The Women’s Centre endeavours to provide support to all of the women who seek its services – mothers, women with part-time or full-time jobs outside the home, seniors, and women in financial difficulty. Our outreach initiatives are an opportunity to reach women who are not served in great numbers by our core women’s programme. These groups include female adolescents and women who have recently immigrated to our country.
Free seminars/wellness clinics are offered once or twice a month on Tuesday afternoons and on the occasional evening. Topics range from the educational to the entertaining. Because they are free and open to the general public, our seminars/wellness are a great way to introduce a friend to the Centre. Registration is required. Free childcare for preschool-aged children is available, but you must register for this service in advance.
The Women’s Centre offers three types of workshops for female adolescents in West Island Schools. They are Girls Online; Sex and Sexuality; and Self-Defence. Each workshop series consists of 2 to 6 one-hour workshops designed for Secondary I – III female teens.
Making New Connections, the Women’s Centre’s program for recent immigrants, are free workshops aimed at providing practical information and support. Workshops cover a number of topics including employment, the Quebec school system, health care, transportation, parenting, and activities and services available on the West Island.
The Women’s Centre’s support groups offer women the psychological and emotional support they need to take up a new challenge, handle a problem, or further develop as individuals. Participants share their experience, support each other, and receive information and advice.
For vulnerable families living in the territory of the CLSC Lac St. Louis, the Women’s Centre offers Time for Two, an arts and crafts program with the goal of promoting a positive, enriching environment for children to grow and families to thrive. The program serves families headed by young mothers, low-income families, or families who have recently immigrated to our country.
We now also have a duplicate program, Temps pour Deux, offered in the Pierrefonds/Sainte-Genevieve area.