By Bianca Caputo, Social Media Placement Student @ WomanACT
WomanACT’s End Violence against Women Week in Toronto is quickly approaching and we are excited to introduce to you the panel for Wednesday’s Supporting Survivors by Supporting Staff Workshop (SSxSS). This panel consists of four presentations that will be discussing the topic of economic empowerment models for women.
Angela Marie McDougall will be starting off the panel by speaking about social innovation in response to economic abuse and violence against women. In 1979, Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) formed to end violence against women and over the years, they have been assessing the impact that violence in relationships has on the lives of women. Angela Marie MacDougall, BWSS Executive Director, will speak to these social innovations as she is part of a multi-disciplinary team committed to ending violence who takes action every day in the community. Angela works in collaboration and within the community to develop and deploy empowerment and advocacy-based service delivery and social change models and we are honoured to have her present at this year’s workshop.
Leila Sarangi will also be joining this year’s SSxSS panel and she will be discussing the matter of women and microenterprise. Leila will be elaborating on a program model designed by Women’s Habitat of Etobicoke that seeks to mitigate unique barriers to starting small businesses by providing holistic training and wraparound supports to women interested in micro-entrepreneurship. They support small cohorts of women by providing concurrent business skills, life skills training, and opportunities. We are excited to hear Leila speak this year as she has over 17 years of experience as a front-line trauma counsellor, project manager and community-based researcher, and is currently manager of the community outreach programs at Women's Habitat of Etobicoke.
Anna Morgan will be a part of our panel presentation this year as well and will be speaking about the WEAV Pre-employment Program. Anna is currently a Project Coordinator for the Women Experiencing Abuse and Violence (WEAV) Pre-employment Program and is a transitional housing and support worker at Nellie’s Shelter. Her presentation will provide learning’s and an overview of the program coordinated by Nellie’s which seeks to break the cycle of abuse by enhancing women’s opportunities to become economically self-sufficient, while also breaking isolation through their participation in the group. We are very glad to have Anna on our panel this year as she is committed to developing leadership and capacity in women and is passionate about social justice, economic development, mental health, harm reduction and anti-violence work.
Fazia Mohammed is our final panel presenter for this year’s SSxSS workshop and will be discussing Interval House’s Building Economic Self Sufficiency (BESS) program. This program assists assists women who survived partner abuse in becoming economically self-sufficient through workshops, employment counselling and job development. It offers women the tools they need to identify their skills and how to market themselves effectively in the workplace. Fazia is the Supervisor of Community Programs at Interval House and we are very excited to have her as part of our workshop this year as she continues to empower women as well as help them achieve economic self-sufficiency.
We are honoured and thankful to have all of these wonderful women participate in WomanACT’s 2016 SSxSS Workshop and are very excited to hear about their experience as front line workers in the VAW sector. As our End Violence against Women Week is just around the corner, don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear from our great line up of speakers and register here!
Also, don’t forget to buy your tickets for our Soul of a Warrior Awards Gala on Tuesday March 8th which are still available for purchase here.
Note: Registration is by invitation only.
The CAS VAW Advisory Committee, Toronto Region's annual Forum: Creating Connections, invites staff from MCSS funded VAW agencies and Child Protection agencies in the GTA.
Supporting Survivors by Supporting Staff is free for staff from MCSS funded VAW agencies in the GTA.