Government of Canada supports Cranbrook Women's Project

    CRANBROOK, BC, June 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada is pleased
to support the Community Connections Society of Southeast BC in carrying out
its project Hidden by Exclusion Phase III - Moving Forward. The initiative
will work to increase the social and economic well-being of women in the
Cranbrook area who face barriers such as discrimination and racism.
    "I am proud of our Government's support for the project Hidden by
Exclusion Phase III - Moving Forward," said the Honourable Helena Guergis,
Minister of State (Status of Women). "As an organization dedicated to
empowering women, the Community Connections Society of Southeast BC will help
women become job-ready by increasing their knowledge and skills in such key
areas as personal preparedness, pre-employment skill building, job search
skills and entrepreneurship training."
    "Through our work with marginalized and vulnerable groups of women, we
have identified that many of them - particularly women with disabilities,
women with mental illness and Aboriginal women - face barriers in accessing
and maintaining stable employment," said Ms. Velma McKay, Chair, Board of
Directors, Community Connections Society of Southeast BC. "Through the Hidden
by Exclusion project, we will be able to effectively serve our region's high
Aboriginal population, including women in southeast BC, helping them to not
only prepare for and find employment, but also to increase their economic
    To carry out the Hidden by Exclusion Phase III - Moving Forward project,
the Community Connections Society of Southeast BC will receive $75,658 through
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 levels.

    The mandate of the Community Connections Society of Southeast BC is to be
a visible leader in East Kootenay communities, providing programs and services
that enhance the well-being of the diverse people of the region. The wide
range of programs the Society offers includes: Immigrant Settlement,
Multiculturalism, Anti-Racism, Women's Centre, Young Father's Program,
Supported Child Development, Better Babies Pregnancy Outreach, Child Care
Resource and Referral, and Early Childhood Programs.

    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
equality for women, and their full participation of women 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;
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