If one good thing came out of the recent presidential race in the United States, it is that more people are expressing disagreement, and even disgust, with what a certain male candidate called “locker room talk”.
It was refreshing to see large numbers of men, many of them professional athletes, speak out against the ridiculous assertion lewd and sexist comments are the norm in locker rooms, and should therefore be seen as acceptable.
Witnessing these men stand up and be counted on behalf of women everywhere gives me hope we are at a turning point, and might have a shot at ending the culturally-embedded misogyny and inequality that allow violence against women to continue.
Yet while I nurture renewed hope for a future free of abuse, the beds at Kelowna Women’s Shelter remain full.
Every night, women and their children seek refuge here, fleeing the men who were supposed to love them, and treat them with respect and kindness.
Every night, for 36 years, we’ve welcomed victims of intimate partner violence with open arms, providing food, clothing, shelter, counselling support and a shoulder to cry on.
Twenty-four hours a day, our staff are here to wipe their tears and provide the resources and support they need to move forward into a new life.
If not for the support of this community, we could not do what we do.
Thanks to your support through donations and volunteer time, we are able to put food on the table, keep the lights and heat on, and change lives every single day.
On behalf of the clients, staff and board of directors, “Thank you!”
Karen Mason (Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org) is executive director of Kelowna Women’s Shelter.
In the middle of summer it doesn't get better than this: for the entire month of August, when you buy a scoop of freshly-made ice cream at JOEY Kelowna, $1 goes to the Kelowna Women's Shelter.
That's right- buy an ice cream and give back to the Shelter at the same time! It's win win!
It's a new initiative called Scoop of Care, part of the JOEY Restaurants Cup of Care philanthropy program. This month, $1 from each scoop of spun daily ice cream will be donated to a local charity or cause in each community, as chosen by JOEY employees.
We're so thankful that that wonderful employees at JOEY Kelowna named us as their charity of choice!
"Scoop of Care was created from our employees' feedback and desire to find more ways to give back to their respective communities," said Jeff Fuller, owner and CEO of JOEY Restaurants.
"At JOEY Restaurants, we are passionate about empowering our communities and making sure they are provided with the necessary resources to be set-up for success."
There is still lots of time left to enjoy some delicious ice cream and give back in the process-- visit JOEY Kelowna at 2475 Hwy 97N, near Hwy 33. Or get more information here.
The Kelowna Women's Shelter uses funds from community initiatives to support various services for women in need including housing, food, clothing and counselling. We couldn't do what we do without your support-- thanks again JOEY Kelowna!
If you want to donate $10 now-- text SHELTER to 20222.
Calling all Okanagan fitness buffs! Coming up on July 2-3, take part in The True Fitness Challenge in support of the Kelowna Women's Shelter.
The competition will feature fitness skills, a modelling competition and an obstacle course. It's all part of the Kelowna Fitness Expo happening at the Rotary Centre for the Arts and Prospera Place. Compete as an individual, as a team, or both. Enter one event or all three!
The True Fitness Challenge is open to men and women of all fitness levels. Win up to $500 cash.
Proceeds from the competition will go to the Kelowna Women's Shelter.
On Saturday, June 18 members of the Okanagan Sun Football Club and representatives of the Kiwanis Club of Kelowna Summit offered their time and energy doing yard work for the Kelowna Women's Shelter.
Team members and coach Mike Botterill spent the morning doing some serious weeding and now our yard looks better than ever! Sadly, every year a number of professional athletes make headlines for domestic violence. It's wonderful to know the young men in our community are instead dedicating their time to being positive role models and supporting women in need. Thank you for setting such a great example!
As always, we are very grateful for your hard work and support. Thanks, Kiwanis and Okanagan Sun.
Come be a cat with the Kelowna Women's Shelter at the upcoming Fat Cat Children's Festival on June 10 and 11 at Waterfront Park.
This year marks the 26th edition of the fun-filled family event. The theme this year is "Fat Cat is... the Okanagan Explorer." We dress up as cats each year, so put on your favourite cat costume and come take part!
The festival is packed with activities, education booths and crafts for kids. There will also be a full day of stage performances and street performers!
The Kelowna Women's Shelter will have a craft table set up from 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Friday, June 10. On Saturday, check out the parade on Cawston Avenue from 10-11:30 a.m.
Weekend admission is $5 per person or $15 for a family of four. For more information visit fatcatfestival.ca.