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Ice skating fun for our young people

Youth from all of our different programs recently had the opportunity to go ice skating and have hot chocolate at Robson Square. The folks at the Pace Group made this wonderful experience possible by donating 30 vouchers for free skate rentals and hot chocolate (the use of the rink is free).

Our volunteers who lead our recreation outings were able to snap these great pictures during the outing.

Thank you to the Pace Group for making this fun and healthy outing possible.

ice skating outing with youth 

“Go Bags” - From Idea to Community Effort

When Kirsten Nash wondered how she could help homeless people in Vancouver “on the go” the first ideas for “Go Bags” were born.  After getting a great deal on fleece fabric Kirsten set out to make 50 fleece blankets, with help from her son Jesse.  While producing the blankets Kirsten thought about putting them in bags – and adding other items too.  Wondering what would be a good addition to the blanket bags, Kirsten reached out via Facebook to friends who gave her numerous suggestions.

With help from friends and family “Go Bags” were born.  Kirsten’s garage quickly became a warehouse filled with items ranging from feet warmers to water bottles which necessitated a call-out for production line assistants!  Good friends (and fellow mums) answered the call along with their kids.  This community effort made for a quick and efficient assembly line which produced 50 “Go Bags”!  When Kirsten saw Covenant House’s Facebook posting listing items that we were in need of those 50 “Go Bags” were quickly delivered to our door.

Special thanks to Kirsten and all involved including Krista Kennedy and her family who helped assemble and drop off all the great “Go Bags” at Covenant House.  Your hard work on behalf of the youth we serve is very much appreciated!

Go Bags pictures 

It's Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth Awareness Week in B.C.

The week of March 9th- 15th 2015 recognizes the importance of supporting communities to develop prevention, education, enforcement and intervention strategies to address the sexual exploitation of children and youth. Activities include a  fuchsia ribbon campaign    and local school and community-based events held throughout the province. 

For more information about Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth Awareness Week or to request fuchsia ribbons, contact  VictimServices@gov.bc.ca 

Also check out this  Crime Prevention Information booklet  designed to assist service providers, parents/guardians, teachers, and others who are working to help prevent children and youth from being sexually exploited or to help them leave situations that are exploitative in nature. 

Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth Awareness Week in B.C. 

March 8th is International Women’s Day

All around the world, International Women's Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.

"The idea for an International Women's Day arose around the turn of the 20th century out of a long-standing movement for women to participate equally in society.

The first International Women's Day was observed on March 19, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. That day, more than one million women and men showed their support by participating in public events. Between 1913 and 1917, women in Russia and elsewhere in Europe began to celebrate the day as well. Over time, International Women's Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration.

Each year, March 8 and the week of March 8 provide an opportunity to take stock of our progress towards gender equality and to honour the contributions women have made and are making — both in Canada and around the world." - Taken from Status of Women Canada

Canada’s theme for International Women’s Day 2015 is:
Strong Women. Strong World.
Improving Economic Opportunities for All

To learn more about International Women's Day and what events are taking place around the world click here. To learn what more about Canada's involvement in International Women's Day click here.

International Women's Day

 

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