Connections | January 2020

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

Make connections with other girls through our Girls Programs

New on the blog, read one girl's experience with Girls Programs and the confidence she gained that gave her the opportunity to reach her full potential. 

With the new year here, our Girls Programs are back in full swing. Girls are invited to connect over issues and topics important to them, while having some fun. If you know a girl who would love to be a part of our Girls Programs, or who would grow into herself with this program then register today! These programs are free and open to anyone who identifies as a girl. Snacks and supplies are provided. Sessions begin Tuesday, January 14 at 3:30 pm for Girl Power and 6 pm for Girl Force.

For more information visit our website here, or contact Alexe at
[email protected].

Pipe Ceremony with Cree Elder Marion 2pm-5pm

From 2-5pm on Saturday, January 4 join the Diamond Willow Youth Lodge for the first monthly Pipe Ceremony of 2020.

The program is free and open for all youths, aged 12-29. For more information, visit their website  here.

Sunday Fundays

Every Sunday, from 12 to 3pm, head to the Devonian Gardens for free family fun. There will be activities such as arts and crafts, and learning about nature. For more information click here.

Women's Game Night

Sentry Box is hosting a free drop-in games night for women on Saturday, January 11 from 6-9pm. Come on down for a night of fun and connections with other women, with over 200 games to play. Click here for more information. 

Blackfoot Sweat Lodge Ceremony 11am-7pm

Join the Diamond Willow Youth Lodge from 11am-7pm on Saturday, January 25 for a Blackfoot style Sweat Lodge Ceremony.

This program is free and open to all youths ages 12-29. For more information visit their website here.

Calgary Job Fair

Are you looking for work, a career change, or help with employment? Visit the Calgary Job Fair on Tuesday, January 28 at the Radisson Hotel. Click here for more details and to register.


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Happy New Year from the Women's Centre
The staff and volunteers at the Women's Centre wish everyone a Happy New Year and look forward to a wonderful 2020! 
Thank you for supporting the Holiday Toy Room program
Thanks to the support of our community, our 2019 Toy Room was another huge success! This year we were able to provide gifts to 1341 women and 2855 children, this is an 8.6% increase from the 2018 Toy Room!

We want to extend a huge thank you to all our donors, toy drive organizers, sponsors, volunteers, staff, and community for all your donations and support. Toy Room cannot happen without all your help and you made a difference this holiday season for Calgary women and their families. 

Donate Personal Care Items 
The Women's Centre provides women with access to personal care items. We are currently asking for items such as, shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotions, feminine hygiene products, diapers, and deodorant.

For more information on how to donate please visit our website here.
Attend our Reconciliation Workshop: Building Relationships 
Tuesday, January 21 from 6-8 pm, join facilitator Tonya Crowchild in our Reconciliation Workshop and learn about the importance of Reconciliation from an Indigenous perspective. This workshop will touch on the history of Indigenous peoples, as well as the intergenerational trauma they face, and ongoing issues in today's society. 

The workshop aims to help women challenge their own assumptions on Indigenous issues as well as engage in productive discussion and make new connections.

For more information, and to register click here.
Enviromental Issues Discussion: Fork This! How our Food Choices Impact the Planet
How does our diet impact the environment? What food choices reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect the Earth's land and oceans, and conserve its fresh water? Learn about healthy food choices that benefit you and the planet.

Join us January 15 at 6 pm for this workshop facilitated by Linda Grandinetti and Jo Hildebrand on whole-food and plant based eating. ALL women are welcome: please join us whether you've been eating vegetarian your whole life or if you've never had a meal without meat and everyone in between.

To register for this workshop, click here.
January Workshops

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

Join us on the second Wednesday of every month. Together, we will eat some food, connect with other women, share our skills, and learn from each other. This month we will be learning how to make decorative centerpieces.

All women are welcome to join us. We are holding space to have conversations and learn more about Indigenous cultures with the Aboriginal Friendship Centre. This workshop is about Original Sound: "History of Past, Present and Future First Nations on Turtle Island."

We invite you to join this monthly yoga class at the Women's Centre. It is perfect for all abilities. Participate in self-care while focusing on slowly moving into basic yoga postures and your breath, which enables you to be present and mindful. You will leave the class with increased vitality, and a fostered connection to yourself. 
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