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Board of Directors Photoshoot

On May 2nd the exceptionally talented photography duo Mark and Terri from Light Monkey Photography came to WomenatthecentrE’s offices to photograph the incoming Board of Directors. With hair beautifully sculpted by Linda Amoroso and Dawn Aloe of Rhome, and makeup skillfully applied by Annette King-Alexander, the members of the board looked stunning!

It was such a fun-filled experience for everyone – and pizza and wings helped!

See Light Monkey’s comments here.


Upcoming Event – 3 Degrees of Sisterhood – May 19th

Our first fundraising event is fast approaching! Organized by the best PR firm ever, ReiCura, this is going to be a wonderful girls-only evening. Don’t miss it!


York Region Women & Family Law Workshop

On April 28th and 29th, WomenatthecentrE’s Executive Director, Nneka MacGregor, facilitated a two-day Women’s Wellness Workshop (W³) with women survivors. Hosted by the York Region Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee, this workshop provided practical tools to help women navigate the family law process as well as develop their communication and public speaking skills.

Coordinated by the brilliant and dynamic Rubaiyat Karim and supported by the wonderful Minni Sehota, everybody in attendance learned and gained a lot.


Women at the Centre – A Workshop to Build Women’s Leadership and Voice

On March 28th, Executive Director Nneka MacGregor and Vivien Green facilitated a full-day workshop in Owen Sound.

Women at the Centre was a workshop for women in the Grey Bruce/Owen Sound region, who have used services because of abuse, mental health or addictions issues, and for service providers and advocates.

The day was hosted by the phenomenal Colleen Purdon, the coordinator of the Grey Bruce Violence Prevention Coordinating Committee and the Grey Bruce Mental Health, Addictions and Abuse Steering Committee, who sponsored the workshop, which was designed to:

  • Build women’s leadership and voice
  • Identify opportunities for joint action so services meet women’s needs
  • Plan collaboration strategies to involve of survivors at agency and community planning


Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies Symposium

The Critical Connections Symposium promoted increased awareness of the impact of woman abuse as it relates to the safety and well being of children and families. This event featured internationally recognized keynote speakers, highlighted collaborative programs in Ontario and launched an “ideas and practice guide” – Critical Connections: Where Woman Abuse and Child Safety Intersect – A Practice Guide for Child Welfare Professionals in Ontariofor service providers. This practice guide was heavily influenced by the feedback provided by women survivors in the December 2009 focus group facilitated by WomenatthecentrE in December.

Our Executive Director Nneka MacGregor attended and participated in panel discussions with Janet Meneses (survivor and community activist), Amandeep Kaur and Baldev Muttah (Punjabi Community Health Services), as they addressed ways to make the child welfare sector more responsive to the needs of diverse women in the province of Ontario.


Scarborough Women & Family Law Workshop

On March 6th WomenatthecentrE’s Executive Director, Nneka MacGregor, facilitated a full-day workshop with women survivors who were representing themselves in the family court. Hosted by the Scarborough Women’s Centre, this workshop provided practical tools to help women navigate the process. Our next workshop will be in April in York region.


We’ve Moved

We are excited to tell you that we have officially moved into our new location.

WomenatthecentrE are now @ The Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 121, Toronto, Ontario.


WomenatthecentrE of Child Welfare

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) is developing a Practice Guide, Policies and procedures and training material on how to ‘do things differently’ through understanding the connection between woman abuse and child protection. These will shape not only the way they deliver services, or the way their training is developed and delivered, but will influence the general attitudes of the staff working within Child Welfare, from management to the front-line workers.

On December 21st, WomenatthecentrE facilitated a focus group, bringing together women survivors from all over the province to help the OACAS get a better understanding of the complexities faced by women as they try to protect themselves and their children.

It was a great opportunity for us to raise the critical issues that they needed to know in order to make Child Welfare agencies more understanding and responsive to the real issues affecting us and our children, as we move our lives forward, free from violence.

They are moving forward with an awareness of the fact that they have three issues to address:

  1. how to protect at-risk children on the one hand, while
  2. working with the mothers & safety planning for women who are experiencing (have experienced) violence, and at the same time
  3. engaging abusive male partners and holding them accountable.

Thank you to all the amazing women who came forward and shared.


WomenatthecentrE Remembers

On the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, WomenatthecentrE held a gathering to honour the 14 women who were murdered 20 years ago. The theme of this year’s event was ‘Each Life Has Value’, in recognition of all women who lose their lives in gendered violence. Click here to view the thank you note.


Mental Health & Addictions – Women’s Roundtable

In October 2008, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care appointed an Advisory Group made up of people with lived experience of mental illness and addictions, family members, service providers and researchers to help develop a new 10 year strategy that could transform mental health and addiction services in Ontario.  In July 2009, following extensive research and discussions with people from across the province, the Advisory Group released Every Door is the Right Door, to provide a starting point for discussions on the province’s mental health and addictions strategy.

WomenatthecentrE was invited to participate in a roundtable consultation, facilitated by the Ontario Women’s Directorate, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, on the governments’ proposed 10-year Mental Health and Addictions Strategy. This roundtable focused on violence against women (VAW) and the connections between trauma associated with violence and mental illness and addiction.

In attendance were Nneka MacGregor (our Executive Director), Dawnmarie Harriott and Tania Perlin (2 of our members).

Stay tuned for more updates.

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