HOWE SOUND, BC, Nov. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Rona
Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister
for Status of Women, Mr. John Weston, Member of Parliament for West
Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country, today announced Government
of Canada support for a project that addresses the theme of promoting
the equality and empowerment of women of diverse backgrounds in
Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton, British Columbia.
"Our Government is committed to supporting grassroots projects like this
one, which empower women and girls who have experienced abuse to
transition to violence-free lives," said Minister Ambrose. "This
project will reach out and improve the lives of vulnerable women and
The Howe Sound Women's Centre Society is receiving $196,230 from the Women's Program of Status of Women Canada for its project to
improve second-stage programs for women fleeing abuse.
"The Howe Sound Women's Centre Society has, for 30 years, worked to meet
the needs of women and children across the Sea to Sky Corridor," said
Mr. Weston. "This project will improve access to and the quality of
services for women facing violence, and it will benefit the region for
years to come."
"Our project targets women and children fleeing abuse in the Sea to Sky
corridor, which includes Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton," said
Ms. Megan Bulloch, President, Board of Directors, Howe Sound Women's
Centre Society. "There is impressive social and economic diversity in
our region; this includes Aboriginal women living in isolated
communities and immigrant women seeking seasonal employment. By
targeting these groups, we are reaching out to women who might
otherwise not get help."
Today's announcement is part of the innovative Blueprint Projects initiative launched by Status of Women Canada in February 2011. Blueprint Projects are a series of projects that address one or more of Status of Women
Canada's priority areas: ending violence against women and girls;
improving women's and girls' economic security and prosperity; and
encouraging women and girls in leadership and decision-making roles.
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting projects that yield
concrete results for women and girls in Canada while strengthening
families, communities and the country. Through Status of Women Canada,
the government's support for community-based projects has nearly
doubled since 2006-2007, growing from $10.8 million to close to
$19 million, its highest level ever.
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For further information:
| Michelle Bakos |
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
| || Nanci-Jean Waugh |
Director General, Communications and
Status of Women Canada