Women’s resources, Michaela MacLachlan
Another summer is wrapping up and Central Nova Women’s Resource Centre is pleased to have had another successful Girl Power Camp.
The camp, for girls aged eight to 13, was held in Truro for two weeks and in other locations such as Tatamagouche, Kennetcook and Brookfield over the summer. The girls had a blast and participated in activities that promote healthy self-esteem and confidence. They did crafts, games and even baked cookies and other delicious treats that they sold at the Truro Farmers’ Market to raise funds for programming.
The girls from all the camps came together on Aug. 19 for a wrap-up barbecue at Victoria Park, with the use of a barbecue generously donated by Wilson’s Fuels. The feedback was fabulous and we are already looking forward to another great camp next summer.
As summer draws to an end we are also looking forward to new programs and workshops at the centre. We would like to welcome new staff members Josie Brewer and Darl Wood as well as Audrey Bailey.
Brewer, our youth development co-ordinator, will be aiding in establishing a pilot program called ‘Healthy Relationships’ in some of our schools, as well as other youth oriented programming. Wood has joined the team as our second women’s support worker and she will also be bringing some new programming to the centre.
One of the new programs is ‘Conscious Living Now – Eight Weeks to Emotional Resolution’ series. This program is a combination of solution-focused therapeutic approaches and an understanding of the correlation between physical, mental and emotional well-being. This group program is open to all women and will run each Tuesday evening for eight weeks beginning on Sept. 17. Registration is free and can be done by calling 895-4295.
Bailey will be working on implementing a SART ( Sexual Assault Response Team) committee. This project is to initiate a community committee to develop a plan for reporting, responding and supporting victims and their families of sexual assault in the Central Nova areas. It will look at collaborating with numerous organizations and appropriate community groups to develop a service model that will include our rural areas and diverse people. Part of this model will also be to look at development areas for prevention, education and support.
We are also continuing to offer workshops facilitated by the women’s action committee, pet first aid on Sept. 18 at 6 p.m., event planning on Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. and respect in the workplace on Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. These workshops are free for all women and you can register by calling 895-4295 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michaela MacLachlan is the administrative co-ordinator for the Central Nova Women’s Resource Centre. She lives in Truro.