Connections  |  May 2015
Every Woman's Place for Support, Connections and Community.
Run and Walk for Women  


Women's Centre runners and walkers have raised over $6,000 for our Basic Needs program through the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon's Charity Challenge.  

Help us reach our goal by making a donation directly to our team page or by signing up to join our team! We have ten prizes for the top five fundraisers and bi-weekly running clinics for women and men.
Run and Walk day is on May 31st. With just under one more month to reach out goal, we need your support.     

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We're hiring!   
The Women's Centre is looking for a new Basic Needs Coordinator. She will work with the staff and volunteer team to ensure a well managed basic needs program, and work within our unique community capacity building peer model and promising practices. See the posting here.

Comings and Goings 
We'd like to welcome Sandra Wong to the Women's Centre team! Sandra is taking over for Sarah during the summer months as a Peer Program Coordinator. Read more about her here.
This month, we also said goodbye to practicum students Gianna, Stacy and Yohanna. Good luck with your future studies!
Aimar is Amazing   
Aimar Bracho, Program Coordinator, won the 2015 Bhayana Family Foundation Leadership Award from United Way Calgary and Area!
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One year in to a fresh start  


It turns out you can celebrate a birthday for a building! Our Annual General Meeting this past Wednesday doubled as a celebration for our first year in this beautiful new space on 4th Street. Over 100 guests attended and enjoyed snacks and entertainment after voting on business for the upcoming year.  

We also released our Annual Report  which is full of stories, thanks and statistics on our first few months in the new Women's Centre.
Thank you to everyone who attended and a special thanks to Elizabeth Christensen for putting on a great performance. Click here to see photos of the celebration. 
Volunteer Ushers Needed 


Football season is on the horizon!

Ushering at Stampeders' football games is a major fundraising event for the Women's Centre. For each game, we need between 36-40 women and men to sign up for 4-5 hours of volunteering. You get to enjoy the outdoors, watch a great game, and support women in your community all at the same time.
To sign up or for more information, contact Filsan at (403)264-1155 or For the full schedule of games, check out our blog here.  
A Different Kind of Mother's Day  


This Mother's Day, consider giving a different kind of gift.
In 2014, nearly one-third of all women who visited the Women's Centre were single mothers. Every day, we hear stories from women who are working hard to support themselves and their families.
Make a donation in honour of an important woman in your life and they will be recognized in our Annual Report, and a special spot in our online Living Quilt.
Upcoming Workshops 


Our workshops are free and open to all women. Click here to see the complete May calendar.  

Vietnamese Cuisine | May 7, 6-8pm

Cooking and conversation go well together. Learn the secret recipes of Northern Vietnamese pho or noodle soup with friends at the Women's Centre. There will also be a discussion about war, displacement and the impact on women in Vietnam. All supplies will be provided. No children in this workshop please.   


Breathing for Relaxation | May 11, 1:30-2:30pm
Want to learn a few simple ways to relax through breathing? Discover and practice different types of breathing for relaxation while listening to calming music. No children in this workshop please.  


Women in Sports | May 14, 6-8pm 

This workshop will discuss the recurring images and themes that we see and hear in the media around women in fitness and sports. The session will explore the social dynamics these images produce and their impact on women, whether they're athletes or individuals with an active, healthy lifestyle.  


Chinese Fusion | May 28, 6-8pm 

Sign up to our Chinese Fusion workshop to make spring rolls made with eggs or tofu. We'll also take some time to talk about women's role in the household and challenging cultural norms.   

Community Events  

Social Justice Encounter 2015 | May 20, 7-8:30pm
Enjoy an engaging and informative evening on a topic of pressing concern to Calgary families. Is reliable and affordable daycare a real possibility? In partnership with Public Interest Alberta.

Child Care Roundtable | May 25, 5:30-8:30pm
The Women's Centre Social Policy Committee invites you to a roundtable on Calgary's child care crisis. Join us to develop recommendations and strategies to make early learning and chlid care accessible and affordable for mothers. Child minding is available. Please RSVP by May 15.

Our Vision: Women Supporting Communities, Communities Supporting Women.