It sure was an honor to be a part of Tri Pride this year. This was the first year that Women’s Crisis Services attended and although it rained during parts of the event everyone seemed to be having a great time! At my table I was able to hear the musical entertainment that was on the main stage. It was so entertaining to watch all the people coming together and dancing down the street. We also had face paints available for anyone interested. Although I am not an artist by trade I was able to learn a few techniques from the many parents that painted their children’s faces. As an Outreach Worker I saw this as a valuable experience to connect with many women and children to share information about our agency. Throughout the event many women came to our information table inquiring about volunteering at our agency. Many people took the information pamphlets that were provided. What was most valuable to me is to see the number of women that took our crisis line information. I also had the opportunity to spend some time with a woman who had recently been assaulted by her partner. We were able to step away from the table and complete safety planning, exchange contact information and talk about community resources. By having our table at Tri Pride we were able to reach out to someone we may not have been able to connect with otherwise. I look forward to attending Tri Pride in the many years to come!
Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region