News

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!

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 and after Summer 2017 and be able to start work the week of June 26th, 2017. Preference will be… 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 »

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… Read more »

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 –… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Annual General Meeting

 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