Tuesday, December 1, 2015

MAWS Giving Tuesday

GivingTuesday is a National Giving Day

Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday  …now GivingTuesday is coming to Canada on December 1, 2015.
It is a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others. Please spread the word and visit http://givingtuesday.ca/partners/manitoba-association-of-womens-shelters-maws#.Vl3RVraFPIV  to donate to MAWS.  For today only, if you use PayPal, they will also donate a percentage to MAWS.  We all win!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Donations Needed for Willow Place

DONATIONS NEEDED!  Willow Place Shelter is the new provincially funded large shelter in Winnipeg and they need donations.  If you have necessities like toothpaste and brushes, sanitary products, hair products, pajamas, underwear, socks for all ages, baby products etc. Please call 204-615-0313 to donate.  Thank you!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Up for Debate - Interviews tonight

Subject: Up for Debate event tonight / Place au debat . evenement ce soir
Event to launch leader’s interviews
A national conversation on women’s issues will be broadcast live from Toronto’s Isabel Bader theatre on Monday, Sept 21.
Up For Debate’s free event starts at 7:00pm and will feature a lineup of commentators and pundits analyzing and debating clips from exclusive one-on-one video interviews with four of the five federal party leaders. The four full 30 minute interviews will be released throughout the week following the event.
The interviews - focused on ending violence against women, ending women’s economic inequality and supporting women’s leadership - were conducted by well-known journalist and documentary filmmaker Francine Pelletier.
Emcee for the evening Jess Beaulieu – a Toronto based feminist comedian and writer, will be joined on stage by an issue panel of experts and academics including Kate McInturff, Senior Researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Alejandra Bravo, Manager of Leadership and Learning at the Maytree Foundation, Katherine Hensel, founder and principal lawyer at Hensel Barristers and Angela Robertson, Executive Director of Central Toronto Community Health Centres.
The event will also feature a media panel discussing the implications of this conversation on the election. Panelists include Althia Raj of the Huffington Post Canada, Laura Payton from Macleans, Laurie Monsabraaten of the Toronto Star, and Anna Mehler Paperny from Global News.
The show will be livestreamed on thestar.com in English and ledevoir.com in French. It will also be Periscoped by Twitter.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Invitation to the MAWS Annual General Meeting

The AGM for MAWS will be held on September 16th at 11:30am in the Windsor Room at the Viscount Gort Hotel on 1670 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg. A catered lunch will follow the business meeting so if you are planning on attending please RSVP Deena at deenacoordinator@maws.mb.ca by September 9th.

Thursday, June 18, 2015


The Canadian Network of Women's Shelters and Transitions Houses (CNWSTH) has launched Sheltersafe.ca. This website is on online map of women's shelters across Canada, providing an easy cell phone friendly way to find a shelter closest to you.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Thank you Winnipeg MP Joy Smith

Thank you MP Joy Smith for taking a stand on the movie release of 50 Shades of Grey.  As much as I dislike contributing to the media storm about this movie, I think it's important that people really think about what they watch.  Movies like this can support negative messages about what are healthy relationships and sexuality, and influence people who may be susceptible to the confusing messaging.  Please listen to Winnipeg MP Joy Smith and support the survivors of family violence by donating to MAWS, that's something you can feel good about.  

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New Shelter Announced for Selkirk MB

News Release
January 8, 2015

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Project a Partnership between Manitoba Government, City of Selkirk, Nova House Inc. and Local Citizens

SELKIRK-Women and children affected by family violence in the Selkirk area will have access to a new shelter thanks to a partnership with the Manitoba government, City of Selkirk, Nova House Inc. and local citizens, Housing and Community Development and Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross announced here today.

"Community organizations such as Nova House perform specialized and important work to help women and children affected by family violence," said Minister Irvin-Ross.  "Through Manitoba Housing and Community Development, we are committing $1 million to Nova House to help women and children affected by violence in Selkirk rebuild their lives in their own community."

Nova House has launched a campaign to raise $1 million, supported by a $500,000 private donation from the Jim and Betty Anne Gaynor family and a contribution of land, valued at $300,000, from the City of Selkirk.

Nova House provides facilities, programs and services in the Interlake and North Eastman regions to protect and empower women and children against domestic violence.  Nova House currently manages shelter accommodations in Selkirk and will provide programming and support for the women and children in the new facility. 

"The board of directors and staff of Nova House would like to thank everyone involved in making a new shelter a reality," said Anna Pazdzierski, executive director.  "We look forward to continuing to make a difference in our communities with this new, expanded service for victims of violence."

 "The City of Selkirk is very proud to have a leadership role in helping make a new regional Nova House women's shelter in Selkirk possible," said Mayor Larry Johannson.  "Along with the Jim and Betty Anne Gaynor family and all citizens of Selkirk, we understand clearly this new facility will have a profound and positive benefit for Manitoba families breaking the cycle of domestic violence."

In 2014-15, the Manitoba government provided an additional $687,000 for 35 community-based agencies that operate 37 programs dealing with family violence.  Since 1999, funding for a comprehensive range of services has increased by over 190 per cent and now totals nearly $13 million per year.

 "This announcement complements Budget 2014, a plan to create good jobs, grow the economy and protect front-line services by focusing on what matters most to Manitoba families," Finance Minister Greg Dewar said.  "The continued growth of communities depends on building healthier neighbourhoods for Manitoba families."
More information on Manitoba Housing and Community Development's long-term strategy Strong Communities - An Action Plan is available at www.gov.mb.ca/housing/.
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