The Women’s Centre was founded in 1989 when it was realized that women leaving shelters urgently needed aftercare in order to successfully return to the community. We are now the important first point of entry to services and programs for women in crisis, distress, or transition. Our main focus is on providing for the basic needs of safety, self-esteem, and self-sufficiency through client participation in various programs and services. Everything we do reflects our Mission Statement and is offered in the spirit of “Women Supporting Women”.
The Women’s Centre is dedicated to supporting women in crisis, distress, or transition by providing programs and services to effect positive change.
The Women’s Centre aims to be an exemplary leader in the development and delivery of quality programs and services for the benefit of the women accessing our Centre by being able to:
1.Provide services in a secure, non-judgmental, caring environment.
2.Offer a “one stop service” to support women in crisis, distress, or transition.
3.Encourage women to be empowered in their own lives.
4.Maintain an environment where clients, staff, and volunteers work as a team to perpetuate an atmosphere of support, heart, and compassion.
5.Be leaders in the community by effecting positive change.
The values that guide decisions and strategies include excellence, compassion, integrity, respect, empathy, innovation, collaboration, transparency, and accountability.
The Women’s Centre is open to all women regardless of age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or abilities.
The Women’s Centre supports the needs of women through peer support, counselling, education, seminars, and workshops.
We provide an environment and resources to support, educate, and empower women.
We listen, understand, and validate women in a non-judgmental and supportive atmosphere.
We are sensitive to a woman’s choices and life circumstances.
We enable women to have a voice by providing support and resources.
We foster respect and confidentiality at all times for our clients.
We promote anti-discrimination policies on race, culture, sexual orientation, religion, and ability.
We partner with other organizations to meet the needs of women in the community.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Women’s Centre is a not for profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board plays a vital role in governing the organization and ensuring community capacity building.
Delina Ivanova – President
Sarah Cowans – Vice-President
Caroline Kijak – Secretary
Jean Haynes – Treasurer
Maro Aziz – Director
Siobhan Desroches – Director
Monika Ercolani – Director
Rebecca Hanson – Director
2016 Annual Report
2017 Annual Report