This year has been a landmark year for the Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women. We are celebrating our 25th anniversary of delivering award winning, responsive community service and our successful accreditation as an organization. Notably, Social Planning Toronto acknowledged our outstanding community services with the 2017 Frances Lankin Community Services Award! But we aren’t resting on our laurels!
Our key successes and growth areas this year include:
We held our annual celebration of International Women’s Day at Vaughan City Hall where we brought a diverse group of women together to highlight their achievements, hear from each other and to strengthen their personal and professional networks. We also continue to work closely with our wonderful partners at Toronto Police Division 31 team to provide support and empower our female clients to better understand their rights and responsibilities.
Supporting newcomers and immigrants:
Our Newcomer Settlement Program offered assistance to refugees and helped them find permanent Canadian residency. We also helped newcomers and immigrants find their way through complex processes while encouraging them to respect and understand the rich diversity this country offers.
Increasing employment opportunities:
We helped more low-income community members find meaningful employment and continued to provide employment opportunities to internationally trained professionals through our social enterprise RivInt Interpretation and Translation Services. RivInt performed excellently this year, thanks to our dedicated staff.
Seniors attending our programs this year learned how to take care of themselves, made new friends and explored their creative sides.
Our Peacock Art Studio helped women, youth and seniors explore art in our space and with trips to the McMichael’s Canadian Art Collection and the Royal Ontario Museum.
This year we held our first Peacock Walk, which brought a broad range of our community members together to get to know each other while getting some exercise. We also heard powerful stories of how the Centre has played a key role in transforming the lives of women and their families at our annual Peacock Ball, and our Annual General Meeting.