Connections | February 2020

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

Learn what a Just Transition to a Green Economy would look like in our February Issues Discussion

Interested in learning more about what "just transition" to a green economy means - and should mean, for women in particular?  We will look at Parkland Institute's previous work on just transition issues, including at the intersection with gender, and some emerging stuff on the green new deal (for Canada).

Group discussion will explore personal intersections with just transition & dreams for a green new deal.

Join us for an evening of learning, dreaming and discussion!

This project is supported by the Pilot Fund for Gender Equality, a collaboration between Community Foundations of Canada and the Equality Fund, with support from the Government of Canada.

To register, visit our website here.

Black Intersections

Join ActionDignity for their second Annual Black Intersections event on Tuesday, February 4 from 5:30-9pm. The event includes panel discussions on issues in the Black communitty, such as LGBTQ+, mental health, internalized racism, and more. 

This year ActionDignity is opening up the floor to more personal experience discussion. For more information, the event schedule, and to sign up for this free event, click here.

Am I Racist?

Sustainable Development Goals Alliance invites you to the University of Calgary on Wednesday, February 5 from 3-5pm for an event: Am I Racist? Stories of Colonialism and Racism in Development.

The event focuses on two segments: Racism & Development and Colonialism & Development. For more information and to register for the free event, click here

Calgary's 12th Annual Valentines' Day Women's Memorial March

Friday, February 14 marks the 12th Annual Valentines' Day Women's Memorial March. Come to the Scarboro United Church at 6:30pm for presentations and performances; the Memorial March starts at 7pm. 

The March works to raise awareness about violence against women, and inspire change. If you are interested in attending this event, click here for more information.

Valentine's Day Live Karaoke Band with Mariya Stokes

Join our winter Artist in Residence Mariya Stokes for Live Band Karaoke at the King Eddy on Friday, February 14 at 8pm. 

The event costs $20, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Women's Centre. For more information, click here

Centering of Black Women's Voices and Experiences

Join the University of Calgary's Faculty of Social Work to celebrate the contributions of Canadian Black women, in honour of Black History Month, on Friday, February 14 from 11:30am-1:30pm.

The event will include a discussion panel by four Black women, drumming and poetry. For more information, click here.

Free Family Fun Day

Join Eau Claire Market for a day of free family fun on Monday, February 17 from 11am-4pm. 

Bring your family along for magicians, balloons, Sesame Street, and live bands. For more information click  here.

Family Day Pajama Party

Come on down to the Calgary Central Library on Monday, February 17 from 12-4 pm in your pajamas for a day of cartoons, story time, arts and crafts.

For more information click here.

Calgary Career Fair & Training Expo

Looking for new employment or a career? Get in front of hiring managers at the Calgary Career Fair at the Telus Convention Centre on Tuesday, February 25 from 10am-3:30pm. 

This is a free event. For more information, click here.

Three generations of influential Indigenous women writers speaking at U of C literary event 

Visit MacEwan Hall at the University of Calgary on Friday, February 28 from 7-9pm to hear three generations of distinguished women, Lee Maracle, Leanne Betasamosake, and Gwen Benaway read from their respective works and take part in a panel discussion. 

For more information and to RSVP to this free event, click here.

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Join our Girls Programs! This month we discuss Black History Month and Pink Shirt Day!
Do you know a girl interested in making connections, discussing issues important to her, and having some fun? Join our Girls Programs! This month, our Girls Programs will be focusing on Black History Month and Pink Shirt Day, with activities centred around those topics.

Girl Power, for grades 5 and 6, runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-5:30pm. Girl Force, for grades 7 to 9, runs every Tuesday from 6-8pm.

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

Give Your Time as a Tax Volunteer
Do you have experience filing taxes and are looking for a volunteer opportunity? The Women's Centre is in need of Tax Volunteers for our free, weekly Tax Clinic

A suitable volunteer will have a minimum of two years of professional experience filing taxes, Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) registration, and EFile Screening.


If you are a woman interested in this position, visit our website here to apply.

Save the Date for International Women's Day Celebration!
International Women's Day is Sunday, March 8 and is a day to celebrate women's strength and achievements!

We will celebrate a day early, on Saturday, March 7 at 11:30-1:30pm at the Women's Centre. Everyone is welcome to join us for a potluck lunch and connections. More details to come.

Looking for another way to get involved on International Women's Day? We are in need of personal care items, such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, feminine hygiene products, lotions, deodorants, and diapers - items that all women should have access to. Donate today and support women in our community!

For more information on how to donate, please visit our website here.
New on the Blog: Meet our new Artist in Residence Penny Gunderson!        
2020 brings new Artists in Residence to the Women's Centre! Meet Penny Gunderson, an amazing woman who uses the encaustic painting art form to take a deeper look at disability. Penny will be leading February's Creative Women Power workshop with a mending circle. She will guide women through the slow, intentional stitch movement, discussing the history and impact of mending circles on women.

To read more about Penny and her plans as an Artist in Residence at the Centre, check out her blog

New on the Blog: Meet our new practicum students Hanna and Nathalie!         
We welcomed two new practicum students to support our team. Meet our new Connect with Others student, Hanna, and our new Basic Needs student, Nathalie.

Read Hanna's welcome blog  here.

Read Nathalie's welcome blog  here.

February Workshops

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

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 we will be learning how to make "Traditional Smudge Kits."
The purpose of this workshop is to understand what active diversity is, and to spend some time discussing barriers that women who use the Centre are often facing. Learn how the Women's Centre works to celebrate diversity and fight oppression, both in our individual interactions and in broader society.

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 join one of the Artists in Residence in a mending circle, where we will explore the slow stitching movement by working with clothing and linens. 
Our Vision: Women Supporting Communities, Communities Supporting Women.