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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!