Howe Sound Women’s Centre is excited to announce that the Society will be embarking on a large renovation of the Squamish Drop-In Centre at 38021 Third Avenue. The renovation aims to expand the current capacity of the Drop-In Centre to better serve survivors of gender-based violence as well as accommodate the HSWC’s growing staff team.

The renovation will include creating additional children’s counselling space, crisis support space, room for support groups and workshops, and the addition of an accessible washroom. In addition, the society will add much needed office and staff spaces.

The renovation is anticipated to begin in the new year and will take between 3-6 months to complete. While the renovation is ongoing, HSWC will temporarily relocate the Squamish Drop-In Centre just a few blocks away at #2-37749 2nd Avenue. More details, including exact timing, will be made available as soon as possible.

HSWC is actively seeking donations from the community to support this much needed renovation. If you are interested in making a capital donation, please contact Kat Matthews, Fund Development Coordinator, or Ashley Oakes, Executive Director, to discuss how we can help you meet your philanthropic goals.

16 Days of Activism 
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign from November 25-December 10.  Starting on International Day Against Violence Against Women and ending on International Human Rights Day, the dates for the campaign emphasize that gender-based violence is a human rights violation. 

The theme this year is #OurActionsMatter. Join the conversation between November 25 and December 10 to reflect on the concrete steps you can take to speak up against gender-based violence and support survivors.

Fill a Bag Project 
Looking for ways to give this holiday season? Fill a purse or backpack to spread joy this holiday season.  We are accepting donations of new or gently used purses, backpacks, and bags filled with day to day essentials to distribute over the holidays.

Some suggestions:

  • Lip balm
  • Toiletries (razors, lotion, hand cream)
  • Body wash, full sized shampoo and conditioner
  • Toque, gloves
  • Warm socks
  • Gift cards (groceries, gas) 

Please drop off your donation at the Drop-In Centre (38021 Third Avenue) Monday-Thursday between 10:00 and 4:00.  Pearl’s Value & Vintage is a great place to find the perfect bag to fill.  In order to get these out in time for Christmas please have the donation to us by December 20.

Looking for other ways to show holiday care this Christmas? Contact the Women’s Centre at 604-892-5748 to learn more about other ways to support families this holiday season.

“I get angry about things, and then go on and work” – Toni Morrison 


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