Government of Canada Empowers Aboriginal and Immigrant Women in British Columbia

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 their children."

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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Michelle Bakos
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Works and
     Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
819 997-5421
       Nanci-Jean Waugh
Director General, Communications and
     Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada
613 995-7839


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