Monthly Archives: February 2017

2017 Changemakers Announced!

It is our pleasure and honour to announce these exceptional Salt Spring women as important contributors to our Island community through their volunteerism:

Barb Aust

Michelle Bennett-Peters

Lottie Devindisch

Susan Grace

Marguerite Lee

Margaret MacKenzie

Anne Marshall

Melanie Morris

Victoria Olchowecki

Kisae Petersen

Lise Poitras

Wendy Vine

Tiffany Wightman

 

LIFETIME CHANGEMAKER AWARD: 

Maggie Ramsey

Please join us in offering heartfelt congratulations to each of the Award Winners and join us to celebrate them all on

International Women’s Day

Wednesday, March 8th, at ArtSpring from 7 – 9pm.

Tickets are $25 and benefit SWOVA’s programs for youth violence prevention.

Please consider donating or sponsoring a ticket for another attendee if you cannot be at the event!

International Women’s Day Event!

March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD)

and SWOVA’s opportunity to celebrate!

Together we will honour exceptional women who volunteer their time and talent, energy and enthusiasm in our community. This year SWOVA is partnering with Volunteer and Community Resources (VCR) to help us identify women volunteers of all ages, cis and trans, who make – and have made – a significant difference to the well-being of Salt Spring’s diverse community.

We have sought and received nominations from non-profit societies, organizations, groups and individuals to recognize women for their exceptional work in the arts, education, social and health fields or in the environmental, agricultural, sport communities including everyone from youth to seniors!

This year SWOVA will honour Women Volunteers as Changemakers

at our “Tapas and Treats” event

at ArtSpring 7:00 to 9:00pm on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017.

 

Please join us for an evening of celebration, inspiration and fundraising!

Tickets are $25, available at ArtSpring Box Office.

Tapas, Treats, Cash Bar!  Entertainment, Awards, Silent Auction

 

Let’s Talk about *Consent*

By Sharyn Carroll

Rape;  \rap\~ [noun]

The word rape originally comes the Latin “rapere” – meaning to abduct, grab or snatch. Somewhere along our linguistic evolution, its meaning morphed to include intimidating, threatening or forcing someone to have sexual intercourse.

Sexual assault replaced the term “rape” in 1983, under the Criminal Code of Canada.  In doing so, we are able to recognize that assaults that are sexual in their nature are not about the act of intercourse but exist on a broader spectrum. This can include inappropriate or unwanted touching, harassment, verbal threats, coercion and physically forcing, with or without a weapon, someone to perform a sexual act. Using this term gives validation to those that have experienced sexual violence while broadening our understanding of our intrinsic human rights.

Let us not forget that the most important verb, when navigating our way through intimacy, is consent. Every time, all the time. Consent is sexy!