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The Women's Resource Centre provides programs, services, and counselling on issues affecting women, including family violence, while encouraging respect, diversity, and equality with a feminist perspective.
Spring 2015

Upcoming: Support Group for Latin Women

Grupo De Apoyo Para Mujeres Latinas

There exist multiple variables that affect female self-esteem, such as: cultural influences; struggling with parenting models; and the invasive, erratic and distorted messages sent by the media to women of all ages—messages that talk about beauty standards; how to be a strong, independent and multitasking woman; and how to be successful women in a world where people expect them to marry, have children, and be capable of keeping a man at their side. Is this a real and healthy concept of female success? Being women means to become mothers only?, have a family?, be submissive, complacent and skillful women who have answers for everything and everyone? Then, I wonder, what about their own goals and dreams as women? Sounds so hard to manage this, right? Now imagine how difficult it may be to deal with all of these things, adding the facts that some women have very low self-esteem, have suffered some type of family violence (financial, emotional, physical, etc.) and are immigrants; these are women who come from countries where prejudices related to religious beliefs and a macho culture shape the way they make decisions, choose their partners and define their project of life. Most Latin women have to carry a heavy weight by trying to face the challenges that a new country brings day by day. If I put these things together, I see high risk factors in Latin women. For that, The Women’s Resource Centre is responding to the need to empower Latin women in building a healthy self-esteem by inviting Spanish-speaking women to join our Support Group. This will be held every Saturday for nine sessions starting on April 11th, 2015 from 1:30-3:30 pm. Visit our Centre, call us, or visit our website for details!

Upcoming: Wellness Workshops

Exciting Presentations Coming Up at The Women's Resource Centre!

Our Wellness Program is hopping with all kinds of workshops and presentations!  Here's what's coming up in the next few months.  Remember to keep an eye on our website, your inbox, Facebook, and Twitter for new program offerings!

  • Apr. 1, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Yoga with Marisa at Central United Church
  • Apr. 8, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Stress Management (Part 1 of 3) with Melanie Hellyer from Health Promotion
  • Apr. 15, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Yoga with Marisa at Central United Church
  • May 6, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Yoga with Marisa at Central United Church
  • May 13, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Stress Management (Part 2 of 3) with Melanie Hellyer from Health Promotion
  • May 20, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Yoga with Marisa at Central United Church
  • May 27, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Stilettos to Moccasins with Deborah Tacan of the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (note: the Centre will be closed to the public during this workshop)
  • June 3, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Yoga with Marisa at Central United Church
  • June 10, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Stress Management (Part 3 of 3) with Melanie Hellyer from Health Promotion
  • June 17, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Yoga with Marisa at Central United Church
  • June 24, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Anxiety and Depression with Michelle Funk-Haney, Mental Health Worker from the 7th Street Health Access Centre
For more information about these workshops, visit our website and click on "News," call us at (204) 726-8632, or come by the Centre!  Call us or come by to register for any of the above presentations!

Update: 2015 Westman Corporate Challenge

We're Looking for Sponsors!

The Westman Corporate Challenge is an Olympic-style event in which businesses in Brandon compete in various sporting events and mental challenges in the evenings and on the weekend for one week in September.  2015 events will include: beach volleyball, trivia, mystery challenge, bowling, and poker.

If you're a Westman business and you'd like to sponsor part of our Corporate Challenge, click here for more info!

International Women's Day!

A Global Celebration of and for Women

International Women’s Day is a global celebration that acknowledges women’s economic, political and social achievements and has been observed since the early 1900s. International Working Women’s Day, as it was originally known, recognized the 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union. Women at the time were gathering to demand equal rights, the right to vote and hold public office and to protest against all forms of discrimination.

In recognition of International Women’s Day, the Women’s Resource Centre hosted an open house and luncheon on March 6th. More than fifty people attended and many lent their creative abilities by making prayer flags in support of women and children all over the world who are faced with many barriers and challenges. The flags hang in the Centre and our hope is that the inspirational words will provide encouragement for all who see them. 

Body Image Presentation

Thank You to Valarie Bittner from Westwind Counselling!

Thank you to Valarie for coming to our Centre to talk about body image!  As explained by Valarie, body image isn't what our bodies actually look like; body image is how we perceive ourselves.  And a healthier self-perception allows us to lead happier and more fulfilling lives.

Body image is an extremely important issue in society today.  According to statistics gathered by the Canadian Women's Foundation and posted on their website, 50% of girls in grade six are on a diet, nine out of ten girls say they feel pressure from the media to be thin, almost half-a-million girls have posted YouTube videos of themselves asking "Am I pretty, or am I ugly?," and about one-third of girls said they have starved themselves or refused to eat in order to become thinner.

Thank you to Valarie for reminding everyone that healthy and happy bodies come in all shapes and sizes!

My Time at The Women's Resource Centre

A Message from Faith John-Praise, Front Desk Administrator and Acting Community Resource Advocate

I have had the wonderful opportunity of working at The Women’s Resource Centre for the last nine (9) months and counting. In my time here I have learnt a lot about the importance of community, support, and the resources the centre provides to women in Brandon. Before I started working at the centre, I must admit that I was quite ignorant and uninformed about the prevalence of domestic violence, housing problems, lack of adequate resources and a host of other issues women in our community face. However, from my time spent in charge of front desk administration, and presently as the acting community resource advocate, I have become quite informed on the issues women face and the resources available to them. My favorite part of working at the centre is however found in the amazing, strong, beautiful, and hardworking women I have had the blessing of interacting with. Some of these women have been through so much, and yet they are so strong, so independent, and still so full of life. To these women, and many more out there going through hell and high waters, I admire your courage, your strength, your heart and devotion to making a life for yourself and those you love. For those of you going through domestic violence, and other forms of abuse, I would like to say that you deserve to be in a healthy, loving relationship, and we are here to help you. To the women of Brandon and the Westman area; you should know that on the inside of you resides a deep well full of strength and courage, so find it, draw from it, and become it.

Faith John-Praise

Thank You to Our Funders!

Major Funders

The Government of Manitoba: Family Violence Prevention Program
The United Way of Brandon & District

Program Funders

The City of Brandon
Margaret Laurence Endowment Fund
Shoppers Drug Mart Tree of Life
Manitoba Community Services Council
The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba
The Thomas Sill Foundation
Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation

2014 Corporate Challenge Sponsors

Title Sponsor:
BDO Canada LLP

Awards BBQ Sponsor:
Investors Group

Event Sponsors:
Branstone Financial Strategies
Brandon Regional Nurses
Hair Today / Mall Barbers
Patterson Patterson Wyman and Abel
Commission Rebate Realty

Family Violence Prevention Program
United Way of Brandon & District
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