As August passes its halfway point, the folks at Every Woman’s Centre are reflecting back on one of the highlights of the Summer, and looking forward to the new school year and the challenges faced by many families at this time of year.
July ended in fine style with the Take Back The Night March and Concert–co-organized by Every Woman’s Centre, Transition House and Lynda Ceresne–calling for an end to family violence. Over 200 people joined the march from the Courthouse on Charlotte Street to Wentworth Park, where an evening concert and candlelight vigil took place.
The support from the community was tremendous and the Centre is thankful to all of the sponsors, volunteers and folks of all ages, some with their pets, who came out to show their concern and support for the cause. Funds raised will go towards both a scholarship for a female student to attend Cape Breton University, and the organization of the 2013 March and Concert.
Every Woman’s Centre is currently involved in their annual Back To School Campaign. For over 20 years, the Centre has provided help for families needing assistance in getting students back to class. For more information about how to get involved, get in touch with the Centre to speak to staff.
While helping with new school supplies is the priority of the program, it also attempts to assist in the clothing department as well. Throughout August, folks are asked to look through their closets for good, used clothing suitable for students of all ages. Donations are welcome, and as families come in to pick up their supplies, they might also find an outfit or two that will ease the burden of preparing for that first week of class.
And with the start of a new school season comes a return to routine and the chance to make some changes toward personal wellness and self-improvement. With that in mind, Kelly MacIsaac will be returning to the Centre to present her six week series of “Your Way to Wellness”, which centers on Chronic Disease Self Management. These sessions are open to the public but pre-registration is required. There is no fee to attend and refreshments are provided. These sessions are offered in cooperation with Every Woman’s Centre and the Cape Breton District Health Authority and will take place at Every Woman’s Centre on Thursdays between 1pm and 3:30pm from September 13th to October 19th. Please call 567-1212 or 842-0201 to register. MacIsaac brought the series to a group last fall and it was one of the most talked about series Every Woman’s Centre ever hosted.
Every Woman’s Centre is also involved in the Bluenose Insurance Cash For The Cause Contest. To help the Centre win $1000 cash to assist families in the community, simply visit bluenoseinsurance.com, log in, and cast a vote each day until the end of August.