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Another Year Has Come and Gone

Congratulations to all members of Women on the Move! Cannot believe it has come to an end. Feels as if it was only yesterday when we met these remarkable women! At the beginning of the program the women set personal goals for themselves. Over the past year, it has been wonderful to watch these women work hard to accomplish these goals. The women have also been active in their community by speaking about the issue of violence against women. We know they will continue to be amazing advocates.

grad steph, nat and fam

A special thanks to our guest speaker, Amy, a former WOTM youth member. We are so grateful that she has stayed connected over the years! She also gave an inspiring speech at the graduation party.

Amy WOTM graduation

Last but not least – we are filled with gratitude for the generous support we receive from The Lillian and Don Wright Foundation for the WOTM program. The Foundation’s passion and dedication to end violence against women is truly inspiring. Priscilla Wright and Mary Louise Dickson were both in attendance on Saturday for the celebration.

GRAD Priscilla- Mary Louise, and Alma with her vision board

“Mary Louise and I are so delighted to be a part of this excellent program, and Saturdays’ reception proved the effectiveness of what you are accomplishing. We are so proud of all of the graduates, and were so impressed by their self-assuredness and confidence for the future. Congratulations!!”  – Priscilla

A special heartfelt thank you also goes to The Bras Family Foundation and we were delighted that Leah Lambrakis was in attendance this year.

Thank you for having me today at the WOTM ceremony. The smiles, positivity and pride felt from these women pulled at my heart. What a wonderful program and what awesome accomplishments!” – Leah

Grad Alma and Leah Lambrakis

Although we are sad to see these inspiring women and their children go; we wish them well in their future endeavors. Do not be strangers- keep in contact with Redwood!

Seeing is Believing!

‘A picture is worth a thousand words’: an old but very powerful statement which is why every year the WOTM members make vision boards. And this year, the WOTM members made some beautiful ones! A vision board focuses on how you feel and what you want for your future. The women chose photos and images to represent their dreams, goals and ideal life. The more you see the vision board, the more it encourages you to actively pursue your goals.

Here are some of the wonderful vision boards the ladies have created:

Alma`s Ann-Marie's Betty's Irina's Narwin's Emma

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! On behalf of everyone from The Redwood and WOTM, we wish you joy and happiness in 2016! This past holiday season, the Redwood hosted their annual holiday party. It was quite the night: full of reunions, dancing, laughter, games, giveaways and delicious food.

lunch bag cuties

Holiday snowman pic

Although 2015 has come to an end, let’s not forget the joys and sorrows we experienced. The New Year is a time to reflect and learn from our previous experiences. Let’s keep our memories with us as we continue our life’s journey into 2016. This is a new year- so make it a new you! Get out of your comfort zone and try something new.

This January, I challenge you to take time for some self-care and self-reflection. Take the time to figure out what you want and what makes you happy so 2016 will be the best year for you!

Remember: life is 10% what actually happens and 90% of how you react to it. Let this be the year that positivity guides your life decisions. Do your best to try to find positivity in everything life throws at you!

The WOTM Program Manual Webinar Is Coming Up!

If you haven’t already marked your calenders, our “train-the-trainer” webinar for the “Women on the Move” program manual is coming up on Tuesday, June 24th at 1:00 pm!

The webinar will take you through the important things to consider when facilitating a “Women on the Move” program for your organization or community. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have about running the program.

If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time! Contact us to be added to the list of webinar participants and join us on June 24th to partake in the webinar. Visit our Host A Screening page and click “Register here” to fill out the registration form to receive the documentary, discussion guide, program manual, access to the training webinars and more!

As always, contact us if you have any questions.

See you on June 24th @ 1:00pm!

The WOTM Discussion Guide Webinar is Coming Up!

If you haven’t already marked your calenders, our “train-the-trainer” webinar for the “Women on the Move” documentary film and discussion guide is coming up on Tuesday, June 17th at 1:00 pm!

