Avante’s March Newsletter
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.