Connections | April 2018   
Every Woman's Place for Support, Connections and Community.
You're Invited to our Annual General Meeting
Join us on Wednesday April 11 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm for our Annual General Meeting, where we will celebrate another amazing year of women supporting communities and communities supporting women.

We'll have a collaborative art installation from our Spring Artists in Residence , a short "year in review" presentation, and a chance to celebrate another great year together.  

For more details and to RSVP to this event please visit our website

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Volunteer Opportunities at the Women's Centre
We are currently looking for volunteer suppport for the following opportunities: 

Evening Hosts
Practice English
Community Group 
Peer Support

Current and new volunteers are welcome to apply. Positions are open to individuals who identify as women. For details on the opportunities and criteria for application please visit our website

Employment and Life Skills Program

The Employment and Life Skills Program (ELS) is the  Making Changes Association's foundational program. 

The program offers a series of workshops that help immigrant women plan and prepare for their future in Canada, i ncluding training in:
  • Resume Writing
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Networking
  • Career Planning and Innovative Job Search
The program is offered free of charge and free childcare for participants with children 6 months - 6 years old is available.

Next session will take place at the Genesis Centre every Tuesday for 8 weeks beginning May 1, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm.  

For more information and to register please call 403-262-5776 ext 1, or email:
Snapshot of Poverty: Presentation and Policy Consultation

On Wednesday, April 18, 8:30-11:30 am  Vibrant Communities Calgary  will host a Community Conversation on poverty in Calgary.

Vibrant Communities Calgary is preparing to release Snapshot of Poverty , a statistical representation of what poverty looks like in our city. Snapshot of Poverty  will help inform the inaugural policy briefs Vibrant Communities Calgary plans to present to the municipal and provincial governments. These documents will seek to recommend what can be done to reduce poverty in our city and in our province.

To register, please visit their Eventbrite page

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Women Lead YYC: Spring Applications Now Open
After the incredible response to the first edition of  Women Lead YYC , we are excited to announce we will be running a second installment of the program this Spring! 

Women Lead YYC is a free program for women who want to lead, influence or participate in collective action in order to improve their community. The next session will meet six times on Thursday evenings, between May 17 and June 21, 2018. Sessions will run from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm, and will cover topics like community organizing, strategic communications, movement building, connecting with allies, and addressing systemic barriers and root causes of community problems.

The deadline to apply is April 15. For more details, or to sign up please visit our website here
On the Blog:  Budgeting for Equity
"No budget is gender neutral and every budget is a feminist issue." 

Nevena, our Public Policy Coordinator, explores the importance of examining Federal and Provincial budgets through a feminist lens. She reflects on the importance of  investing in women, and shares why everyone benefits when women are considered throughout the budgeting process. 

To read more please visit her post on our website
Social Issues Discussion: Migrant Caregivers
Every year, thousands of people enter Canada as temporary foreign workers. Only a small percentage of these workers will be able to stay in Canada and become permanent residents or citizens. Women with temporary immigration status face unique challenges in Canada - including exploitation, sexual abuse, and long separation from family members. 

On Wednesday April 4, 6-8 pm please joins us for Migrant Caregivers: The Impact of Temporary Immigration on the Status on Women. We will explore the migration experiences of women who enter Canada as temporary workers, specifically those who come to work as caregivers for children. This discussion will focus on the lived experience of these migrants and their experiences living and working in Canada.

For more details and to register please visit our website
Join Us on Marathon Day as Part of the Women's Centre's Team
There's still time to join the Women's Centre's team this year to run, or walk in support of women in our community! 
On May 27, 2018 the Scotiabank Marathon will be your opportunity to raise funds for our Direct Assistance program, which was accessed over 16,000 times by women last year to receive food and personal care items like shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, tampons, and body wash.  
Upcoming Workshops
Our workshops are free and open to all women. View and register for the April workshops online  here

Creative Circle | Thursdays, April 5, 12, 19 & 26 (6-8 pm)
Creative Circle is a drop-in free-time group for any woman to join. This is your chance to explore your creative side with other women over a cup of coffee. Work on anything you can think of; from colouring, drawing, knitting, embroidery, or more. Bring something you've been working on, or use supplies provided by the Centre. There will be a host to help guide the group and assist your work.  

Environmental Issues Discussion: 
Reusable Menstrual Products | Wednesday, April 18 (6-8 pm)
Have you ever wondered there were more environmentally sustainable menstrual product options?  Come and learn about alternative menstrual products, the impact menstrual products can have on the environment, and try your hand at sewing your very own reusable menstrual pad to take home! 

This is a conversational group where women have an opportunity to practice English for daily situations. 
Drop-in basis; no sign-up required.
Boomerang Bags | Monday, April 30 (6-8 pm)
In this workshop, you will learn how to cut and sew reusable shopping bags using scrap fabric. You will get to take one home and donate another to the Boomerang Bag movement. Boomerang Bags works to reduce the use of plastic bags by engaging local communities in the making of reusable bags - made by community using recycled materials.
Our Vision: Women Supporting Communities, Communities Supporting Women.