Connections  |  May 2017    
Every Woman's Place for Support, Connections and Community.
Explore Calgary's Herstory

 Join us this weekend for our Feminist Walk and Girls Walk in celebration of the Jane's Walk festival in Calgary. Volunteers and Girl Program participants will lead tours to get to know more about our neighbourhoods. Learn about the issues women and girls face in Calgary, the accomplishments they have made, and how they envision creating a world that better supports them!

Everyone is welcome. Please dress for the weather as this event will take place rain or shine!

Girls Walk
Friday May 5
6:30 - 8:00 pm 

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Feminist Walk
Saturday May 6
1:30 - 3:30 pm 

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Women's Centre of Calgary
39 4 Street NE

Are you running or walking a 5k, 10k, half or full marathon at Scotiabank Marathon Race Weekend?
We are participating the the Scotibank Marathon Charity Challenge and are still welcoming runners and walkers who plan to race that weekend to join our fundraising team.

We have great prizes to give away to the top fundraisers.

First Prize
One month membership to Barre Body Studio
(along with barre socks and a water bottle)

Second Prize
$100 gift certificate to Cru Juice

Third Prize
5 passes to the Calgary International Film Festival

Fourth Prize
$50 worth of Market Bucks to the Calgary Farmers' Market

Every participant will also receive a swag bag on race day with more great goodies!

We are raising money for the Basic Needs Program to help women meet their basic needs. Our goal is $10,000; we're halfway with four weeks to go!

If you are interested in participating, click here to join the Women's Centre Team.

Call for Football Volunteers

Spring is in the air and with that comes our favourite outdoor activities, like football season. Each year, Women's Centre volunteers usher Stampeders football games to raise funds for the Women's Centre.

Volunteers usher one game per month from June to November. For each game, we need between 36-40 women and men to sign up for 4-5 hours of volunteering. Individuals and groups are welcome. You get to enjoy the outdoors, watch a great game, and support women in your community all at the same time!

Click here if you are interested in volunteering.

Environmental Issues Discussion:
Energy Empowerment

Join us and special guests for a conversation about Energy Empowerment. We'll talk about practical strategies and programs for all Calgarians to live a more energy efficient life, and will also discuss the problem of, and solution to, energy poverty here in Calgary.

Wednesday May 17 
6 - 8 pm
 Childminding is available. Please contact Amanda at 403-264-1155 to register your child(ren). 

Legal Advice Clinic: Family Law and Immigration Law
The Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary will be hosting free, one-on-one legal information and advice sessions on issues related to family law and immigration law. Issues they can provide advice on include divorce, separation, child custody, child support, spousal support, division of property, permanent residency and sponsorship application processes.

Thursday May 11  
4 - 8 pm

Please call us at 403-264-1155 to book an appointment.

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An Evening with our Artist in Residence: Deborah Willis

We will be hosting an evening of readings and conversation with our new Artist in Residence, Deborah Willis. She is a Calgary-based author and has been a Peer Support volunteer at Women's Centre since 2015. Deborah will join us to read a part of her new book "The Dark and Other Love Stories" and answer questions from the audience afterwards.

We'll have snacks and child minding is available. This is a free event open to anyone who identifies as a woman.

Check out this article to read more about Deborah and her new book. 
Canada's Poverty Reduction: Community Engagement

The Government of Canada has launched an online consultation process to engage with Canadians on key issues related to poverty. We are organizing a community engagement session so you have a chance to brainstorm answers to the survey's main questions with other women in your community. We'll talk about what poverty looks like in your neighbourhood, what your experiences are, and what changes you'd like to see. There will then be time available for you to submit your own official response on computers provided.

No children in this workshop please.

Women's Centre AGM: Thanks for attending!
Last week, we held our Annual General Meeting, welcoming our community to celebrate our accomplishments from last year and to kick off our 20th anniversary celebrations. Mayor Nenshi brought greetings from the City and encouraged us all to support women in our community.

A huge thank you to all our volunteers and supporters, we wouldn't be the vibrant community we are without you!

Click here to see photos from the event.
Upcoming Workshops 
Our workshops are free and open to all women. Click here to see the complete May calendar. 

Come and learn about reusable menstrual products to replace your pads and tampons. Not only are they comfortable, they're also inexpensive and good for the earth. Take home a menstrual cup or reusable pads.

Self-Care Kits | Wednesday, May 31 (6 - 8 pm)
In this workshop we will talk about the meaning of self-care, the unique and small ways we can look after ourselves, and decorate our own self-care kits.

Come and join us for a fun night of board games. Meet some friends, share some stories, and learn some new games in a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere.
Capoiera | Thursdays, May 4, 11, 18 & 25 (6:30 - 8 pm)
Developed over 500 years ago by African slaves in Brazil, Capoeira has its roots in Afro-Brazilian culture and was said to be both a form of cultural expression and self-defense. Classes involve martial arts, muscle strengthening, self-defense and acrobatics, as well as music and rhythmic expression. 

No children in these workshops, please. However, child minding is available at the Women's Centre on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 - 8 pm.

Contact Amanda by phone at 403-264-1155 or at to register your child(ren). 

Our Vision: Women Supporting Communities, Communities Supporting Women.