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Dec 6 Vigil – please join us

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

We invite everyone to attend a

Candlelight Vigil

Centennial Park

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 

**4:30-5:00pm** 

To honour and remember all women who have been killed by violence. We will meet at the Memorial Monument just before 4:30. Members of the public are invited to witness, listen to readings/poetry and song and share your own words as the spirit moves you.

Sponsored by:

SWOVA Community Development & Research Society

**Please share!**

Fall update/newsletter

Fall sunshine graphicThere are some exciting changes upcoming this year, learn more here: Newsletter Fall 2017

Did you know that only $10 gets you a membership to SWOVA that helps support the programs at our agency? It also offers you the power of a vote at our Annual General Meeting so that you can have a voice in shaping our agency and its programming.  If you aren’t on our mailing list, that might be because you don’t yet have a membership!  Memberships can be renewed at any time here: http://www.swova.org/join-us/

Photo credit: PCA Falcons

We’ve been nominated for a Salty Award!

We are honoured to have been nominated for a Salty Award for BEST NON-PROFIT here on Salt Spring Island!  We hope you’ll vote for all the great people and businesses on our rock!

You’ll find our nomination in the Business Awards section under Best Non Profit.  Everyone may vote twice and voting takes place from September 15th through October 10th!

Good luck to all who are nominated!

http://www.saltspringchamber.com/salty-awards/

 

 

Spring brings Simple Generosity

We are delighted and honoured to have been chosen as the first beneficiary of a new charitable program called Simple Generosity!  Initiated by Island Savings/First West Credit Union, the program celebrates Canada’s upcoming 150th birthday celebration by applauding community volunteerism and supporting local charities and non-profits.

Weekly awards of $1500 will be given throughout 2017 to an individual or team who demonstrates exceptional community contribution in the regions where First West operates.  Those winners then choose a charity or non-profit organization to which they donate the prize money.

Local volunteer Cherie Geauvreau was the first Gulf Islands recipient of the Simple Generosity award and very kindly chose to donate her prize money to SWOVA.  Cherie, together with Jewel Eldstrom, formed Copper Kettle Community Partnership in 2002, to help those struggling with meeting life’s basic needs.  Cherie did her first community work on Salt Spring in conjunction with SWOVA and says that the experience was life changing. It was from a place of gratitude that she chose to pay it forward 15 years later!

SWOVA’s Executive Director Kiran Dhingra was on hand to receive the award from Cherie, alongside Janine Fernandes-Hayden of Volunteer and Community Resources and Island Savings staff Jeff Knutson and Travis Dorchak.

SWOVA would like to express our sincere gratitude to Cherie Geauvreau for her thoughtful generosity and her contributions to SWOVA from its early origins up to the present!  We also wish to thank Island Savings/First West Credit Union and Volunteer Community Resources for this initiative and helping to highlight the remarkable contributions of volunteerism on Salt Spring and throughout the Gulf Islands.

To learn more about #SimpleGenerosity and how to nominate a recipient, see the full article in the Driftwood, on page 19 of the May 10/17 edition.

Results: Southern Gulf Islands Survey on Consent and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

During the month of May in 2016, a community wide survey was launched throughout the Southern Gulf Islands on Consent and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response. The survey was funded by the Status of Women Canada as part of an on-going project spear headed by Salt Spring Women Opposed to Violence and Abuse (SWOVA) Community Development and Research Society.

A summary version of the survey results is found here:
SGI Consent & Sexual Assault Project Survey Results InfoGraphic

The full report is in the process of being updated with edit corrections and will be reposted as soon as possible.

 

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!

Holiday Joy!

Getting in the Holiday Spirit

SWOVA held a gathering of Staff, Board and their partners to celebrate the winter holiday season whether it be Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule or any other tradition.  We held a potluck at the beautiful new venue of Twig & Buoy at 321 Fernwood Road. Owners Andrea and Roberta generously offered their space for our gathering, complete with complimentary wood fired pizza, various tasty nibblies and outstanding service!  We would like to offer our sincere gratitude to Andrea and Roberta for rounding out our potluck with delicious food & drink contributions and providing so warm and welcoming a setting.  Twig & Buoy is targeting Valentine’s Day for their official Grand Opening and we encourage you to support this wonderful new business on our Island!

Whatever tradition you celebrate this holiday season, may it be filled with light and love, peace & prosperity.

Warmly,
The Staff and Board of SWOVA

Annual General Meeting

SWOVA Log (Tag, Square 01)

 Annual General Meeting
Thursday, December 1st, 2016

5:00 – 7:00p.m. at the SWOVA office

344 Lower Ganges Road, SSI

* Members are welcome *

For more information, contact:

250-537-1336 or info@swova.org