A W.I.N for women

Lo­cal res­i­dents set up sup­port group

Orleans Star - - LOCAL NEWS - Kate Lalu­miere or­leansstar@tc.tc Twit­ter @Or­leansstar

The Women’s In­te­gra­tion Net­work Inc. (W.I.N) be­gan as a ther­apy sup­port group com­prised of a group of women liv­ing in the Ot­tawa area. Af­ter work­ing to­gether for seven years, th­ese women have taken the next step to in­cor­po­rate their goals as a not for profit or­ga­ni­za­tion and de­vel­op­ing pro­gram that will aim to en­able and sup­port other women in the Ot­tawa com­mu­nity.

Or­léans res­i­dent and ex­ec­u­tive ad­min­is­tra­tor, Con­nie Hen­der­son, is con­fi­dent in the team of women work­ing be­hind the or­ga­ni­za­tion. "There is a wide range of ex­per­tise in our group," says Hen­der­son. "We have so­cial work­ers, a psy­chi­a­trist and tech­ni­cal peo­ple on board."

The or­ga­ni­za­tion, still in its in­fancy, hopes to part­ner with other lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions that share sim­i­lar val­ues and seek to pro­vide sim­i­lar re­sources for women in the com­mu­nity. "We will be part­ner­ing with other or­ga­ni­za­tions that have the same client group. There is ac­tu­ally a great de­mand for this ser­vice in Or­léans and ev­ery­where be­cause no one has done a pro­gram like this be­fore."

The or­ga­ni­za­tion is still assess­ing its first project, en­ti­tled the "New Be­gin­nings"project.

"We are look­ing at the first phase of the project. We are look­ing to sup­port women who have come from a First Na­tions re­serve who are look­ing to in­te­grate them­selves within the city." This project will act as a so­cial in­no­va­tion pro­gram tar­get­ing vul­ner­a­ble women, who are re­lo­cat­ing to ur­ban cen­tres. The pro­gram in­volves re­cruit­ing and train­ing vol­un­teers from the com­mu­nity to act as men­tors as well as re­cruit­ing and assess­ing vul­ner­a­ble women re­lo­cat­ing to Ot­tawa, and sup­port­ing the women and vol­un­teers with the ser­vices of trained so­cial work­ers. Cur­rently the project is in the part­ner­ship ac­qui­si­tion and funds devel­op­ment stage and is set to launch in Fe­bru­ary 2013. For more in­for­ma­tion, or to get in­volved, visit wom­ensin­te­gra­tionnet­work.org

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