Government of Canada supports 11 British Columbia women's organizations

    VANCOUVER, March 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Women of diverse backgrounds in
British Columbia will now have the tools they need to build a brighter future
for themselves, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada in
11 projects.
    The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of
Women and Official Languages, today announced that the Government of Canada
will invest in 11 organizations for projects that will benefit women in the
Vancouver, Victoria, Courtney and Hope regions of British Columbia.
    Altogether, the 11 organizations will receive $1,583,532 million in
funding under the Women's Community Fund of the Women's Program of Status of
Women Canada. This Fund supports eligible organizations in carrying out
projects at the local, regional and national level. To qualify, the
initiatives must work toward the equality and full participation of women in
the economic, social and democratic life of Canada.
    "The empowerment of women is at the very heart of the Women's Community
Fund, and these 11 projects will go a long way toward creating a brighter
future for women of diverse backgrounds across British Columbia," said
Minister Verner. "Our Government is therefore very proud to support the
important work of these organizations, knowing that by working together, we
are making a difference for women and girls in Canada."

    The following 11 projects will receive funding:

    - $252,000 to the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre, based in Vancouver,
      for its project entitled Skills and Development for Homeless Women and
      Women at Risk of Homelessness;
    - $245,868 to the Pivot Legal Society, based in Vancouver, for The Jane
      Doe Project;
    - $241,904 to the North Island Women's Services Society (NIWSS), based in
      Courtney, for its project entitled Wheelhouse Women: Enhancing the
      Economic Security of Comox Valley and Elder Women;
    - $195,569 to the Canadian National Coalition of Experiential Women,
      based in Victoria, for its project entitled BC's Sex Workers and
      Sexually Exploited Youth: Escaping Violence, Addictions and Economic
    - $124,000 to the West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund Association
      (West Coast LEAF), based in Vancouver, for the Women's Family Law
      Clinic Pilot Project: Access to Justice in Family Law;
    - $118,000 to the Prostitution Alternatives Counselling and Education
      Society (PACE), based in Vancouver, for its project entitled BELLE
      (Beautiful Experiential Life-link to Empowerment);
    - $117,622 to the YouthCO AIDS Society, based in Vancouver, for its
      project entitled The Women's Initiatives for Support, Education and Re-
      entry (WISER);
    - $88,406 to the 411 Seniors Centre Society, based in Vancouver, for its
      project entitled Lessons Learned: The Lives and Times of Women Elders
      in BC;
    - $74,989 for the WISH Drop-In Centre Society, based in Vancouver, for
      its WISH Security Project;
    - $66,594 to the Hope and Area Transition Society, based in Hope, for its
      Healthy Relationship Project; and
    - $58,580 for the Asian Society for the Intervention of AIDS, based in
      Vancouver, for The ORCHID Peer Support Project.

    "Homelessness is the most critical issue for women in the Downtown
Eastside, especially Aboriginal women," said Ms. Cynthia Low, Administrative
Coordinator of the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre. "Our project will support
these women in building positive social networks, enhancing existing skills
and developing new ones, and in establishing constructive lifestyles - and
we'll do it, in part, by empowering the women through outreach, training and
nurturing them in sharing their stories."
    As announced in Budget 2008, the Government of Canada will develop an
Action Plan to advance equality for women by improving their economic and
social conditions, and their participation in democratic life.

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

    For more information on Status of Women Canada, visit

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For further information:

For further information: Dominic Gosselin, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages,
(819) 997-7788; Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director General, Communications and
Strategic Planning, Status of Women Canada, (613) 995-7839; This release is
also available on the Status of Women Canada website:

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