A W.I.N for women
Local residents set up support group
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