Connections  |  June 2016   
Every Woman's Place for Support, Connections and Community.
Vote for our Winning Idea in the
Field Law Community Fund Program Contest
                                                                    
We need your help! The Women's Centre has been selected as a participating charity in the Field Law Community Fund Program Contest. We are one of 123 charities with ideas to support the communities we work with. This year, our idea is Personal Care Items, an important part of the Basic Need Assistance Program. We recognize the needs of women are unique and we would like to support them with the items they require so they can fully participate in their communities. Read more about our idea here.

Voting is easy! There's no need to create an account or give your e-mail address. Simply click this link and press the 'vote' button.

Please vote for our idea and encourage your friends and family to do the same! We value your support!
Calgary's Vital Signs 2016 survey now open 
Marking the tenth anniversary of its launch, Calgary's Vital Signs® 2016 is an annual check-up that measures the vitality of Calgary, identifies significant trends and assigns grades in areas critical to the quality of life in Calgary. We hope you will lend your voice to identify needs in the community and provide feedback on how to address issues. 

Good luck to all participants in the Scotiabank Marathon!  
This weekend, 16 runners will be running or walking in support of the Women's Centre in Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend on May 29th. They have been training and fundraising to help us reach our goal of $20,000. We would like to say thank you to them, along with the friends, family, neighbours, and co-workers who sponsored them. If you have time this weekend, come on out and cheer them on during the race! If you would like to support our runners/walkers by making a donation, click here.
 
Healing and Reconiliation through Education  

Dr. Pamela Palmater is a Mi'kmaw lawyer whose family originates from the Eel River Bar First Nation in New Brunswick. She is currently an Associate Professor and the Chair of Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University. Pamela is internationally recognized for her trailblazing and visionary work leadership.

With the support of the Calgary Foundation, Pamela will be speaking at the first session of a four part series focused on Reconciliation through Education.

The lecture will take place June 21 from 6:30-8 pm. Event details here

Save the Date: Women's Centre Stampede Lunch

Stampede season is fast approaching! Make sure to mark our lunch in your calendar. It will be happening:

Wednesday July 13
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Women's Centre of Calgary
39 - 4 Street NE

Formal invite will be sent soon 
 
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Meet Alexe, our new Practicum Student! 

We are happy to welcome Alexe, our new practicum student from the University of Calgary.

She is in the last semester of her Masters of Social Work program and is excited to end off her program with the Women's Centre.

Read more about her here.


Event Volunteers Needed 
 
We are quickly heading into football season and our annual casino to help raise funds for the the Women's Centre. These events are extremely important as the funds raised support the services we provide for women and their families.

Without our volunteers, these events would not be a success! If you are able to volunteer for one (or more) of these events, please sign up at the links below. Male volunteers are also welcome to participate in these events, so please share this with your family and friends.


Casino Night Information and Sign-up

Football Usher Information and Sign-up

Food Security in our City 

Food hampers are an important resource for thousands of women in Calgary, but what are some other ways we can address food insecurity in our city?

Renee MacKillop from the Alex Community Food Centre, and Miriam Bankey from CUPS hosted an interactive workshop on how communities can change food systems for the better.

Read about it here.
Girl Power Summer Camps 

The Women's Centre will be hosting Girl Power Summer Camps for girls aged 10 - 12 from July to August this summer.

If you, or someone you know has a daughter, niece, sister, or granddaughter who would like to join, you are encouraged to register them for this program! There is no cost to participate and funds for transportation will be provided if needed.

Contact sarah@womenscentrecalgary.org or call her at 403-264-1155 to register.
Upcoming Workshops 
 
Our workshops are free and open to all women. Click here to see the complete June calendar. 
 
Did you know you can access your tax information online? By signing up for My Account through the Canada Revenue Agency's website you will have instant access to your Notice of Assessment and the current year's T slips. You can change your address, banking information and more without having call the Canada Revenue Agency, stay on hold, and waiting for items to arrive in the mail! At this workshop, we will guide you step by step through the registration process.
NOTE: You will need to bring your 2015 Notice of Assessment in order to participate.  
 
Join us to cook and share an Aboriginal meal while talking about Aboriginal women's issues in Canada. What can we learn from their histories, stories, and experiences? What are some challenges that many women face today? Let's explore these issues together!
 
During Paint Night, we will be creating a beautiful spring landscape painting. The class is for painters of all levels including those who have never painted before. At the end of this class you will have a lovely painting that can be proudly displayed anywhere in your home.  

No children in these workshops, please.
Our Vision: Women Supporting Communities, Communities Supporting Women.