February updates from Howe Sound Women's Centre Society

Domestic Violence Reports Up 87%

In January 2014 the Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society received information that Squamish RCMP saw a 87% increase in the number of reports of domestic violence(1) between 2012 and 2013. For the Sea to Sky Corridor as a whole, reports of domestic violence were up 46%.

At the same time these increases were occurring, the District of Squamish was suggesting the Squamish RCMP, among other public serving agencies, find a way to maintain or even cut their current operating budgets. For the RCMP this meant the possibility of no longer having funding for operation of their Victim Services program. The annual operating budget for Victim Services is less than $25,000 and the services offered through this program are provided free of charge to the public. Their services are not just related to domestic violence; other services include but are in no way limited to notifying families of the death of loved ones, and working with victims of crime. Read more here.


Squamish Women Connecting

Last chance to get your tickets for our Squamish Women Connecting event on February 6!

Our special guest speaker Michelle Pammenter Young will draw on her own profound and inspiring experiences to share how you can make big changes in your financial health.

Michelle will show you how to:

  • Create a solid financial plan that empowers you to reach your personal and professional goals
  • Get out of debt AND protect your most important assets, such as your family, your home, and your income
  • Start saving NOW to make your dream retirement a reality

Thursday, February 6 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
at the offices of Borins & van der Ree LLP: 
Unit 43, 40137 Government Road, Squamish, BC.
(Parking is limited. Overflow parking available on Government Road)

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online or by visiting the Howe Sound Women's Centre.

Whistler Yoga Classes

Yoga continues at the Whistler Women's Centre with classes now running every Thursday morning from 9:30 - 10:30.  Please join us at the Whistler Drop-in Centre at 1519 Spring Creek Drive.  All women of all ability levels are encouraged to drop in for classes ranging from Flow to Restorative, and occasionally including unique guest teachers offering styles such as Chi-Gong and Sound Meditation.  Women's Centre Yoga is offered by donation, with mat use and childcare included.

(Note:  Childcare is offered in a separate space in the same building; no need to pre-register).  

This program is made possible by female yoga instructors donating their time.  If you are interested in joining our team of inspired instructors, or would like to receive monthly  yoga updates, please email or call 962-8711.


New Karma Classes!

We are also pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Yogacara Studios Whistler. Yogi Emily will be offering a Karma Class benefiting the Whistler Centre on the first Tuesday of every month from 12:15-1:15pm. To attend these ‘Pay it Forward’ Classes, students pay by donation of a canned good for the local food bank, the teacher provides the service for free, and Yogacara donates $3 for every student in attendance to the Women's Centre. A big, heartfelt thank you to Emily and Yogacara for hosting this new Pay It Forward Class for the Women's Centre!

To reserve your spot follow the links at


Vagina Monologues

February 15 & 16, 2014
7:00 pm

Quest University
Multi-Purpose Room

We are pleased to be partnering with students from Quest University for the annual production of V-Day’s Vagina Monologues on February 15 & 16, 2014. This show is part of a global campaign to end violence against women and girls, with proceeds from the event benefiting the Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society. This year’s event will also include a silent auction featuring student artwork and locally donated goods.

If you would like to donate silent auction items, please contact Marie McKinney at or 604-892-5748.

Tickets by donation at the door.

Your generous donation improves the lives of women and children in our community.
Domestic Violence Up 87%
Squamish Women Connecting
Whistler Yoga Schedule
New Karma Classes
Vagina Monologues
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