Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society Updates

Website Redesign Launched

We are excited to announce the launch of our website redesign. The website redesign features a more client-centric experience, including higher prominence of emergency information, information for women as they explore their relationship, and options available /how we can help.

Visit to see you for yourself!

Immense gratitude to Susan Butler, Marketing & Design Specialist, Brand Central Design for her expertise, time and talent invested in the redesign, exceeding our expectations and bringing our vision to life. 

AGM Reminder  

The staff and board of Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society warmly invite you to attend our 2017 Annual General Meeting on June 20, 2017. This is your opportunity to participate, give your feedback and keep up to date on our programs. The AGM will be held at 5:30pm at the Squamish Adventure Centre.

The meeting agenda, notice of special resolutions, membership form and meeting guidelines are available online. We are very interested in your participation and look forward to seeing you on June 20th.

Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Program Update 

The SARP role has now been active for 21 months.
Highlights include:

  • Delivering “Beyond High School: A Toolbelt Initiative for Sexual Assault Prevention“ to 230 senior high school students over the course of 9 presentations in the Sea to Sky Corridor region. This community education initiative was made possible with grant funding from the RCMP Family Violence Initiative Fund (FVIF) and the support of School District 48. Student feedback indicated the presentations should be made available to senior students on an annual basis. One student wrote: “This is what is missing in sex ed.”
  • Delivering Trauma-Informed Practice to service providers in Whistler and Squamish in an effort to improve the regional response to sexual assault. Through the Civil Forfeiture Grant, we were able to bring Dr. Lori Haskell to deliver this training in Whistler and Squamish. Participants included: Whistler Blackcomb Housing; RCMP members and victim services from Squamish, Pemberton and Whistler detachments; regional First Nations; teachers; registered nurses; registered counselors, community service providers and more.

More project deliverables included commissioning, “A Canadian Perspective On Sexualized Violence Against Women: Key Highlights” (Vanessa Fernando, MSW) who uses an intersectional lens to provide insight and recommendations using a selection of literature from the past five years. This information is being adapted to a power point presentation to be posted to as a public education tool.

Stay tuned for future SARP initiatives including a workshop focused on increasing cultural competency of local service providers in order to improve supports and access to justice for Indigenous survivors who have experienced current or historical sexualized violence.

Human Trafficking Training

Several HSWC staff had the opportunity to attend Human Trafficking Training presented by the Salvation Army Anti-Human Trafficking Programs, The Ministry of Justice Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons, and the Vancouver Police Department Counter Exploitation Unit. Warning signs or indicators of potential exploitation/human trafficking of children, youth and adults, rehabilitative care and resources were discussed.

Thank you to WCSS for coordinating and hosting this valuable training opportunity.

In the News: MMIW Inquiry Gets Failing Grades in 2nd Report Card

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) recently released their second Report Card assessing the success of the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in fulfilling its responsibilities over the past three months. In a CBC article, NWAC stressed concerns that the commission has not engaged families or put their needs first.

“The NWAC report card outlines 15 commitments for the commission on how well the inquiry is meeting its directives and mandates as it progresses, using a colour-coded grading system: green for pass, yellow for action required, red for fail and grey for insufficient information. Ten were given the red grade for fail.”

Click here to read the full CBC article.

Energy Healing

Gaia Sophia will be offering 30 minute energy healing sessions free of charge at Howe Sound Women’s Centre June 5-7. Energy healings help increase mental clarity, increase energy and relieve stress. Call the Women’s Centre (604-892-5748) to book a session.

““The work of healing is in peeling away the barriers of fear and past conditioning that keep us unaware of our true nature of wholeness and love.” – Joan Borysenko