Ted ex talks, Rooted In Community, Womaginarium, My Grandmother's Kitchen
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Take Back the Night October 27 at 5:30pm 
Meet on Hall Street beside Sidewinders!

Why hold a Take Back the Night event in Nelson?
Many people have the perception that Nelson is a peaceful and quiet community where most women feel safe to walk the streets at night. Truth is, we don't live in a big urban centre where we might witness more "in your face" violence on the streets on a daily basis.Yet, the violence does exist here, although more hidden. The strength and empowerment we feel from physically taking a stand against violence sends a strong message to our community, our city and abusers that we will not accept a world in which women, children and transgendered, non-binary people or anyone else are not safe from abuse.

In our community we extend the invitation to march to all women, children & trans gendered people.  We acknowledge that anyone who does not identify with the binary gender system (woman and man as the only two options) is at very high risk for experiencing genderized violence. We march as allies and in solidarity as vulnerable populations.(curious to learn more about gender identity? come to the Trans 101 workshops being offered by TransConnect at the Women's Centre).

In Nelson women are raped and many incidents of drugs slipped into drinks! In Nelson domestic violence happens! Rape culture is alive here in Nelson. We must not be fooled into thinking that there is little or no violence against women in Nelson.

Do we feel neutral about this? NO!
Can we reclaim our common spaces with one march? No, 
but is it an important part of raising awareness, gaining strength to continue and coming together in solidarity? YES!!

Trans 101 Intro to Gender Identity 

November 3 from 7-8:30 pm 
November 24 from 5-6:30 pm 

Learn about terminology, pronouns, gender assumptions, misconceptions, media and how to be an ally.  We'll listen to stories from our community and watch the documentary "The Souls of Our Students", featuring Trans youth. 

There will be an opportunity to ask questions and have a discussion as well. 

About the presenter: Christopher Moore is a trans man, human rights activist and one of the founding members of Kootenay Gay Pride.  He has turned his passion and his vision into a program, TransConnect, that serves the East and West Kootenays in order to educate the public and support the local trans community.  

Location: Nelson and District Women's Centre, 420 Mill Street 

Rooted In Community 

Running on Wednesdays from November 9- December 14 , 9:00 am - 11:45am 

his training program is an opportunity to develop volunteer and support skills and learn about social services.  Service providers from local organizations will come in to talk about various resources available in our community.  

Participants will examine their relationship to feminism, anti-oppression, self care and develop peer counselling skills.  It is also a safe place to share life experiences and connect with other women.  Upon completion you will be well qualified to volunteer in our drop-in program.  

All self-identified women are encouraged to join. This is an amazing opportunity to give to yourself and your community.  Let me know if you have questions or would like to register for the program. to register. 

Healthy Women Healthy Communities 

The Happy Holiday Project
with Transformational Coach Cate Baio

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to look back at your 2016 Holiday season with a smile in your heart knowing that you’ve had a holiday that is authentic to you and your family? 

Create a holiday season that is deeply meaningful and in alignment with your true values. Through reflection, discussion and powerful inquiry, we will reveal what a joyful holiday really means to each of us. Then, we will create a plan to support your vision! 
Cate is a powerful coach  who holds sacred space for her clients in order to support them in creating awareness and clarity in their life's purpose and path. She has worked in fitness education and leadership for many years before attaining her ACC accreditation with the the International Coaching Federation. She is a proud mama of 3 living in Nelson BC.

Location- Women's Centre
Cost- $10
to Register:

                FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE  MEETING NOVEMBER 10 at 5pm                Nelson and District Women's Centre

My Grandmother's Kitchen: Gnocchi

This month the kitchen at the Women’s Centre will host a Gnocchi making class with local Chef Baily Smith of the renowned All Seasons Cafe in Nelson, BC.
Some recipes can feel too challenging for the average cook. Often all it takes is someone showing you the steps so you can re-create your favorite comfort foods at home.
Join us Wednesday, November 23rd for pillowy dumplings with a nourishing fall sauce. Potatoes and ricotta will surely play a role. We will cook together and then we get to eat.
$5 per person includes the workshop and super.
Please pre-register with

GEM Girls Empowerment Movement Update 

Creative writing, emotional intelligence, and a dance workshop kicked off the Girls' Empowerment Movement (GEM) Programs in Nelson and Kaslo!

In Nelson, Rayya Leibich joined GEM to lead the girls through nature-based creative poetry writing. And Melody Lucian came to offer activities based on Compassionate Communication (also known as Non-Violent Communication/NVC), where the girls explored how their needs and feelings are related in important ways.

In Kaslo, dance instructor and movement educator Ashala Yardley led the girls through dance activities, drawing from contact dance, body language understanding, and tribal belly dance.  It was a high energy first day with lots of giggling!

Both programs have drawn girls from a variety of schools as well as a few homeschoolers, creating a cross-pollination of ideas. As girls this age begin to really explore their identities and social relationships, the GEM program is a supported space for girls to step outside their daily peer groups and gain new perspectives on who they are and who they want to become.

This photo shows  the 'girl code' group agreements that the girls created together. 

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