“Before Christmas last year my common law husband of 14 years told me he was no longer in love with me,” she told the centre’s annual general meeting. “I didn’t know who to turn to. My family was on the west coast. I was scared and sad and for the first couple of weeks I felt like taking off in my car, never to be heard from again.”
She was overwhelmed when she thought of the women’s centre and decided to reach out.
Support worker Mary Jane Jeffery proved a good listener.
“After each counseling session I felt a little stronger,” Reynolds said. “The women’s resource centre helped me put things in perspective. My confidence and creativity came back.”
She still struggles at times but Reynolds has a positive attitude about the future, and has been able to remain friends with her ex and his mother.
The CNWRC provided individual support to 140 women during 2015 and had many others take part in programs.
“Only a small number of appointments were with youth so, over the next year, we will be working to determine how better to connect with youth, to make sure their needs are met,” said Julie Crouse, executive director.
The centre welcomes volunteers and those interested in becoming board members. For more information go to http://cnwrc.weebly.com/ or call 902-895-4295.