Connections | January 2013         
Every Woman's Place for Support, Connections and Community.
Toy Room Wrap-Up  
Sandra, Toy Room Volunteer
Sharing the Tradition of Giving 

We were able to help more families during the holiday season thanks to an incredible showing of support from the community. Last month, over 1,700 children and 825 women in need were able to get assistance through our holiday program. More than 260 volunteers and 3,500 gifts came through our doors, along with many heart-warming stories of generosity. Families donated their Christmas presents, teachers rallied the support of students in schools, volunteers donated gifts and baked goodies, and several individuals and organizations hosted toy drives and fundraising events. Thank-you to everyone who made toy room possible this year. 


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Did You Know?

Only 14.5 percent of board seats in corporate Canada are held by women

(Catalyst, 2011).

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Comings & Goings
Goodbye, Carrie!Farewell to Carrie, Tahira and Caterina
Carrie Blaug, who joined the Centre nearly five years ago, is saying farewell this month. We are also saying goodbye to Tahira Ebrahim. Caterina Gut will be away on maternity leave until May 2013. Best of luck to each of you with your new adventures!

Welcome back Carolina and Holy
Carolina Dalgleish is returning from her leave of absence this month. Holy Linton is also returning to the Centre to join the basic needs team on a 4-month contract. We're excited to have both of you back!
Make One Change: A Women's Gathering
Call-out for Local Women's Groups  2007 Women's Centre Conference
We still have a few open spots for women's groups interested in taking the stage at our women's gathering on June 15, 2013. Presenters will be asked to share their perspectives on local issues impacting women, along with recommendations for making change. Email Aimar for more information. 
Featured January Workshops
Belly Dancing | Jan 14, 21, 28 (6-7pm)
Beginners and all skill levels are welcome. Dress comfortably (no skirts). All props and equipment will be provided.

Finding Our Voices |  Jan 14, 21, 28 (12-2pm)
Hosted by Peer Support Services for Abused Women. Sessions include self-esteem, body image, self-talk, healthy relationships, and assertiveness. No children in this workshop please. A childcare subsidy is available.

Cooking Night: Healthy Eating | Jan 31 (6-8pm)
Find out how to create a weekly step-by-step healthy eating plan on a budget. Hosted by specialist in holistic nutrition, Tracy Giles. Samples of healthy dishes will be served.

All of our workshops are free to attend. Click here  to view the complete January workshop calendar.
Our Vision: Women Supporting Communities, Communities Supporting Women.