Why We Exist
“The Women’s Centre has given me a place where I feel I belong, where I know I can get help if I need it, where I am supported and encouraged to be the best version of myself. It has helped me feel at home in a city that is not my own (I am an newcomer to Canada in the past year). It has given me information on other services in the city that can help with food insecurity, mental health, etc. It has been a huge contributor to my feeling of community in Calgary, it has widened my perspective on life and given me a lot of food for thought. It has increased my awareness of the level of poverty women in Calgary are experiencing and the multitude of issues these women face. I am so grateful for the Women’s Centre.”
The Women’s Centre is a space where all women are welcome to grab a cup of coffee, chat with others and learn about the many ways women, staff and volunteers all work together to strengthen our communities and create change in women’s lives.
We believe in the potential of every woman, and that women are strong and capable. Our approach starts by recognizing that women are experts in their own lives, and they know best what they need. We also recognize that systemic barriers often prevent women from living the lives they want. In our collaborative policy work, we advocate for systemic and policy changes that will positively impact the lives of women.
Our trust-based work, supported by more than 700 active volunteers, is centered on a philosophy of women helping women. Enabling a woman to both get support and give back as she is able provides her with opportunities to feel valued and to maintain a sense of dignity and belonging. At the Women’s Centre, every woman’s participation is respected and valued. We know that diverse participation is necessary for the community to benefit from the strengths and perspectives that women hold.
Our Mission: To be every woman’s place for support, connections and community.
Our Vision: Women supporting communities, communities supporting women.