Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society Updates




Whistler’s Sisters In Spirit Vigil 

Indigenous women face life-threatening, gender-based violence and disproportionately experience violent crimes because of hatred and racism.  Join HSWC along with thousands of other people across Canada in honouring the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, while drawing attention to the issue.

The Whistler’s Sisters in Spirit Vigil will take place on October 4th, starting at 11:00 am at the Welcome Totem in Village Common.

“It’s not a political or a tourist thing, it’s an honour to the women who are missing or have been murdered,” explains organizer Linda Epp. “People in the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations have been affected and this vigil shows them that we understand and we’re here to help. It’s a day where we all stand together.”

Vigil participants are encouraged to wear red in further recognition of the MMIWG



Whistler’s IDG Celebration Encourages People to Speak Up!

In celebration of International Day of the Girl, three exceptional women will share stories that celebrate the power, creative voices, and unique place of girls in this world. Their stories challenge us to step up, speak out, and make a change. The event takes place at the Rainbow Theatre, inside the Whistler Conference Centre, on Friday, October 13 from 7:30-10pm. Tickets are $10 and available online at

This year’s speakers include Canadian Astronaut Candidate, pro-mountain biker, and 2017 Google Impact Challenge winner, Anita Naidu, cyberbullying survivor, youth advocate, and medical innovator, Vivian Tsang, and teen transgender activist and one of Vancouver’s 50 Most Influential People, Tru Wilson.

The event also features a silent auction. Proceeds go towards Howe Sound Women’s Centre and One Horizon.

Special thanks to the volunteer team that coordinates this event each year: Maja Ronneberger, Kevani Macdonald, Danielle Kristmanson, and Dee Raffo.


Announcing Program Enhancements

HSWC is pleased to announce several program enhancements aligned with our strategic direction.  Of special note are additional hours for our Children, Youth, and Family Programs to address the waitlists in both Squamish and Whistler.  This will also include 1 day of outreach to Pemberton.  These hours will help to better meet the needs of young people impacted by family violence, abuse, and conflict.



“Indigenous women must be given a more powerful voice at the national level in order to remove systemic barriers to our empowerment” -NWAC President Francyne Joe