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Colchester Sexual Assault Centre holding new events

Kendra MacKinnon, left, and Margaret Mauger are excited about the new Cups for Courage fundraiser. One-of-a-kind handmade cups, with a beverage, are being sold as a fundraiser for the Colchester Sexual Assault Centre.
Kendra MacKinnon, left, and Margaret Mauger are excited about the new Cups for Courage fundraiser. One-of-a-kind handmade cups, with a beverage, are being sold as a fundraiser for the Colchester Sexual Assault Centre.

TRURO, N.S. – The women working at the Colchester Sexual Assault Centre have been very busy and they’ve come up with some new events for learning, healing and fun.

Inspired by a soup-in-a-bowl fundraiser, Kendra MacKinnon suggested the Colchester Sexual Assault Centre hold a Cups for Courage event, and she’s excited about the response she’s received.

“This is the first time we’ve done this and the cups are being made now,” she said. “They’re all one-of-a-kind so it’ll be really interesting to see them.”

Danielle Sawada, and some of her students at Thrown Together Pottery, are creating 50 handle-free mugs, which can be great for warming hands on a cold day. The mugs, with a beverage, will be available for $20, at Give Back Café from 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 28. The evening will also include open mike and a raffle on a basket of goodies. Mugs can also be pre-ordered by contacting Kendra MacKinnon at Kendra@colchestersac.ca or 902-897-4366.

Wellness grant

A grant is allowing the Colchester Sexual Assault Centre (CSAC) to do something it hasn’t done before.

The $2,000 wellness grant from the Colchester-East Hants Community Health Board will enable the centre to offer a group program on healthy relationships.

“This grant is important in order for us to expand and provide education and awareness,” said Margaret Mauger, executive director and counselling therapist at the CSAC. “Healthy relationships equal healthy communities.”

She often does healthy relationship presentations and has run a group program for schools.

The new program will begin in the spring and run once a week for eight weeks. It will be geared toward adults of all genders and will address topics such as emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual assault, boundaries and rights, communication, consent, self-care and coping strategies.

Professional development event

Supporting people who’ve experienced trauma is the topic of a professional development event being presented by the Colchester Sexual Assault Centre.

‘Trauma informed practice and how to respond to disclosures of sexual assault’ will provide participants with information in areas such as sexual assault guidelines, what to do – and not to do – when supporting someone, how to provide helpful support, how earlier trauma can be unknowingly activated, and self-care.

Dale Gruchy, who has more than 20 years’ experience working in the mental health and substance abuse fields, and Margaret Mauger, executive director and counselling therapist at the CSAC, are the speakers.

The event will be held April 6, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Best Western Glengarry. It is free but space is limited to 120 participants. To register contacted Kendra McKinnon at Kendra@colchestersac.ca or 902-907-4366.

Inspired by a soup-in-a-bowl fundraiser, Kendra MacKinnon suggested the Colchester Sexual Assault Centre hold a Cups for Courage event, and she’s excited about the response she’s received.

“This is the first time we’ve done this and the cups are being made now,” she said. “They’re all one-of-a-kind so it’ll be really interesting to see them.”

Danielle Sawada, and some of her students at Thrown Together Pottery, are creating 50 handle-free mugs, which can be great for warming hands on a cold day. The mugs, with a beverage, will be available for $20, at Give Back Café from 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 28. The evening will also include open mike and a raffle on a basket of goodies. Mugs can also be pre-ordered by contacting Kendra MacKinnon at Kendra@colchestersac.ca or 902-897-4366.

Wellness grant

A grant is allowing the Colchester Sexual Assault Centre (CSAC) to do something it hasn’t done before.

The $2,000 wellness grant from the Colchester-East Hants Community Health Board will enable the centre to offer a group program on healthy relationships.

“This grant is important in order for us to expand and provide education and awareness,” said Margaret Mauger, executive director and counselling therapist at the CSAC. “Healthy relationships equal healthy communities.”

She often does healthy relationship presentations and has run a group program for schools.

The new program will begin in the spring and run once a week for eight weeks. It will be geared toward adults of all genders and will address topics such as emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual assault, boundaries and rights, communication, consent, self-care and coping strategies.

Professional development event

Supporting people who’ve experienced trauma is the topic of a professional development event being presented by the Colchester Sexual Assault Centre.

‘Trauma informed practice and how to respond to disclosures of sexual assault’ will provide participants with information in areas such as sexual assault guidelines, what to do – and not to do – when supporting someone, how to provide helpful support, how earlier trauma can be unknowingly activated, and self-care.

Dale Gruchy, who has more than 20 years’ experience working in the mental health and substance abuse fields, and Margaret Mauger, executive director and counselling therapist at the CSAC, are the speakers.

The event will be held April 6, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Best Western Glengarry. It is free but space is limited to 120 participants. To register contacted Kendra McKinnon at Kendra@colchestersac.ca or 902-907-4366.

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