Women's Resource Centre

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Contact Us

Centre of Excellence,
Room PC 213
250.492.4305 ext. 3313
OCWomensCentre@gmail.com



Community Resources
  • South Okanagan Crisis Line 1.800.784.2433

 


 
 

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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women
December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.

Why a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women?

As well as commemorating the 14 young women whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, December 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.

November and December are important months for raising awareness of gender-based violence in Canada and around the world. In addition to the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women takes place on November 25 and marks the first day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which ends on December 10, with International Human Rights Day.

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Volunteer!

Want to get involved with the Okanagan College Women's Resource Centre on the Penticton Campus? 

Fill out and submit our volunteer application. Completed volunteer applications can be dropped off at the Centre of Excellence Reception Desk.

WRC Free Shelf

Our History

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The Okanagan College Women's Resource Centre was established in June, 2011. The idea came about during the fundraising campaign for the Centre of Excellence. Yvonne Harding offered a significant donation to the building fund if the college would designate an area for a Women's Resource Centre.

The college agreed, and we set about finding a way to make it happen. A committee explored various options and decided that it would be best to form a non-profit society to run the Women's Resource Centre at arm's length from the college. Okanagan College would provide material support-space, furniture, computer, telephone - at no cost, while the Centre would raise operating funds. Unfortunately, Yvonne passed away before seeing the completion of the building and launch of the Centre.

At the beginning of our first year of operation (September 2011), Amberlee Erdmann, a UBCO Social Work co-op placement student via the Penticton Area Women's Centre came to work with us. From her experience with PAWC, she helped us set up the office, apply for grants and get the OC WRC up and running. She also helped establish campus and community partners on various projects for which we have been very appreciative. Amberlee now works with the South Okanagan Victim Assistance Society (SOVAS) and has joined the OC Women's Resource Centre Board as a director.

We rely on volunteers like Amberlee to keep the centre running with regular office hours (10 am to 2 pm, Monday to Friday), fundraisers and awareness events. As well, we continue to build on our relationships with partners both on and off campus. 

Our Mission

Located on Penticton campus, Okanagan College’s Women’s Resource Centre offers a comfortable space where students can drop by for campus support and community referrals (including a collection of pamphlets and resources), or just sit for a while and chat with one of our volunteers, find a good place to study, or access our free shelf with food, toiletries, and safer sex supplies!

Our mission is to promote healthy and safe relationships on campus and in our communities. We welcome and celebrate people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We encourage all members of our campus community to work toward gender equality, social justice, and an environment where everyone can feel safe and thrive.

Board Members
       
Priscillia Lefebvre
WRC Chair

Department of Sociology
Okanagan College Penticton Campus
Extension 3255
Anna Wolleben
WRC Treasurer
Regional Dean's Office - South
Okanagan College Penticton Campus
Extention 3213
 
 

   
Sarah Lefebure
WRC Interim Chair
Counsellor
Okanagan College Penticton Campus
Extension 3232
  Bryan Penfound
WRC Secretary
Math & Stat Department
Okanagan College Penticton Campus
Extension 3253
 
       
Sheilagh Seaton
WRC Director

Okanagan School of Business
Okanagan College Penticton Campus

  Eva Gavaris
WRC Director

Librarian
Okanagan College Penticton Campus
Extension 3224
 
       
Fae Hodgins
WRC Director
Volunteer Coordinator
Okanagan College Penticton Campus

  Amberlee Erdmann
WRC Director

SOVAA Resource Development Coordinator
rdc.sovas@gmail.com