The Women's Resource Centre Fall 2013 Newsletter
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What's New at TWRC

Domestic Violence Awareness

We will again be displaying the Clothesline Project during the month of November in honour of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During the Clothesline Project members of the public are invited to view various pieces of clothing on which individuals have written about their experiences with domestic violence. Members of the public are also welcome to make their own piece to add to the project. Date and location TBA, please contact the Centre for more information.

December 6th marks the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, and the anniversary of the murder of 14 women at  L'Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. We are again planning a vigil in honour of this important day. Date and location TBA, please contact the Centre for more information.

New Child and Youth Counsellor

The staff and board of The Women's Resource Centre were thrilled to welcome Ashley Heinrichs to our team this July. Ashley has her Diploma in Art Therapy and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. She takes a client centered approach to counselling and believes strongly in providing a safe, trusting environment to allow clients the opportunity to discover and work through their experience. Ashley has experience in working with children, adolescents, and adults as individuals and in groups. Her areas of experience and training include: anxiety, anger, cultural diversity, depression, dreams, domestic violence, crisis intervention, child and adolescent issues, coping with stress, grief and loss, relationship issues, school-related issues, and trauma.

2013 Westman Corporate Challenge

The first annual Westman Corporate Challenge wrapped up on September 14th, and organizers from The Women’s Resource Centre were overwhelmed by the response.

Corporate Challenges have become staples in larger Canadian cities, but here in Brandon in its first year, eight teams signed up with a total of 109 participants. Teams from Westoba Credit Union, Brandon University, Assiniboine Community College, Westman Communications Group, myITsource, Paterson Patterson Wyman Abel, Hair Today and BDO took part in five days of events, culminating in an Awards Social on Saturday night.

The 2013 Westman Corporate Challenge cup was won by BDO, as the team with the most overall points.

The individual event winners were:

• CEO Challenge - BDO

• Amazing Race - Assiniboine Community College

• Trivia Night - Assiniboine Community College

• Poker Tournament - myITsource

• Beach Volleyball - Brandon University

• Street Hockey - BDO

The prize for best t-shirt was given to Westoba Credit Union, and by raising more than $250 in pledges, Ryan Duthie won 2 round trip flight tickets for anywhere Westjet flies.

The Women’s Resource Centre would like to thank our title sponsor BDO, event sponsors Branstone Financial, The Dock, Houston’s, Hair Today and Paterson Patterson Wyman Abel, all the businesses and individuals who donated prizes and supplies, the many volunteers and last but not least, each and every one of the participants!

We can't wait to see you all again for the 2014 Westman Corporate Challenge!

Upcoming Programs

Setting the S.T.A.G.E.

Strong Teen Aged Girls Empowered—that’s what Setting the S.T.A.G.E. is all about!

This development group focuses on helping young women, ages 14-16, succeed by promoting self-sufficiency through hands-on learning and mentorship. This 6 week program promotes independence, healthy relationships, self respect, and confidence. If you know a girl who could benefit from this free program, please share this information with her or help her to register.

For more information please contact TWRC Child and Youth Counsellor at 1-204-571-6126 or by email at Start date for this Program is Tuesday November 12th, 6:00-7:30pm at The Women’s Resource Centre.

Employment Skills Development Month

For the month of November The Women’s Resource Centre will be providing one-on-one sessions with women to work on employment skills. Participants are asked to book appointments in advance and can choose from a variety of topics to work on, including: resumes and cover letters, job searching skills, skills assessments and transferability, and mock interviews. Each session will include the opportunity to access our free career clothing collection as well as other information about local resources. Please call the Centre to book your appointment!

Self Defense

The second Self Defense class of 2013 will be held on November 12th at Knox United Church. Doors open at 6:15pm and the class begins at 6:30pm. This is a FREE opportunity to learn some neat tips and tricks, as well as maneuvers for escaping different holds. All women are welcome to attend, but girls 16 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This event will be facilitated by the Japan Karate Association of Brandon & Area. Please register in advance by calling the Centre or stopping by.


Crafternoons continues with Project #2: Card Making. This is a free craft group and all materials are supplied. This project will run for four sessions, November 18th and 25th, and December 2nd and 9th from 1:00-3:00pm at The Women’s Resource Centre. Each session will focus on teaching a new card making technique. Come to one, come to them all!

Women’s Wellness Program

Free Yoga classes are held every other Wednesday afternoon from 2:00-3:00pm at the Centre. This is a wonderful opportunity to try a relaxing yet challenging exercise. If you are looking for something a little more invigorating The Women’s Wellness Program will be holding an introductory Zumba-style class on Friday November 15th from 1:00-2:00pm.

Other upcoming Wellness sessions include Stress and Time Management on October 30th, Thinking About Quitting? on November 13th, and Surviving the Holidays on November 27th. These workshops run from 2:00-3:00pm at the Centre, are free to attend, and are a wonderful opportunity to get guidance and information on the topics affecting your health and wellbeing. 

Book Club

Book Club is back! Meetings are currently being held every other Sunday morning at Forbidden Flavours (18th Street Location) at 10:30am. The next meeting will be November 3rd and the group will be discussing the first four stories of Alice Munro’s short story collection entitled Lives of Girls and Women.  

For more information on any of our programs or to register for an upcoming session, please contact The Women's Resource Centre at 204-726-8632.

Become a Monthly Supporter

All of our supporters play a critical role in the success of our Centre. By becoming a monthly supporter you can help to provide stable, year-round funding to support or Centre. This helps us to plan more effectively and use your dollars more efficiently.

You are always in control! At any time, you can increase, decrease, pause or stop your donations, all at your convenience.

Please commit to supporting the important work being done every day at the Centre in any amount that works for you. Even $5 per month will make a difference to the clients that need our help! With donations made automatically, our monthly giving program is the most convenient and effective way to support our Centre.

It's easy to sign up! Just click DONATE and choose the amount you would like to give. 

Thank you for supporting women and children in our community!

For more information please contact Danielle at (204) 726-8632 or
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