Welcome

Mission Statement
The Women’s Contact Society exists to provide support and services to all women and girls that improves their quality of life and empowers them to change ideas, laws and situations that denies equality in Williams Lake and area.

Vision Statement
Empower women and girls in all areas of their life.

Value Statement
Women’s Contact Society’s values are: equality, leadership, fairness, respect, honesty, inclusiveness, accountability, dependability and trustworthiness.

Guiding Principles
We believe women have the right to have control of their life.

Welcomes women of all ages, abilities, sexual orientation, cultural, social, and economic backgrounds.

“Our focus is on women. Our concern is for everyone.”

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia

 

Board of Directors
Valerie Coulthard
Penny Gimard
Alison Sutherland Mann
Rebecca Egilson
Kristen Stark
Macky Pierce
Ana Rawlek
Sunny Dyck

The Board of Directors meet monthly and operates on a consensus model.

History
The Women’s Contact Society is a non-profit society registered in 1982 under the Society Act, Ministry of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Province of British Columbia.

The Society is a place for all women, whatever their status, age, or lifestyle. We operate according to the principle of feminism: women have the right to be full and equal members of society.

Operations
Monday-Thursday
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Closed midday for COVID procedures
Friday: Phone only

We are closing early during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Membership and Governance
Our membership is approximately one hundred (100); the society is governed by a board of directors using the consensus model. Membership fee is a sliding scale from $2-$20.

Pro-Choice Stand
One of the primary objectives of the Women’s Contact Society is to provide an information and resource centre for all women, regardless of their age, race, religion or political beliefs.

In order to reach this objective the Society has taken a Pro-Choice stand regarding pregnancy, which means that the decision must lie with the individual.

The Society is prepared to offer information regarding all alternatives, but does not try to influence the decision of the individual. The Society will also offer support and friendship to each and every woman regardless of the choice she makes.

The Society is open to all women regardless of their thoughts and beliefs on the subject, but there is no room within the Society for women who will condemn others for their opinions or their choices.

Please be mindful that we are a scent reduced facility out of respect for staff and clients with scent-based sensitivities and allergies. Thank you.

The Women’s Contact Society respectfully acknowledges the traditional and unceded territory of the Secwepemc peoples, and neighboring lands of the Tsilhqot’in Nation and Cariboo-Chilcotin Tribal Council.

Contacts

Irene Willsie
Executive Director
i.willsie@womenscontact.org

Bobbi Krist
Daycare Manager/ Office Coordinator
b.krist@womenscontact.org

Michelle Stevens
Office Coordinator/Art Workshop Facilitator
info@womenscontact.org

Carrie McCormack
CCRR Coordinator
250-392-4118
c.mccormack@womenscontact.org

Rafiya Zubair
CCRR Child Care Consultant
250-392-4118
r.zubair@womenscontact.org

Eva Navrot
Women’s Counselling and Advocacy
250-392-4118
e.navrot@womenscontact.org

Eileen Alberton
Community Liason
250-392-4118
e.alberton@womenscontact.org

Kelsey Borgfjord
Family Law Advocacy Program
250-392-4118
k.borgfjord@womenscontact.org

Matthew Granlund
Legal Advocacy Program
250-392-4118
advocacy@womenscontact.org

Emergency Contact Numbers

RCMP 911
Williams Lake RCMP 1 (250) 392-6211
Hospital 1 (250) 392-4411
Ambulance 911
Emergency Shelter 1 (250) 398-6821
Transition House 1 (250) 398-5658
RCMP Victims Services 1 (250) 392-8709
Victims Link BC 1 (800) 563-0808
Aboriginal Victim Services 1 (250) 305-2350
Alexis Creek Victim Services 1 (250) 394-4011
Anahim Lake Victim Services 1 (250) 742-3237
Crisis & Counselling Toll Free 1 (888) 353-2273
Family & Sexual Violence Victim Support Service 1 (250) 398-8220 ext. 2005
Stopping the Violence Outreach 1 (250) 392-1000 ext. 220
Women’s Counseling 1 (250) 392-4118
Street Nurse 1 (250) 305-9645
Alexander Health Station 1 (250) 747-2255
Alexis Creek Health Station 1 (250) 394-4313
Esketemc Health Station 1 (250) 400-5651
Tl’etinqox-T’in Health Station 1 (250) 394-4240
Tsq’escenemc 1 (250) 397-2717
Canoe Creek Health Station 1 (250) 459-7749
Dog Creek Health Station 1 (250) 440-5822
Nemiah Health Station 1 (250) 394-7020
Tŝideldel Health Station 1 (250) 481-1133
Soda Creek Health Station 1 (250) 989-2355
Ulkatcho Nurse Station 1 (250) 742-3305
Ulkatcho Anahim Health Station 1 (250) 742-2090
Williams Lake First Nations Health Station 1 (250) 396-3532
Tl’esqox Health Station 1 (250) 659-5655
TRU Health Centre 1 (250) 392-8033

Safety Tips

  • Identify who would let you stay with them or lend you some money
  • Park in well-lit, well-used areas as close as possible to entry doors
  • Have a packed bag ready and keep it in a safe place in order to leave quickly
  • Create a Safety Plan
  • Practice how to get out of your house safely.
  • Identify which doors or windows would be safe and easily accessible
  • Be aware of surroundings
  • Share your need for safety with neighbours and trusted friends