Connections | April 2019

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

Our Annual General Meeting is April 24!

You're invited to the Women's Centre of Calgary's Annual General Meeting.
Join us on April 24 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm to celebrate another year of women supporting communities and communities supporting women.

We'll have snacks, a spoken word performance by our Artist in Residence Sally Njoroge and a chance to look back on some of our accomplishments in another year gone by. This event is open to everyone! Donations of personal care items for women in our community will be gratefully accepted. If you plan to attend, please RSVP here.
Provincial Election Resources 

Vote Compass - Alberta Provincial Election

Nonprofit Election Toolkit - Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations

The Case For Universal Child Care - Women's Centre Questions for Candidates

Elections Alberta Information - Find out How and Where to Vote

Becoming Builders: Proactive Advocacy for the Public Good

How can community advocates become better builders, focused on revitalizing and expanding public services and spaces for the betterment of everyone in our society? 

Join Public Interest Alberta and keynote speaker Trish Hennessy on April 3 from 7 - 9 pm for a presentation on building a collective vision for a more equitable future. Click here for more information or to RSVP.

Run for Women in the Calgary Marathon

Once again, we're putting together a team of community supporters to run for the Women's Centre in the Calgary Marathon. Save the date of race day, May 26, and sign up to run, walk or roll to support the Women's Centre today! 

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The Women's Centre Votes!
Alberta's provincial election will take place on April 16, 2019. 
At the Women's Centre, we encourage everyone to make their voice heard by voting. Did you know in the 2015 provincial election, one riding in Calgary was decided by just six votes? Every vote counts!

The Elections Alberta website contains information about how, and where to vote in the election.This includes information about early voting, also known as advance polls, which will take place from April 9-13. For election day, each voter will be assigned a specific voting station where they can go to cast their vote. But in the advance polls, any voter is able to vote in any poll in the city!

Unsure who you'll cast your vote for? The CBC Vote Compass is a tool developed by political scientists that shows you how your views compare with those of Alberta's political parties.

Want more information about how the election could impact Calgary? Check out YYC Matters, which highlights key areas in which the provincial government can support Calgary.

Finally, make sure to check out our Women's Centre Vote Walks!  During the advance polls we'll be offering two opportunities for women to walk to the voting stations together. Celebrate democracy among friends by walking from the Women's Centre to the nearest advance polling station. Our Vote Walks will take place Tuesday April 9 at 11 am, and Wednesday April 10 at 2 pm. More information here.

Child Care is a Women's Issue
Right now in Alberta, regulated child care is hard to find and  unaffordable for most.  At the Women's Centre we work to address the lack of affordable child care, because while this is a problem impacting families of all compositions, a lack of access to affordable child care has a disproportionately high impact on women.  

New on the Blog, we break down the ways in which a lack of access to quality, accessible child care impacts women and families in Alberta. Along with our Blog, we have a new Child Care Infographic,  which demonstrates the need for universal child care in our province, and includes questions to ask candidates regarding their stances on child care in the upcoming provincial election.
Applications Now Open - Women Lead YYC Cohort Four!
This Spring, we're inviting 20 women from all walks of life to come together for six weeks of leadership, activism, and community building in Women Lead YYC. Women Lead YYC is a free, six-week program for women interested in working for positive change in their communities. 

Women Lead YYC will meet six times, on Thursday evenings between May 2 and June 6. Sessions will cover topics like leadership, communications styles, advocacy, and addressing complex problems. Whether you have years of experience working to influence change, or are interested in connecting with a group of inspiring women, Women Lead YYC is for you.

Click here for more information, and be sure to check out our blog recapping the Cohort Three of Women Lead YYC. Applications for Women Lead YYC Cohort Four close April 14. 
April Workshops
Women's Issues |   Wednesday April 3 (6:00-8:00 pm) 

We will explore women's issues and concepts such as sexism and patriarchy. Participants will also have the chance to gain a better understanding of the Women's Centre's policy and advocacy initiatives.

Let's Talk: New Canada Food Guide  | Tuesday April 9  (6:00-8:00 pm)
Join us for a conversation about the New Canada Food Guide. Together, we will learn how to eat healthy on a budget in our daily lives. There will be light snacks.

Medicine PouchesWednesday April 17 (6:00-8:00 [,) 
Jackie is a Cree, Sioux, Saulteaux woman who has been a part of our Women's Centre community for many years. Join Jackie for a night of community and making your own medicine pouches out of leather. She will teach you about the meaning of the medicine pouch and how it's used to carry personal treasures from nature, medicine, and spirituality.

Our Vision: Women Supporting Communities, Communities Supporting Women.