Connections  |  December 2018    

Help Turn Holiday Dreams Into Reality

At the Women's Centre, we're counting down the days until the opening of our Holiday Toy Room!

This year, we hope to provide over 3,500 women and children with holiday support, but we are still in great need of gift donations for children of all  ages.
 
Our Holiday Toy Room is accessed by thousands of women seeking to provide gifts for their children. This  program  relies heavily on supporters like you, and as December 10 draws nearer we need your help! We are in need of donations of new, unwrapped gifts for children of all ages, as well as donations of gifts for our Women's Gifts Program. Our greatest need is for gifts catered toward teens, like $25 - $40 gift cards and movie tickets. For a full list of gift ideas, or to learn how you can help us make the holidays brighter for women and their families, click here.

If you would like to access the Holiday Toy Room, please call 403-264-1155 to book an appointment. 

We accept Toy Room donations up until December 20, but ask those who are able to drop donations off on, or before, December 10! 
Toy Pick Up Volunteers Wanted

Do you have access to a vehicle and an interest in supporting our holiday toy room? We are looking for toy room pick up volunteers! 

Pick up volunteers drive to different locations in Calgary to pick up holiday gifts that have been donated. This position has flexible hours and is open to all genders - learn more on our website or email carole@womenscentrecalgary.org for details.
Toy Room Admin Volunteers Wanted

Do you have a knack for organizing and an interest in supporting women in your community? We are looking for administrative volunteers to help us keep our Holiday Toy Room running smoothly! 

For more information or to apply  visit our website, or email carole@womenscentrecalgary.org

Take Action During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence
 
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence is a global campaign intended to bring awareness and challenge violence against women. 

The campaign, which runs every year, began on November 25 with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and wraps up on December 10 with

Join the conversation or follow along online by searching the hashtag #MyActionsMatter. 























Ways to Connect 

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Talking Sex Work with Shift
Join us on Wednesday December 5 from 6 - 8 pm for Sex Work in Calgary, our final Social Issues Discussion of the year. We'll be joined by Katelyn Dickin, educator with Shift, who will lead the conversation around this complex topic. 

Katelyn will explore the challenges faced by women involved in sex work, and will discuss the laws regarding sex work in Canada and other parts of the world. For more information or to RSVP, click here. 
New on the Blog: Creating a Season of Support

At the Women's Centre, 52% of the women in our community are experiencing poverty. This constant struggle to find food and shelter, to pay bills, and ultimately to maintain dignity affects women and their families at all times of the year. 

But the holiday season can be a particularly difficult time for women in our community. Surrounded by excitement and tremendous pressure to consume, many have told us they feel incredibly excluded. New on the  Blog, our Basic Needs Coordinator Carole reflects on why the holidays can be a difficult time, and shares a few ways we can work to make the holidays brighter for women in our community. Read Carole's Blog here.

Celebrating Changes to Social Assistance 

Earlier this month, the Women's Centre and our community partners called upon the Government of Alberta to address low social assistance levels in our province. On November 8, Minister of Social Services Irfan Sabir announced long sought-after changes to income support programs, including an indexing of AISH and Income Support, as well as small raises to core benefit rates. 

To learn more about what took place, check out our original call to action here, read the Government of Alberta's press release here, and see media coverage featuring the Women's Centre here. Thank you to our community partners and community members for working for this change, which brings Alberta one step closer to being a province where all residents are able to meet their basic needs. 
Upcoming Events and Workshops 
 
Our workshops are free and open to all women. View and register for December workshops online here. 

Join us for an evening of Bingo fun! No entry fees, one card per person per round, winners will be awarded small gifts!

Join us for our annual Solstice Lunch to celebrate the end of the year! Bring a dish to share or just bring yourself. No registration required.
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