Women’s centre seeking local input

The Golden Women’s Resource Centre is inviting Golden women and girls to be part of a very important project.

The Golden Women’s Resource Centre is inviting Golden women and girls to be part of a very important project.

The centre is looking for women to volunteer their time as contributors, and join its Panel of Women (POW).

A Status of Women Canada-funded project called the Community Coordination for Safety in Relationships (CCSR) is looking for ideas and perspectives to help guide the direction of its programs and activities. And they want Golden women to provide that perspective.

The POW is comprised of women from different backgrounds and bring different experiences to the table.

These women should be concerned community members who want to see legitimate change happen around violence in relationships through prevention and increased service support.

They are also looking for women who have been through and/or are living with violence, are at risk of violence and sexual assault, have experience working with social services (as providers or as clients) or are survivors of family violence, intimate partner violence, and/or sexual assault.

The panel will be review current project activities and provide feedback and action ideas based on recommendations made in the Gender-Based Analysis Report. The analysis was conducted in Golden in the fall of 2012, and identified 17 recommendations and four key activities to addressing the issue of violence in our community.

Feedback and ideas from the POW will be considered by the CCSR Team when implementing priority items.

There will be an information session and luncheon on July 24 from noon to 2 p.m. to review project activities and outcomes thus far. There will be a lot of room for participation.

If you would like to participate, contact Sarah Wegelin at 250-344-5317 or mtnwomyn@uniserve.com. Women will be allowed to participate anonymously if they wish.

To date the CCRS team has developed the Golden Integrated Case Assessment Team to provide increased safety for women who are living in violent relationships where her life or the lives of her children are at risk; worked with Youth to develop a Youth Media Project.

Currently the team is working on a program for boys titled: Coaching Boys Into Men and is looking into community prevention and awareness training.