Each year we select two or more women's support organizations in the city and then ask each member on the membership form to give us their preference.
Last year we supported Immigrant Women Services Ottawa. We were able to give them a cheque for $1000 at our year end ski outing and a further $500 as we settled our accounts for the year. We will be helping them again with proceeds from the Trilliums and Tea Hiking day on Wednesday, May 17.
Photo at left shows four of our original members from 1973, along with (l to r) Pat O'Regan, Rajnish Sharma, from Immigrant Women's Services and four of our original members from 1973, Linda Connell, Judy Meldrum, Jean Cooper and Diane Thomson . Photo by Pat Mortimer.
For the 2023 year we also donated $100 to each of the Community trails as we are so fortunate in Ottawa to have a safe, convenient and well tracked set of trails throughout Ottawa. We also donated $300 to Nakkertok as they provide, in addition to well groomed trails, a team of volunteer safety each time we visit.
For the 2023-24 Membership year we will be supporting one of:
Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa supports and advocates for young and adult women in the community who are criminalized or who are at risk of becoming criminalized. A feminist organization, Elizabeth Fry Society is inclusive, welcoming women of all ages, cultures, and with diverse identities and needs. Particular priorities include those reflecting criminalized communities, including indigenous women, and women living in poverty and exposed to gender based violence.
Youville Centre is committed to providing a wide range of services to young mothers and their children while assisting them in completing their high school education. Eligible young women include: those between the ages of 14 and 25, are pregnant or parenting, are working toward completing their secondary school diploma or certificate in Ontario, and can benefit from mental health services and other programming offered at Youville Centre.
This program offers young women aged 16 to 20 immediate access to safe housing. Open 365 days a year, the Evelyn Horne Young Women’s Shelter is always ready to welcome youth with nowhere else to turn. The shelter has 30 beds and offers both emergency shelter and transitional housing for up to a year. They also have access to help with support for mental health, employment, food, shelter and safety through their parent organization of Youth Services Bureau.
Thank you to our members who made their preference known on the 2023 membership form. Please make your choice for this year on the 2023-24 membership form.