The webinar will take you through the important things to consider when facilitating a “Women on the Move” film screening for your organization or community. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have about screening the film and leading the follow-up discussion.

If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time! Contact us to be added to the list of webinar participants and join us on June 17th to partake in the webinar. Visit our Host A Screening page and click “Register here” to fill out the registration form to receive the documentary, discussion guide, program manual, access to the training webinars and more!

If you are interested in developing a program like the Women on the Move leadership program join us on Tuesday June 24th, 2014 @ 1:00pm to learn how you can implement this program in your organization. Registration is now open for this webinar.

As always, contact us if you have any questions.

See you on June 17th @ 1:00pm!

Reconnecting With All Our Sisters

The All Our Sisters Conference gave us the opportunity to share information and develop strategies to support women experiencing poverty, homelessness, addiction, violence and other barriers. We’re hoping to continue this work by hosting two “train the trainer” webinars to discuss our Women on the Move Leadership Program and our documentary Discussion Guide. Women on the Move is a leadership program for women and young women who want to develop their leadership capacity while learning how to raise awareness about violence in their community. During the conference we distributed a copy of the Women on the Move documentary and we’re hoping you’ve all had a chance to watch it again.

All Our Sisters
All Our Sisters

We’re pleased to see that a number of community members are interested in joining our upcoming webinars on June 17th & 24th, 2014 @ 1:00pm.

On June 17th, 2014 @ 1:00pm we will be launching the discussion guide which accompanies our film Women on the Move. The discussion guide outlines questions exploring why women don’t leave violent relationships, strategies for developing leadership skills and the impact of society and community organizations on women experiencing violence.

On June 24th, 2014 @ 1:00pm we will continue our discussion by reviewing the Women on the Move Program Manual. We will discuss our recruitment strategies, the workshops outlined in the manual, the importance of participant engagement and community engagement as a way of building the participants’ leadership capacity.

How to Join the Webinar

By now you would’ve received an email outlining the date and time of the webinar, the Women on the Move Discussion Guide and the Go to Meeting link for the webinar. The Go to Meeting link is your key to participating in the webinar on June 17th, 2014. You can participate online or by phone.

If you haven’t received an email and want to be a part of the discussion please email genevievew@theredwood.com to confirm your attendance.

The Power of Storytelling

Thank you to everyone who attended the showing of the Women on the Move documentary at the All My Sister’s Conference on May 12th, 13th & 14th, 2014. The discussions we had brought about some critical insights on how women are engaged. One thing that stood out from our discussion was the idea of the service user as the expert. At The Redwood we strive to incorporate an anti-oppressive approach in all aspects of programming. This is especially true when looking at the role Women on the Move participants play.

We at The Redwood understand how difficult it can be for women once they leave an abusive situation. Women have reported feeling disempowered and isolated. Through this program women have the opportunity to create new relationships and connect with diverse groups of women and youth. They’re able to share their experiences in real and tangible ways, which inspires women to break the silence about gender-based violence. The public engagements done by Women on the Move participants has allowed women in the community to feel comfortable when speaking with The Redwood staff about the violence they’re experiencing.

For many women this is the first step to getting help. We’d like to support other community organizations with replicating the Women on the Move program in their own organizations. Please view our website www.wotm.ca to gain access to our free documentary, discussion guide and program booklet.

Storytelling for Social Change

It’s often challenging to truly grasp the impact of gender based violence, especially if you haven’t experienced it first-hand. Gender based violence impacts the lives of women psychologically, physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially and economically. The Women on the Move Leadership Program has given women the opportunity to share their stories with others as a way of demystifying the impact violence can have on women and their children.

If you had an opportunity to attend the All My Sister’s Conference on May 12th & 13th, 2014 you may have seen the Women on the Move documentary, which featured three women on their journey of self-discovery. Throughout this film you noticed how these women shared their story with community members. These women were eager to share their stories as a way of breaking down the stereotypes associated with violence.