International Women's Day: #EmbraceEquity

As we celebrate IWD, the courageous women who call Sonshine Centre home inspire us. One woman’s story stands out this month that exemplifies the strength, compassion, and care of women who are leaving to live a violence free life:

Seyi came to Sonshine shortly before her delivery date. One of the most dangerous times for a woman to leave domestic abuse is during pregnancy. In Seyi’s decision to leave abuse, she also left friends and family to stay safe and keep her location undisclosed.

Seyi joined a cooking program at Sonshine, an opportunity to meet other woman who have gone through a similar experience. They make new friends while cooking with spice, sharing well-loved recipes from their homes, and celebrating culture together. Through this group, Seyi was embraced by other woman who call Sonshine home. Together, they planned how to support Seyi during her labour and delivery and her postpartum journey. Seyi let Sonshine staff know she didn’t require any planning support as the other residents had already agreed to be her community in this significant transition.

In the face of adversity and overcoming, these women, including Seyi, inspire us with their strength, determination, and compassion.

We live, work, play and heal in community. Women are often the backbones in our society as life givers, caregivers, leaders, innovators, advocates, mentors and so much more.

Learn more about our stance on digital safety for women this month as we align with our local and global community in supporting women in digital work and social environments.

Our Executive Director, Susan Herman wrote this wonderful blog - Read More Here

The Sonshine Spring Challenge is back

Spring Into Action this month to help us raise $100,000 in support of women and children impacted by domestic violence.

Keep your eyes on your inboxes March 15 for all the details and a link to make your gift!

Last month, we were thrilled to welcome folks from The Alex Preschool Dental Team at the Sonshine Children's Centre! Brenda and Jenn helped the kiddos practice brushing to get all those sugar bugs out, as well as provided checkups and preventative treatments.

The Preschool Program is an amazing new initiative that visits daycares and preschools, as well as community sites in Calgary, educating kids ages 3-5 and parents on healthy teeth and providing preventative services and referrals.

We're so grateful to work with such amazing partners like The Alex Community Health Centre.

Lace Up for Sonshine

You can now sign up to support Sonshine at the Calgary Marathon Charity Challenge! Participants are invited to run at the main event or virtually.

With so many ways to participate, you don't have to be an accomplished athlete to join the fun. Use our unique link when you register for any event and we'll earn an additional $5!

Register today before registration prices increase! 

More Community Support

As we expand our horizons, we have created a very unique and collaborative partnership with Wild Rose Brewery and Greta Bar to support our fundraising through sales at their arcade bar. Greta Bar has been supporting charities since it opened and this month we were chosen as charity in support for International Women's Day! Wild Rose Brewery has generously sponsored the event so we can accept a donation of sales.

Welcoming Drew To The Team

Hello Sonshine supporters! My name is Drew Gusztak and I am the new Director of Development and Communications. I've been quietly adjusting to this new adventure since December 2022! I come from The Mustard Seed where I served in upper management for roughly 10 years. I am passionate about serving in our community and I look forward to lifting up the families and creating capacity for life-giving change. Some of my passions are my Family, Music and Formula 1. I am inspired by our humble yet committed group of supporters behind Sonshine and our outstanding programs, so I want to thank you for being dedicated members of our community and supporting us throughout the years! I look forward to meeting many of you and I'll be behind most of the information coming your way!

More Ways to Support Sonshine


Have your recycling picked up from your home and donate to Sonshine at the same time with SkipTheDepot.


Shop eco-friendly goods from Vancouver's TruEarth and 20% from your order will be donated directly to Sonshine.

Sisters' Story Coffee

Stock up on organic, Fairtrade coffee from farms exclusively owned and operated by Indigenous women in Peru.

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