Women-focused charities that positively impact our communities

For International Women’s Day, Shaw Business supported the women-focused charities that positively impacted our communities with a $25,000 donation contest. Learn more about the five charities that won a $5,000 donation and how they are helping support women across Canada.

The Broom Tree Foundation

Based in Lacombe, Alberta, The Broom Tree Foundation’s mission is to promote and maintain an enriched environment focused solely on women in need of support and compassion. It exists to provide refuge, restoration and rebuilding to women and their families, while helping women overcome the barriers that are preventing them from living enriched, healthy lives. Their Bridges Program helps women to build connections and connect them to resources to meet specific needs in their communities.

That money is going to go back into women and creating firm foundations for them to do what is it is they need to do.

Donna Abma, Executive Director of The Broom Tree Foundation

Black Women In Motion

Black Women In Motion is a Toronto-based, youth-led organization that empowers and supports the advancement of black women and survivors of sexual violence. Their services include a youth employment assistance program, a peer education network, community workshops, a community emergency relief fund for non-binary and gender non-conforming people experiencing food and income security as a result of the pandemic. Learn how you can help here.

This is going to be going towards our black youth employment and assistance program, an employment and entrepreneurial based initiative that works with survivors and developing their employability skills.

Monica Samuel, Founder and Executive Director of Black Women In Motion

Haven Society

In Nanaimo, B.C., Haven Society exists to promote the integrity and safety of women, children, youth and families and the development of a respectful and healthy community. Their variety of programs are designed to end violence against women while supporting a health community, and include a drop in program, women’s counselling, community victim services, a children intervention/prevention program, a transition house, and more. Learn how you can get involved in supporting this community organization here.

Winning this contest contributes to Haven’s continued support of these services that are vital to those who access our programs on a daily basis.

Toni Wheeler, Executive Director of Haven Society

Rethink Breast Cancer

Rethink Breast Cancer helps young people who are concerned about and affected by breast cancer. They conduct advocacy work with young women to boldly put the issues that matter to women with breast cancer on the agenda, and include offering a variety of resources and stories to help women living with and concerned about breast cancer. Their Rethink Young Women’s Network is a community of young women that have personal experience with breast cancer at any stage, to help other women feel supported and engage in meaningful conversations with other women. Learn how you can join their movement by visiting here.

The prize funding allows us to educate, empower and advocate for the unique needs and challenges of young women with breast cancer to help them live better and live longer. It’s also really touching to our team to even be nominated.

MJ Decoteau, Founder and Executive Director of Rethink Breast Cancer

WINGS of Providence

WINGS is based out of Edmonton and stands for Women In Need Growing Stronger. It is a second-stage, long term shelter that provides safe, transitional housing with client-centred supportive programs to women and families healing from an abusive relationship. WINGS offers child care, counselling, youth programming and an outreach program that serve residents and their surrounding communities. Find out how you can get involved here.

The moms and their children are reaching for the stars in spite of the many barriers that they face each and every day. Winning this contest means that we can continue to provide our families with support they need when their cupboards are bare.

Kathy Collins, Executive Director of WINGS of Providence
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