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BUILDING COMMUNITY - one smile and one lemon-ginger tea at a time!

July 01, 2024

BUILDING COMMUNITY - one smile and one lemon-ginger tea at a time!

The smiling face in many of our Community Kitchen posts is Betty - one of our dedicated cooks for a total of almost 10 years! Betty recently retired and we’d like to note her significant service to the Centre and to our community.

Betty initially came to the Women’s Centre in a time of need and got to know our services firsthand. Later, wanting to give back, she applied her many skills and experiences as a camp and restaurant cook to our Community Kitchen and other meal programs. Eventually, she helped to onboard our current Community Kitchen Coordinator (Lusia) and then retired at age 72.

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Betty’s down-to-earth attitude, sense of humour, and ability to connect with folks one-on-one, made countless women feel welcome and ‘seen’ in the space. It wasn’t uncommon for Betty to linger after her shift and share a cup of her famous lemon-ginger tea with someone. We’re thankful she still comes by to craft or hang out.

Betty builds community - which is exactly what the Centre is all about.

Thank you Betty!!! We know you’ll keep busy and continue to make tea and build community in your new adventure - retirement.

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Executive Director - Job Competition Extended!

June 11, 2024

Executive Director - Job Competition Extended!

UPDATE, June 11th, 2024

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOB OPPORTUNITY

We are seeking a dynamic Executive Director who is committed to supporting both our Board and staff team in bringing our vision to life, and continuing to explore and lead decolonization efforts in our community. We offer a flexible employment space that is committed to feminism and anti oppression and making our values live through, not only the programs we run, but the workplace we operate.

WHERE WE ARE AT - A Bit of Background

Over the last three years the Women’s Centre has focused our efforts on strengthening internal systems, such as finance and onboarding, and rebuilding our partnerships and community relationships since the pandemic closed our doors and pivoted our programming.

The Board of Directors has begun strategic planning and has set a strong direction for our work over the next 3-5 years. The incoming Executive Director will be a part of this ongoing process and will step into a fresh mandate to deliver.

WHAT WE DO - An Overview of the Women’s Centre

The Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre has operated a drop-in and advocacy space for women identifying, and non-binary, folks in Whitehorse for nearly 50 years! In addition, we provide a variety of programs and services such as:

  • Community Kitchen
  • Women’s Advocate
  • Healthy Babies, Healthy Futures
  • Rural Pregnant Mom’s Suite
  • Mom’s and Kid’s Summer Rec. Program

We’ve just begun a Next Gen Men program in Yukon and have plans to start an All Genders Young Feminist Club and a Sexual Health Education Hub.

Together with partner agencies, we also organise two educational campaigns each year: Sexual Assault Prevention Month and 16 Days to End Gender-Based Violence.
For more info. on all these initiatives, visit:

HOW TO APPLY

**Please fill out this brief [google form](https://forms.gle/LYvhqegj3uH8fKJM6 and upload your cover letter and resume there.**

If you encounter problems with the google form, you can send your cover letter and resume to: communications@vfwomenscentre.com

QUESTIONS?

If you have questions about the position, or if the Google form is not working for you, please e-mail communications@vfwomenscentre.com





May is Sexualized Assault Prevention Month!

May 01, 2024

May is Sexualized Assault Prevention Month!

Every May, Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre and Les EssentiElles run a campaign to raise awareness about sexual assault, supporting victims, and sharing resources for where to find help in Yukon. Funding for Sexual Assault Prevention Month (SAPM) is made possible by Yukon Government Women and Gender Equity Directorate.

Our 2024 Campaign

This year we continue with the “talking thins the threat’ theme launched in 2022. This campaign is aimed at engaging teenage youth in meaningful conversations around sexual violence and how to:

  • Set boundaries

  • Support friends who have been sexually assaulted

  • Create change

The Facts

  • 1 in 10 teens were kissed, touched, or forced them to have sexual contact against their will by someone they were dating.

  • 43% of all dating violence incidents occurs to victims 15-24 years old. 

  • 2SLGBTQIA+ youth have a greater chance of encountering dating violence than those who are cisgender and heterosexual.

Consent, boundaries, and respect for those boundaries are important for healthy relationships that uplift you rather than bring you down.

By teaching young people - at all ages and development stages - about consent, boundaries, empathy, and respect, they can get the skills they need to have healthy relationships, recognize and leave unhealthy relationships, and increase their self-confidence.

Let’s empower young people with the right to say No, to listen to their own bodies, and to respect others when they say No.

Join Us for This Year’s Campaign!

Here are some simple ways you can learn more and help spread awareness during this year’s campaign:

  1. Follow us on social media. Throughout May, we’ll be sharing resources, scripts, and tools to help you navigate the weird and confusing world of relationships and to help you support your friends as they navigate theirs.

  2. Visit EndViolenceYukon.com and access info. and links on healthy relationships, bystander tips, supporting others and where to get help. PARENTS/CAREGIVERS, EDUCATORS, YOUTH - this website offers awesome resources, no matter your age.

  3. Reach out to us at any time. We love to brainstorm, collaborate or lend support around initiatives to end sexualised assault that are relevant to your community.

In-Person Activities 4 Youth

As in past years, and together with Les EssentiElles, we’ve reached out to the local high schools in Whitehorse. Plans include:

  • Workshops with youth in grade 10 classrooms.

  • Two BBQ events - one at Porter Creek and one at CSSC Mercier - with FH Collins students invited to attend as well. Community partners will be boothing to let youth know about the resources and supports available to them locally.

More info.? Questions?

Visit EndViolenceYukon.com at any time of the year for information on ending gender-based violence. This is our campaign website for both Sexual Assault Prevention Month and 16 Days to End Gender-Based Violence.

For media requests, contact: communications@vfwomenscentre.com For the confidential support of our Women’s Advocate, phone 667-2693 ext. 2 or e-mail womensadvocate@vfwomenscentre.com

Need support now?

If you leave any sexual situation hurt, unsure, or confused, there is help. Talk to a friend, get support, or learn more about how to report it. There are many options listed here - and this list is updated regularly.





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