April is a month full of promise and new life. The songs of returning birds bring hope that the harshness of winter is giving way to the sunny days and warmth of spring. While at the same time, it’s virtually impossible to keep from smiling with all the glorious daffodils bobbing in the spring breeze alongside hyacinths, tulips and dwarf irises.

On April 22nd Canadians from coast to coast to coast will celebrate Earth Day and all the wonderful gifts that Mother Earth provides. Over 1 billion people from around the world participate each year. However, Earth Day is more than a celebration, it’s a commitment to living more sustainably so that there will be enough clean water, unpolluted air and arable land to support life seven generations from today.

As with Mother Earth, women living with, leaving, or healing from abusive relationships also find themselves under tremendous stress and facing a seemingly unending stream of demands. This situation offers few chances to truly relax and enjoy the moment. Quite often, the longer this situation continues, the harder it is to think clearly and make the best decisions for yourself and those in your care.

The Women’s Centre of Halton (TWCH) offers women the opportunity to set aside their worries and recharge their emotional and physical batteries. Consider these essential respites play for the weary woman’s soul.

The WCH is a safe, compassionate place to find support, explore life, and make connections. The Women’s Centre provides a wide range of services and programs as well as referrals to local community agencies that can best serve each client’s needs.

This month make time to do something special for yourself. Make the commitment to go to at least one of these free events from the TWCH’s Monthly Calendar:

COFFEE AND CONVERSATION – Meet women from all over the Halton who are looking for interesting, casual, and lighthearted discussions. Share a cup of coffee or tea and freshly baked goods provided for your enjoyment by the WCH. Monday mornings from 10 am to 12 pm. No registration required.

1-ON-1 LIFE COACHING – These short-term personalized meetings focus on building self- esteem and self-worth while helping you develop positive strategies to fully engage life.

SELF-CARE – Find the time to drop in to this indispensable monthly workshop! Learn a variety of ways to practice self-care, even in the midst of chaos. Essential personal care items available for women in need include shampoo, conditioner, hair products, soap, toothbrushes, tampons, and pads.

SELF-AWARENESS- Explore the traits in yourself and your life that are holding you back from finding fulfilling relationships. This month we will explore how to deal with narcissists on April 22.

The staff and volunteers at The Women’s Centre are looking forward to meeting you and introducing you to other women just like you. See you soon!