Avante’s March News­let­ter

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MBar­bara Belling­ham Pro­gram Di­rec­tor Avante Women's Cen­tre

In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day arch 8 is an­nu­ally rec­og­nized as In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day, rais­ing aware­ness of how far we have moved for­ward over the years in es­tab­lish­ing equal rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. It also cre­ates an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate with our sis­ters in var­i­ous venues and for­mats. The coali­tion of women’s groups from Haute Ya­maska and Brome Mis­sisquoi in­vite all women to join us on Thurs­day, March 8 for an evening of din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment at Le Tour­nesol in Cowansville. Tick­ets for the sup­per are sold out but we have tick­ets at $10 for those who would like to just see the show at 7 p.m. Please call Avante at 450-248-0530 or Cen­tre Femmes Can­tons at 450-263-1028 to re­serve your spot.

For women un­der 40 Kayla is work­ing hard at reach­ing out to women un­der 40 in our com­mu­nity, in re­sponse to recog­ni­tion that this is an age group that of­ten suf­fers from con­flicts in life for the first time. Es­tab­lish­ing a healthy bal­ance between work­ing, rais­ing chil­dren, de­vel­op­ing last­ing re­la­tion­ships, man­ag­ing money, and many other life skills is not an easy task, so Kayla’s pro­grams are de­signed to ad­dress and help women through th­ese stages. And her ap­proach is work­ing. More and more women are com­ing to share and learn; and if any­thing, ap­pre­ci­ate the cou­ple of hours all to them­selves!

Hop­ing to ac­com­mo­date time is­sues, Kayla’s work­shops are held in the evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. On Tues­day,

March 13, learn about changes we can make to find more bal­ance in our lives, re­duce the chaos, and have more fun as we strug­gle to bal­ance our time between work and home. On Wed­nes­day, March 14 it’s “Creative Ex­pres­sion”: Jour­nal­ing and Sto­ry­telling. In this work­shop we will ex­plore how other cul­tures use sto­ry­telling to share their life lessons. We will also ex­plore how we can use jour­nals to be­come tell­ers of our own sto­ries. On the 20th, join us for a prac­tice med­i­ta­tion ses­sion un­der Jen’s gen­tle guid­ance and al­low your mind a mo­ment of well de­served peace, and on the last Tues­day of the month, March 27, prac­tice the fine art of de­bat­ing and learn how to get your point across in a pro­fes­sional way, us­ing ridicu­lous top­ics for dis­cus­sion.

Kayla is also of­fer­ing work­shops in Knowl­ton at the Lac Brome Com­mu­nity Cen­tre this month. On Mon­day, March 19 from 12:30 to 2:30, learn how to save money, waste less food, and eat a more bal­anced meal. On Mon­day March 26, it’s “Women are Awesome”! Kayla has de­signed a Jeop­ardy-styled game about women in his­tory. Join us from 12:30 to 2:30. Bor­der­line Per­son­al­ity


Do you have some­one in your life that is hard to get along with or feel you are be­ing con­trolled by? Are you tired of con­flict, but want to main­tain this re­la­tion­ship and feel bet­ter about your­self? If some­one you love has Bor­der­line Per­son­al­ity Dis­or­der, it’s like walk­ing on eggshells — choos­ing what you say and do so care­fully, be­cause the wrong words or ac­tions could trig­ger neg­a­tive re­ac­tions. It is pos­si­ble to live in har­mony and have bet­ter lives how­ever, by learn­ing dif­fer­ent ways to com­mu­ni­cate more ef­fec­tively and un­der­stand the dy­nam­ics of this re­la­tion­ship. Learn how to live your life in har­mony with your loved ones and get sup­port in mak­ing con­struc­tive changes. In part­ner­ship with Su­san La­porte from Oa­sis, we will be of­fer­ing “To Love And Help Some­one Who Suf­fers From Bor­der­line Per­son­al­ity Dis­or­der: A Chal­lenge That Can Be Achieved,” a 10-week course ev­ery Thurs­day morn­ing from 10 to noon, start­ing April 5. Lo­ca­tion will be de­ter­mined by regis­tra­tion, by call­ing Su­san La­porte at 450-777-7131 or Barb at Avante, 450-248-0530.

Reg­u­lar pro­gram­ming Gayl is con­tin­u­ing to help women get more com­fort­able with their sewing ma­chines as they are chal­lenged to sew quilt­ing blocks that will even­tu­ally be turned into a full sized quilt. All lev­els are wel­come, and if you have a par­tic­u­lar project to work on, you’re wel­come to bring it along. Gayl will be avail­able on Tues­day, March 6 from 9:30 to 11:30, and then on Thurs­day, March 22 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

On Wed­nes­day, March 7, we in­vite you to be part of our potluck lunch. Bring a dish to share while shar­ing ev­ery­one else’s do­na­tions, and par­take in some fun dis­cus­sions. Starts at noon.

Barb will be in Knowl­ton on March 12 for our monthly cof­fee break from 1:30 to 3:30. This month the topic will be “How To Free Your­self From A Life­time Of Clut­ter” — a new ap­proach to the dreaded spring cleanout!

Thurs­day, March 15 is our monthly “Soup Café” with homemade soup and buns, open to all women to just drop in to join to­gether for a meal at noon.

At 1:30 on the same day, Barb will lead a class on paint­ing Easter eggs, Ukrainian style, com­plete with kistkas and wax. As spe­cial ma­te­ri­als are re­quired, regis­tra­tion is re­quested and a $2 do­na­tion.

On Wed­nes­day, March 21 Nancy will be shar­ing pho­tos from her most re­cent va­ca­tion trip, a cruise to Panama, from 1:30 to 3:30, along with ex­cit­ing sto­ries of her ex­pe­ri­ences.

“Health Mat­ters” is a monthly work­shop of­fered in English at the Cowansville CLSC and open to the gen­eral pub­lic. This month our guest speaker will be phar­ma­cist Eric Hudon, who will be dis­cussing “How To Help Your Phar­ma­cist Help You Bet­ter,” re­veal­ing how phar­ma­cists can make your in­ter­ac­tion with them more ef­fi­cient and more ben­e­fi­cial. It will also be an op­por­tu­nity to ask ques­tions that Eric is well equipped to an­swer.

Join us on Fri­day, March 16 from 10-to noon, fol­lowed by a free soup lunch.

Avante Women’s Cen­tre has the man­date to of­fer ser­vices in English to women in Brome-mis­sisquoi. We host in­for­ma­tion ses­sions, work­shops, cour­ses and in­vited guests to help women find the in­for­ma­tion and tools they need to strengthen and em­power their own lives. We net­work with other com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions to sup­port their ser­vices and act as a li­ai­son between the English pop­u­la­tion and pub­lic ser­vices within our com­mu­ni­ties. We op­er­ate as a drop-in cen­tre, so please visit us at our Bed­ford lo­ca­tion at 15 rue du Pont, or call at 450-248-0530. We can also be seen on our web­site, www.avan­te­wom­en­scen­tre.org, and our Face­book page.

Avante mem­bers mod­el­ling their “re­pur­posed” sweaters into bean­ies and mit­tens.

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