Rebuild Haven House Ground Breaking

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Rebuild Haven House Ground Breaking Celebration Cambridge, ON- Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region (WCSWR) held a ground breaking ceremony today to celebrate the start of construction of “Haven House”, a 45-bed shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence and abuse in the Region of Waterloo. To learn all about this project, and why we are rebuilding, click here. The new Haven House will be built on a 2.286 acre...

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My Experiences Creating a PSA about Domestic Violence

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– By David Gibson I am a first-year student in the Broadcast Television program at Conestoga College. In this program we learn to use video to make short stories come to life, report on news and current events, and raise awareness about important issues. Some of my friends have been subjected to domestic violence, and I have talked to them in depth about what they experienced and what I could do to help. So when I was asked to create an...

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Domestic Violence Education at High School

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From an Outreach Worker’s perspective: I have been speaking to youth in many capacities for many years. For the last few years I have been fortunate enough to speak at St Benedict’s high school in Cambridge. I have been able to reach out to all of the students that have attended this school in the last few years so now my focus is solely on Grade 9 students. The topic that is discussed is in regards to healthy vs unhealthy relationships. The...

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A Woman Named Tonglen

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“This is a fictional story based on real life experiences of women who have experienced domestic violence.  The threads of loving kindness and healing throughout the story are based on the work of authors and spiritual teachers such as Pema Chodron, Eckhart Tolle, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and James Redfield.  Tonglen is a form of meditation that reverses the usual logic of avoiding suffering and seeking pleasure.  During the practice of Tonglen,...

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Christmas Family Sponsorship

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  As an Outreach Worker, I work with many families who live in the community during the time that they are looking for support. This past year I was very fortunate to be able to have some of those families sponsored by generous companies and families through the community in order to ensure that those who may be struggling were still able to have a great Christmas. The common theme between the families that were assisted were families that...

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