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For 4 Thursdays, we will meet to watch inspiring films and hold a discussion afterwards.  Come and connect during this wintery weather! 

Volunteer Potluck and Skills Training:
January 11 from 5-7pm

Connect in with our community of amazing women who volunteer, share some food and a great discussion and learning about Peer Support this month. for more info. 
From 5-7pm
Pre-registration appreciated:
suggested donation $10

My Grandmother's Kitchen: Healing Broths and Beverages

This month the kitchen at the Women’s Centre will offer a class all about healing soups and sips to make it through the cold and flu season. In this class hosted by Jennifer Gawne, Chinese Medicine Herbalist, we will sample different bone broths and discuss the health benefits and history of long simmered broths as well as prepare a super quick ‘Super broth’ featuring coconut milk and turmeric.
Herbal tonics will be discussed and sampled and we will whip up a batch of pear cough syrup to take home to your family. 
Join us Wednesday, January 18th from 5:30-7:30 for this informative and timely class.$5 per person includes the workshop and light supper.  Please pre-register with

Support and Education for women re: PTSD

Starting January 23 from 1-3, Donna Lockett PhD,  will be hosting a group for women who have loved ones (ie: family members, partners) who experience active PTSD. This is an experiential opportunity, focused on helping to understanding PTSD and to support those affected. The focus will be on managing stress, anxiety, fear and trauma for those affected by PTSD.

If you have family members, partners, loved ones who are dealing with active PTSD and want to learn about how to care for yourself and them as they do so, this group is for you. 
Group size limited to 12 participants, all must be pre-screened. 

Dates: Jan 23, Feb 6, Feb 20, March 6 and March 20 from 1-3pm 

Self-identified women only please.

Rooted In Community

Rooted in Community is our free 20 hour volunteer skills and personal development training.  This program will run Tuesdays from January 24-February 28th from 9am-11:30 am. 

This 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 as well as our Peer Support 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.  

Please pass this along to any woman who may be interested.

We're Hiring a Drop-In Coordinator

The NDWC requires a new drop-in program co-ordinator one day per week to begin the end of January. The Program Coordinator will work with the Executive Director, volunteer coordinator and the Board (Coordinating Collective) to perform related duties.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Develop, implement and facilitate  a distinct trans and gender-diverse drop-in program
  • Create a safe, warm, and welcoming space
  • Provide oversight to the drop-in and its volunteers, including conflict management
  • Collaborate with the NDWC staff to facilitate and support drop-in volunteers and coordinate weekly logistical duties
  • Provide peer counseling to people in crisis, including those facing violence
  • Assist in developing consultations with trans and gender-diverse communities to inform policy development and communications strategy
  • Assist in developing educational components, assessment tools and community building programs
  • Attend bi-weekly staff meetings and report monthly to the Board of Directors
Additional Skills, Knowledge and Qualifications:
  • Competition is open to all self-identified trans and gender-diverse individuals
  • Background in project coordination and counseling
  • Physical ability to lift up to 50lbs
  • Criminal record check
  • Driver’s license and regular access to a vehicle an asset, but not necessary
Desirable Skills and Experience:
  • Excellent communication skills and people skills
  • Well organized and self directed
  • Counseling skills and experience
  • Knowledge of trans and gender-diverse community needs
  • Knowledge of services available in the community
  • Knowledge of cycles of gender based violence and experience with people fleeing violence
  • Ability to balance a variety of competing demands

6 hours/week.  Remuneration is $17/hr.

The Centre encourages all those eligible to apply, and requests a cover letter outlining relevant experience and a current resume.  Applications will be accepted by email at or by mail to 420 Mill Street, Nelson BC, V1L 4R9. Application deadline is January 20, 2016

*For the purposes of this job posting and policy, the NDWC is using Trans and Gender-Diverse as umbrella terms to denote the increasingly wide spectrum of gender identities. We wish to be representative of the widest notation of possible identities. The NDWC recognizes the limitations of defining identity, yet also has to make visible the diversity of identities that exist. The NDWC recognizes the importance of an individual’s right to self-identify and self-define.

See website for complete job description.

Vision Board Workshop with Jenny Heston 
Saturday January 28, 10-12am

Happy 2017!

What do you want to create this year and how do you want to feel whilst you create it?

This is where vision boards become your go to tool for clarity, intention, visualization and creation.

Vision boards work and here’s why:

Creating a sacred space that displays what you want actually does bring it to life.  When you create a vision board and display in someplace you see often, you essentially end up doing short visualization exercises throughout the day.

preregisration appreciated:

Community Threads

Meets on Fridays from 10-1  

Drop in and connect over knitting, crochet, sewing or other fibre arts.

Donation Wishlist

  • monthly subscriptions on website- to cover operations costs
  • grocery store gift cards -Save On, Wholesale Club, Coop 
  • fair trade coffee
  • Kitchen staples: olive oil, butter, rice, flour, sugar, eggs, tamari
  • toilet paper, paper towel, tampons and pads
  • herbal tea
  • your clean empty yogurt containers with lids that fit
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