December 6th

  December 6, 1989 − December 6, 2015: Keeping Their Legacy Alive December 6, 1989: in 22 minutes, 27 people were injured and 14 women were killed at Montreal’s École Polytechnique by a gunman before he turned the trigger on himself. The gunman had studied for admission to the school, but was not accepted – a decision he blamed on “affirmative action” policies...
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SAVIS of Halton is Seeking Diverse Members to Sit on Our Board of Directors!

The Board of Directors provides strategic leadership to the organization by committing to excellence in governance and supporting the optimum achievement of it's goals and mandate. We are always seeking committed, diverse individuals who have a variety of different experiences.   We welcome applicants with experience in, but not limited to: finance, human resources, fund...
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LUNAFEST: Short Films By, For, About Women!

Enjoy a wonderful evening of award winning short films “by, for, and about women.” SAVIS of Halton and The Zonta Club of Oakville are pleased to announce our 4th Annual LUNAFEST® Independent Women’s Film Festival on August 25th, 2016 at Film.ca  (171 Speers Rd., Oakville L6K 2W1). Previews of this year’s films can be seen at http://www.lunafest.org To purchase tickets conta...
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Black History Month – Rose Fortune

Rose Fortune Occupations: Businesswoman Police Officer Rose Fortune (March 13, 1774 – February 20, 1864) was born into slavery in the British colony of Virginia. Her family escaped slavery during the American Revolution and settled in Annapolis Royal as part of the Black Loyalist migration when Rose was 10 years old. In 1825, she started her own business, carting luggage...
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Black History Month – Harry Jerome

Harry Jerome Occupation: Athlete Harry Jerome (1940–1982) also known as Mr. Canada held many achievements in the Olympics in the 1960’s. He received the world record in several different track events and continued to receive his Master’s degree in Physical Education in his post-athletic career. After Harry’s athletic career he was invited by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau t...
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Black History Month – Measha Brueggergosman

Measha Brueggergosman Occupations: Opera Singer Concert Artist Stage Actress Measha Brueggergosman (born in 1977) grew up singing in the choir of her local church in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Brueggergosman pursued her musical interests with both vocal and piano lessons. She attended the University of Toronto, where she earned a Bachelor of Music and continued to Düssel...
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Black History Month – Zanana Akande

Zanana Akande Occupations: Teacher Principal Journalist Politician Cabinet Minister Zanana L. Akande (born in 1937) is a former Canadian politician. She was the first Black woman elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and the first Black woman to serve as a cabinet minister in Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees from the Univers...
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Black History Month – Viola Desmond

Viola Desmond Occupations: Businesswoman Beautician Viola Desmond (July 6, 1914 – February 7, 1965) was a Nova Scotian business woman who challenged racial discrimination at a movie theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia in 1946. She had trained as a teacher but soon joined her husband, Jack Desmond, in a combined barbershop and hairdressing salon. While expanding her busines...
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New Year’s Day

The SAVIS office will be closed on Thursday, January 1st (New Year's Day). We will open again on Friday, January 2nd at 9:00am. Our crisis and support line operates 24/7, even when our office is closed. If you are in need of crisis support, call 905-875-1555. We want to wish everyone in our community a peaceful and united 2015.
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Bill Cosby and Victim-Blaming

The New York post recently published an article where they detailed how Bill Cosby has hired a team of private investigators to find out personal information about his accusers. The method of attempting to discredit survivors through their personal history is not a new one. Historically, this kind of information has been used against female survivors in particular. In the...
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