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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,… Read more »

#MeToo so #NowWhat? by Kathryn Anderson

“So you can see how the passive voice has a political effect. It shifts the focus off of men and boys and onto girls and women…it’s a bad thing that happens to women, but when you look at the term ‘violence against women,’ nobody is doing it to them. It just happens to them…men aren’t… Read more »

A transformative year…from caterpillar to butterfly – a blog post by Kate Nash

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Often the effects of a program like Pass It On are not ones you can easily quantify or even see. Yes, there are responses to surveys or the positive comments the girls shout out on the last day about missing the program or loving the time spent there. Truly, the effects of Pass It On… Read more »

Fall update/newsletter

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There 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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Help us win $50,000!

Inspiring Change – Help us win $50,000! Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union is aiming to enhance our communities for children and families by giving away a $50,000 grant towards a community-focused project, program or initiative. This grant is one of three that First West is distributing to support organizations in the… Read more »

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… Read more »

We’re hiring a summer student!

We would like to thank all candidates for putting their resumes forward, the position has now been filled.   SWOVA Programs Assistant/Curricula Writer ELIGIBILITY: The position is open to all qualified applicants. The HRDC Summer Student program requires that candidates MUST be a student registered at a post-secondary or secondary institution in the year before… Read more »

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… Read more »

Pass It On: Boys – Survey Results & Evaluation

In the Fall of 2016, SWOVA’s Pass It On – Engaging Boys & Young Men Project set out to find out about the needs of boys and young men (cis- trans- & non-binary inclusive)  in the Salt Spring Island Community and ways to address these needs. Surveys and focus groups were engaged with boys and… Read more »