WINNIPEG, Feb. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose,
Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for
Status of Women, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety
and Member of Parliament for Provencher, today announced Government of
Canada support to the West Central Women's Resource Centre to increase the economic security of women in Winnipeg.
"The Government of Canada is committed to improving the lives of women
and girls in communities across Canada," said Minister Ambrose.
"Through this project, the West Central Women's Resource Centre will
work at the community level to strengthen economic security for a
diverse group of women."
"Our government is proud to support this solid organization in carrying
out a project that will have a lasting positive impact on local
participants as well as those outside Winnipeg," said Minister Toews.
"By developing best practices and sharing them, the West Central
Women's Resource Centre is helping to improve the quality of life for
The West Central Women's Resource Centre is receiving $204,710 to carry out its 36-month project aimed at women in inner-city Winnipeg
who have faced the challenges of poverty, unemployment, isolation
Through this project, the West Central Women's Resource Centre will work with women in inner-city Winnipeg to create an empowerment
training model. Participants will receive leadership and skills
training, including mentorship, to build their skills in accessing
opportunities that will strengthen their ability to engage with their
communities. The Centre's approach will empower the participants with
new skills, enhancing their existing strengths as they move toward
improved economic security.
"We are pleased to get the go-ahead on this important project, which
will empower women with invaluable skills for accessing opportunities
and resources for building prosperity," said Ms. Lorie English, Interim
Executive Director of the West Central Women's Resource Centre.
"Through this project, we will develop an empowerment model that will
create lasting and positive change for women."
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting projects that yield
concrete results for women and girls 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, from $10.8 million to close to $19 million, its
highest level ever. Since 2007, through the Women's Program of Status
of Women Canada, more than $20 million in funding has been approved for
projects that promote women's leadership and democratic participation.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
For further information:
For media inquiries only:
Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
For all other inquiries, contact:
Director General, Communications
and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
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