Connections  |  November 2017    
Every Woman's Place for Support, Connections and Community.
Snow is on the Ground and 
the Holidays are Top of Mind

The snow, thankfully, held out until the day after Halloween to allow kids to trick-or-treat without having to wear their winter clothing! As you begin to make plans with your family and friends to get together over the holiday season, please include the Women's Centre on your list. 

The Toy Room is a program that happens every December and is accessed by thousands of women to provide gifts for their children. These gifts are generously donated by our community and lovingly wrapped by our volunteers. Help us make the holidays brighter for women and their families in our community by getting involved! You can bring in a gift, organize a toy drive at work, or volunteer in our Toy Room. 

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The Marda Loop Justice Film Festival is a free film festival, which presents social issue documentaries from international filmmakers around the globe. The festival runs for six days in four venues throughout Calgary.  

November 14 - 19

Basic Income YYC believes in and supports the creation of a basic income program. Please join us for the last Basic Income Calgary network meeting of 2017. We will: learn about local action to advance basic income, share feedback on Basic Income Calgary's plans for 2018, explore ways to support action and develop a basic income "myth busters" document. 

Monday November 20, 6:45pm 

Forest Lawn Library
4807 8 Ave SW

Do you remember our first Artists in Residence, Hayley and Kayley of Femme Wave? Femme Wave Arts Festival is happening next week November 16-19

Femme Wave is Western Canada's only multi-disciplinary feminist arts festival. Make sure to check out all of the events on their website here

Did you know there are free and pay-what-you-can events, as well as, all ages events throughout the festival? Everything from film, music, art, comedy and workshops. 

Feminist Art and Related Practices Venue

Does  Calgary need a workspace and venue that celebrates and supports feminist art and related practices by cis and trans women, femmes, and non-binary individuals?  Steph Perrin of Femme Wave has developed a public survey to collect feedback on the need for these spaces. 

Your participation is voluntary and will help move an idea forward into an action plan based on the needs of the community. This survey is entirely anonymous and will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes of your time.

Details & survey here

Let's meet at the Women's Centre and walk to the Calgary Public Library: Central Library (616 Macleod Trail SE).
She Who Dares is a one-of-a-kind interactive and creative installation, organized by the YWCA, which encourages the audience to discover the impacts made by women in our community. Audiences are invited to explore and uncover the stories of 150 incredible women. We will walk there together, no return trip planned.  Meet us at the Women's Centre to walk down or meet us at the Calgary Public Library.

Monday November 27,  6-8pm

Sign up here.

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Keeping Transit Affordable for All 
People living in extreme poverty have shown the City of Calgary that there is a  huge need for affordable transportation in our city. After the launch of the sliding scale for the Low-Income Transit Pass in April, thousands of Calgarians applied for newly affordable passes.

Despite $4.5 million a year for the next 3 years provided in provincial funding, the overwhelming response means a funding shortfall is projected. Budget adjustment meetings at City Hall are scheduled for November 27. The Women's Centre is asking women in our community to show their support for the sliding scale program.

Read the full blog here learn more on ways in which you can support the Low-Income Transit pass. Or, sign up for the Affordable Transit Letter Writing Party workshop hosted at the Women's Centre on Wednesday November 15

20th Anniversary Celebrations
In October, our 20th  anniversary celebrations culminated with an open house and an event for volunteers and community supporters to celebrate two decades of women supporting communities and communities supporting women.

At the celebration, we connected over memories shared by Yvonne Stanford, our first board chair, and thoughts from current co-chairs Dorothy Wong and Kerry Lynn Okita. We were also honoured to have Artist In Residence, Cobra Collins perform her spoken word poetry at the event. It was a great end to the celebrations we have had since our AGM in April when Mayor Naheed Nenshi kicked things off with a talk on the importance of women's civic participation. 

As we move into the next twenty years, we honour our history and the community spirit and efforts which kept the Women's Centre open against immeasurable odds. You can read more about the history here. We thank our community for two amazing decades and can't wait to see what the next 20 years will bring!
Meet Our New Communications Assistant, Jessica, and Students, Breanna, and Julia!

We were excited to welcome Jessica, our new project Communications Assistant, along with Breanna and Julia, our practicum students for the fall semester to our team. Find out more about these amazing women in their blog posts below.

Upcoming Workshops 
Our workshops are free and open to all women. Click here to view the November workshops poster or click here to register at our online calendar.  

Child Minding at the Women's Centre

Did you know, child minding is available at the Women's Centre on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 - 8 pm? You can bring your child(ren) while you attend a workshop, go to a legal appointment, or simply enjoy a cup of coffee with a friend in our community space. Children must be between 19 months and 12 years old.

Contact Amanda by phone at 403-264-1155 or at to register your child(ren). 

Our Vision: Women Supporting Communities, Communities Supporting Women.