Thankyou Mayor Brian Bowman for kicking off our 16 Days of Activism!
#16DaysofActivism. Today we are highlighting Willow Place Inc.(https://willowplaceshelter.ca/). Willow Place is a family violence agency supporting transformation, healing and healthy relationships. Incorporated in April 2015, Willow Place is a safe place, maintaining Manitoba’s longstanding tradition of providing services and supports for women and their children who have experienced family violence.
#16DaysofActivism // As a survivor of family violence and child sexual abuse, it’s my mission to help others who've also experienced trauma. I've seen first hand the impact violence has on children. My family was able to escape my stepfather’s abuse when I was 16 years old. However, the trauma still shows its effects in adulthood. At 21, I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and depression and suffered from multiple eating disorders throughout my adult life. With continuous support, healing, and resources, I was able to break the cycle of abuse. Today, I am proud to be the community coordinator for Snowflake Place for Children and Youth (Snowflake Place for Children and Youth Inc.), Manitoba's only child advocacy centre to address the needs of child abuse victims or children who have witnessed violent crimes, and a trauma-informed, Neuro-Linguistic Programming coach (Tillie + True) where I get to help others heal too. If there is one thing I want to share during this campaign, it's that you too are resilient - and if you are struggling or overcoming trauma - I hear you, I see you and I believe you. You're not alone.
#16DaysofActivism. Day 4: Today we are highlighting Winnipeg Police Service: “The narrative at all levels must acknowledge that gender-based violence is everyone’s problem, never someone else’s. We need to all take responsibility and work together to solve serious social problems like rape; that is the path to significant change.” - Bob Chrismas. Bob is a Staff Sergeant for the Winnipeg Police Service and has his PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies. To learn more about what he offers to the community, please visit www.bchrismas.com.
#16DaysofActivism // Day 5. Today we are highlighting the Mama Bear Clan, a group of volunteer women who patrol the streets of North Point Douglas with food, medicine and clothing for those living on the streets. “We come together as Mama Bear Clan on a journey. sharing our story and journey with others allows us to help and support others on their journey - potentially changing their path and stopping the circle of violence. I have a journey, I have a story. By sharing our journey and story we become stronger! We can face the violence as a UNIT - and put an end to it.” - Diane D. Wright
#16DaysofActivism // Day 6: CFL/Winnipeg Blue Bombers players and 2019 #GreyCup Winners, Thomas Miles and John Rush are reminding Canadians that we need to be more than a bystander and work together to break the silence on violence against women. Check out their partnership with Manitoba Government and Status of Women which includes youth education programs, workshops and speaking engagements all over Manitoba.
Go Bombers Go!
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