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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Fundraiser for Women's Shelters

Southampton | by John Divinski  

Over $18,000 was raised from an event in Southampton.

The problem of violence against women and children never goes away.

That's why Women's Centres in the region need financial help, to provide programs and security.

A jammed Highview Restaurant in Southampton on January 24th as people gathered to support the Women's Centre of Owen Sound and the Kabaeshiwim Respite Women's Shelter at Saugeen First Nation.

Both facilities received $9,250 each to carry on their work.

The event was put on by Acuren Nuclear Services and SNC Lavalin.

Vice President of Acuren, Eastern Canada, Kevin Woit says the challenge of protecting abused women and children never ends stating a basic right of everyone is to feel safe and unfortunately, women's domestic abuse is largely an invisible one and difficult to detect.

The Executive Director of the Women's Centre Grey Bruce in Owen Sound, Heather Fowler, agrees with Woit's assessment but is appreciative of the donation, which she says shows the community is learning or is already aware of the need to support women who are trying to flee domestic violence.

Fowler says the money will be used for counselling programs, along with child and youth programs to help children who have witnessed violence.

She says in Owen Sound, they serve about 160 women every year, who stay for about 6-weeks.

Fowler says their clients are as young as 17 and as old as 83.

She says despite the education on the issue, she doesn't see the problem going away in the near future so the need for facilities like hers in Owen Sound and the one at Saugeen First Nation are needed to continue the work they do.


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