Minister Guergis announces support to anti-violence project



    COLLINGWOOD, ON, June 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The federal government is pleased
to provide additional support to Home Horizon Georgian Triangle Residential
Services for the second phase of a project to equip women living in
transitional housing to break the cycle of abuse. The Honourable Helena
Guergis, Minister of State (Status of Women), made the announcement today in
Collingwood.
    Minister Guergis announced that Home Horizon Georgian Triangle
Residential Services will receive a supplement of $138,176 for the second
phase of its project, Strong Women Mentoring Program. This is in addition to
the original $41,200 that the organization received for the first phase.
    "Our Government is taking concrete action to end violence against women,"
said Minister Guergis. "I am proud today to announce supplemental funding to a
grassroots project in Collingwood that is enabling women vulnerable to
societal shortfalls to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to escape
violent relationships. By supporting the second phase of this project, past
participants will have the opportunity to gain valuable employment skills by
leading workshops for their peers."
    "We are pleased to have the support of the Government of Canada for the
second phase of our project, which will provide training on best practices to
five local shelters and five transition houses," said Ms. Laurie VandenHurk,
President of the Home Horizon Georgian Triangle Residential Services. "This
new funding will also enable us to address emerging regional issues and take
action on a strategic plan for women in crisis."
    In the first phase of the project, which used a peer mentorship model, 20
women participated in workshops on abuse prevention, life skills, financial
literacy, self-esteem and goal-setting. In the second phase, an additional 30
women will participate in workshops delivered by 15 past participants. A
regional forum will be held to identify best practices and initiate a
community action plan.
    Funding for the Strong Women Mentoring Program project comes from the
Women's Community Fund of the Women's Program of Status of Women Canada.

    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
equality for women and their full participation in the economic, social and
democratic life of Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Sherine Mansour, Director of Communications,
Office of the Minister of State (Status of Women), (819) 956-4000; Nanci-Jean
Waugh, Director General, Communications and Strategic Planning, Status of
Women Canada, (613) 995-7839; Ce texte est également disponible en français.
For news releases and information on Status of Women Canada, go to
http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca.


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