Connections | February 2019

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

Inspire, Empower, Lead:  Introducing Girls Lead YYC

Mark your calendars, because on February 21 we're launching  Girls Lead YYC , a five-week leadership program for girls in Grades 10-12!
Girls Lead YYC is designed to help girls uncover the leadership skills they already possess, while exploring new ones. This program will encourage girls to think critically about the world around them, equipping participants with the skills needed to identify, challenge, and address complex issues. Whether it's exploring topics like communication methods, healthy friendships and relationships, individual leadership styles, or community activism, Girls Lead YYC allows girls to identify the topics they'd like to see addressed, and creates a safe space where girls take the lead on addressing them.

Girls Lead YYC recognizes leadership can take many forms, and supports girls who want to work for meaningful social change in their schools, communities, or anywhere they see a need for it. Whether you're a girl with years of experience in a leadership role, or are simply interested in connecting with a group of inspiring girls your age, Girls Lead YYC is for you.

Applications for Girls Lead YYC are now open. This program is free, food and transit tickets are provided, and all girls are welcome! Click here to apply or learn more, and be sure to share with the girls and parents in your life today. 
CCASA Discussion Night - You Are What You See

Wednesday Feb 13th from 6:15 - 8:15 for a conversation about representation. 

Representation matters. The majority of media is created by men for other men and this has significant implications for everyone. Come for a discussion on the realities and implications of gender representation in today's society.  Click here to RSVP or for more information. 

We're Recruiting Board Members!
We are looking for a few dedicated feminists to join the Women's Centre Board of Directors. 
Board members help ensure the Women's Centre is effective and efficient in its mission to be every woman's place for support, connections and community. 
The time commitment for this role is approximately 10 hours a month for a term of between one and five years. 
We are looking for women with legal or financial backgrounds, board experience, and/or those who bring experience and understanding of diverse cultures.To submit your resume, or for more information
email .

We're Hiring! 

Do you have administrative experience, a passion for multi-tasking, and a desire to work for gender equity in Calgary ? We're hiring an Operations Coordinator! Full details can be found here, the position will remain open until a candidate is found. 
Queer Art Night 

Run through the Calgary School of Informal Education, Queer Art Night is an inclusive evening that takes place once a month for anyone who identifies as queer to make art! It is a drop in event where you can make friends and be creative in a safe environment.

This event will take place on Sunday February 3 from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm at CommunityWise Resource Centre at  101 223 12th Avenue SW.

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Join us to celebrate International Women's Day
March 8 is International Women's Day, a day to recognize women's achievements and acknowledge the challenges women continue to face in the quest for gender equality.

We're marking the occasion with our 20th annual  International Women's Day Celebration and Potluck, and you're invited! Join us on March 8 from 5:30 - 8:00 pm for a relaxed evening of community and connection. We'll celebrate with an art project from our Artists in Residence, door prizes, speeches, and a potluck dinner!

We invite guests who are able to bring a potluck dish to share, but this is by no means a requirement. This event is open to all ages and genders, bring a friend or just bring yourself. 

Doors open at 5:30 pm, event programming begins at 6:00 pm. Click here for more information or to RSVP.  We hope you can join us!

New on the Blog: Meet Shola and Diane
We're welcoming some new faces to the Women's Centre this month! 

This month on the Blog, meet our Basic Needs Coordinator Shola, and our Fund Development Coordinator Diane. We sat down with our two new staff members to hear about what inspires them, and what they are most excited to work on in their new roles. 

To read Shola's welcome blog, click here.

To read Diane's welcome blog, click here.
Social Issues Discussion
Join us for a discussion on the challenges and barriers Indigenous families are facing in relation to various forms of child interventions, including dealings with Calgary Child Family Services. This workshop is a chance to learn more about the issue from a social justice perspective.

Facilitators from  Mahmawi-atoskiwin and Calgary Legal Aid will share information and facilitate group discussion. Click here for more information or to RSVP. Please note this event open to anyone who identifies as a woman. 
February Workshops

Our workshops are free and open to all women. View and register for February workshops online  here .

Join us on the second Wednesday of every month for an activity led by a woman in our community! This month we will celebrate Chinese New Year with some traditional snacks, and learn to make origami lanterns. All workshop supplies are provided, all women are welcome!

Hosted by Calgary Centre for Sexuality , we will discuss common physical changes like menopause, healthy relationships, and the impacts of sexism and ageism on the ageing process. Health care advice will not be provided; this is simply informational.
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