer-led gardening initiative at the Centre that grew out of the shutdown this spring. 
Meet Era, Our New Girls Leadership Coordinator
New on the blog: meet Era!

Era is our new Girls Leadership Coordinator at the Centre. She has already jumped into summer programming and is excited to connect with the girls!

Read more on our website
July Workshops

Some of our workshops are now available online!

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

A virtual discussion on waste reduction and the importance of recycling, facilitated by Green Calgary. This discussion will empower you to properly manage your household waste and live more sustainably. You will also get tips on how to live with zero waste.

Learn about the history of the Women's Centre, the peer model, and why we do what we do. This workshop is required for anyone to volunteer at the Women's Centre and will be held online via Zoom.
Our Vision: Women Supporting Communities, Communities Supporting Women.