Information and Referral
This service is for women and their families who are in crisis, transition, or who are now to the community. Services provided are wide-ranging and can include crisis support, developing safety plans for women who are leaving abusive relationships, information and referral for women who are considering abortion, assistance with rental housing searches, family law information or for employment. Resources provided include telephone, fax and information about other programs and services available in the community, and the provision of meeting space for groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon. We also reach out to vulnerable women by connecting with them of the street and in community through our outreach activities.
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Our outreach worker supplies support to these women and assists them in acquiring medical help, groceries, transportation, and lodging. Once basic needs are met, outreach clients are more likely to participate in other program activities like Health Workshops, leading to even greater empowerment and independence.
Each month a workshop or information session is offered on a variety of health topics. Shopper’s Drug Mart provides the facilitators and the Women’s Contact Society provides the lunch. Topics are women- focused and pertinent to the health concerns of the community such as diabetes and the importance of healthy eating and exercise.
Women Making Change
Women from all walks of life are invited to hear myth-busting presentations on women’s issues. For instance, myths regarding the idea that violence only happens to women with low socioeconomic status are explored with the intent of improving awareness and creating solidarity. More recently our Women of Change have taken on the issue of sexual violence through the organization and delivery of their Breaking the Silence forum. All women interested in issues important to women are encouraged to connect with us.
Women’s Support Groups – Making Connection
We host women’s groups that help women living with violence to understand why violence happens. Education on violence against women in relationships is the focus with other topics delivered according to need. The women who are part of these groups grow in their understanding of what constitutes violence, what precipitates violence, how to protect themselves, and how to recover from past trauma. Group discussions encourage participant bonding and increases the development of support systems for additional strengthening.
Set for Success Closet
Gently used women’s clothing, shoes and accessories are collected and displayed nicely for women to “shop” through for free. Women attending a job interview or needing work clothes can choose from a selection of clothes that would otherwise be out of financial reach. Having access to this resource improves a woman’s confidence as well as her ability to successfully gain employment. It also relieves financial pressure on low-waged women who cannot afford to purchase clothes for themselves- even at Thrift Store prices.
Donations of gently used women’s clothing and accessories are accepted by the Society. We guarantee all clothes are in good condition and suitable to wear to any job, casual or formal.
International Women’s Day
March 8th annually. This international day of celebration is a popular event in Williams Lake. Each year nominations of inspiring women are accepted and the annual “Women With Heart” award is presented.
Women with Heart Award
Nominations are open each year between December 1st and February 1st. Please nominate women who are:
Passionate for their work, career or volunteerism
Generous of spirit
Makes a positive impact on the community
Advocates on behalf of those less fortunate than themselves
Nominations must be received in written form and include:
Contact information of both nominee and nominator
Essay of not less than 200 words and not more than 1000 words describing the above attributes, values, qualities and contributions.
Submit nominations to Women’s Contact Society PO Box 4094 Williams Lake BC V2G 2V2 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Purple Ribbon Campaign
December 1st to 10th annually. For nine years the Women’s Contact Society has led this anti-violence campaign in the Williams Lake region to garner attention, raise awareness, and stimulate dialogue on violence against women.
Take Back the Night
September annually, Together with other service providers in the community, the Women’s Contact Society collaborates with other anti- violence organizations to organize an annual walk through the streets of Williams Lake.
Provincial Prevention of Violence Against Women Week
3rd week in April annually, This campaign supports the provincial initiative of the same name. The focus and messaging is on domestic violence and its tragic consequences, including the local context of this problem. Information tables are set up in various venues around Williams Lake, giving people an opportunity to learn about domestic violence, engage in dialogue and, in general, increase individual and community understanding of the complex issues associated with domestic violence.
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We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia