January updates from Howe Sound Women's Centre Society

A New Year, New Beginnings

The New Year marks new beginnings in so many ways. For most, it is a time to re-focus on the things most important to us, like family, financial wellness, health and fitness. For those that we serve, the new year brings with it hope and strength.
To help share some of the stories of progress and hope, we are pleased to announce the re-launch of our e-newsletter, bringing you up-to-date information on the programs, events, and initiatives of the Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society. We hope you will join us on this journey through the year, as we work to spread the spirit of peace, joy, and empowerment to those in our community that need it most.
We welcome your input and ideas for future content. If you like what you see, please share this email with friends and family so that they too can join in the movement towards healthier, happier and more connected communities.


Don’t Be That Guy
Campaign Launches in Whistler

Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society, Whistler Community Services Society, and the Whistler RCMP have partnered with the Whistler Bar Group to launch the "Don't Be That Guy" campaign in Whistler. The campaign is a sexual assault prevention initiative developed by Sexual Assault Voices of Edmonton (“SAVE”) to address the issue of alcohol-facilitated sexual assault. 
Posters depicting strong visuals and messaging that sex without consent constitutes sexual assault will appear in men’s washrooms in bars and pubs throughout Whistler. The goal of the campaign is to promote awareness, responsible behavior and consent. The posters shift focus from the victim to the perpetrator, holding potential offenders responsible. Read more here.

Sea to Sky Sexual Health Survey
The launch of the Don’t Be That Guy campaign coincides with the launch of the Sea to Sky Sexual Health Survey, aimed at assessing sexual health services and education, occurrence and conditions of sexual assault, and service use. The survey is open to residents of the Sea to Sky Corridor until February 15, 2014. Take the survey now.

Sea to Sky Women’s Health Network
A new season begins for the Sea to Sky Women’s Health Network this January, thanks to funding support provided by TELUS. The goal of this program is to provide accessible health and wellness information to women throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor.

Our next event is a Women's Self Defense Workshop with the fierce and talented Sami Gustafson. This FREE event takes place at the Squamish Public Library from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. To register, contact us by phone at 604-892-5748.

Squamish Women Connecting
TEDxSquamishWomen was such an honour to be a part of, and we were inspired by the amazing stories of innovation, passion and social change that were shared by women from our own community and around the world. We will share the talks as they become available for online viewing.

We are also pleased to announce the details for our next event: Achieving Financial Fitness

If you are one of those people who has committed to improving your financial fitness in 2014, you do not want to miss this one! Michelle Pammenter-Young will draw on her inspiring and profound experience as a financial advisor, travel blogger, writer of the best-selling book "The Year I Died" and self-proclaimed Cancer Warrior, to provide a practical framework that will help you identify your priorities and the tools you need to reach your financial goals. The event takes place Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the offices of Borins & van der Ree LLP: Unit 43, 40137 Government Road, Squamish, BC. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online or by visiting the Howe Sound Women's Centre.

To learn more about these inspiring, informative networking events, visit our website, subscribe to our event e-newsletter, or like us on Facebook.

Volunteer Open House
Are you interested in giving back to your community, looking to develop new job skills, or network with others in your community? We will be holding a Volunteer Open House at the Howe Sound Women’s Centre (38021 Third Ave, Squamish, BC) on Thursday, January 30 from 5 pm – 7 pm. Drop by the Women's Centre to meet our team and learn more about the various volunteer opportunities available.

Grant work begins!

The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation recently announced $16,520 in funding for important upgrades to the roof, windows, and play structure at Pearl’s Place Transition House. We are pleased to share that the work is now underway, providing a more comfortable, safe place for women and children to stay when fleeing situations of abuse. Thank you Whistler Blackcomb Foundation for your kind and generous support!

Our American Friends

We are so grateful to the American Friends of Whistler, who have provided us with a grant of $10,000 to support the operation of the Whistler Women's Centre as well as provide new equipment and supplies for the Children Who Witness Abuse program. These generous individuals are an inspiring example of how our ability to affect social change transcends geographic borders. Many thanks to our American Friends!
Your generous donation improves the lives of women and children in our community.
Don't Be That Guy Campaign

Sexual Health Survey

Sea to Sky Women's Health Network

Squamish Women Connecting

Volunteer Open House

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