Congratulations Nicole!

This year, former SAVIS counsellor Nicole Pietsch was awarded the Ingrid Zollikofer Award. This award was developed in memory of Ingrid Zollikofer, who was a cherished SAVIS counsellor and supporter of women’s rights. Nicole exemplifies Ingrid’s compassion and dedication to social justice, advocacy and ending all forms of violence against women and children. Ingrid’s life-l...
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SAVIS’ First Annual Lunafest

On May 2nd 2013, SAVIS hosted our 1st Annual Lunafest®. LUNAFEST is a film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women. 300 supporters came out to Holy Trinity High School in Oakville to view the nine thought-provoking films. This innovative, independent women’s film festival helped to raise funds to support our ongoing programs at SAVIS and the Breast Cancer ...
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Passion and Dedication: Ashley Mitchell

Ashley Mitchell joined SAVIS in 2010 and has given many valuable and dedicated hours of volunteerism. As a support/crisis line volunteer, Ashley is one of the voices of SAVIS that provides 24 hour support to survivors of violence. Ashley said the following of her work at SAVIS:  Ashley and her dog Holly“I became involved with the Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention S...
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Welcome Melissa!

Melissa Lowe is the new Youth Worker at SAVIS. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts where she majored in Sociology and minored in Family and Child Studies. She has worked for different service agencies such as an Oakville adolescent group home and various youth centres. Her experiences have allowed her to gain knowledge in engaging youth from vari...
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Wecome Back Ameena!

Ameena has returned to work at SAVIS as the Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) Diversity Outreach Assistant. She completed her placement at SAVIS while pursuing her diploma in Social Service Work at Sheridan College. She is also currently one of SAVIS’ crisis/support line volunteers. Ameena plans to attend University in the fall and hopes to continue volunteering on SAVI...
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Welcome Jessie!

Jessie MacMaster is SAVIS’ Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) Public Education Assistant. Over the past few years she has been involved in the community through volunteering, and later achieved a paid position with the POSSE (Peer Outreach Support Services and Education) Project. She has also been involved with the mental health youth group Disable the Label where she he...
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Draw the Line

On May 21st, SAVIS hosted its first DRAW THE LINE event at the Bronte Youth Centre and Queen Elizabeth Park Youth Centre to coincide with Sexual Assault Awareness Month. DRAW THE LINE is a new joint initiative by the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) and Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes (AOCVF), which aims to educate youth about respondin...
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Annual General Meeting and Volunteer Celebration

On June 13th SAVIS held its Annual General Meeting and Volunteer Celebration.  SAVIS staff and volunteers enjoyed this year’s keynote speaker Che Marville who discussed the importance of self-care.  This year we said goodbye to Board Members Michelle Bilek and Cynthia Black and welcomed SAVIS volunteer Laura Gillespie as a new Board Member.
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Halton’s 23rd Annual Take Back the Night

SAVIS of Halton, in partnership with the members of the Take Back the Night Committee, invites you to attend Halton’s 23rd annual Take Back the Night (TBTN) march. This important community event will be held on September 18th, 2013 at the L.G. Branch Auditorium at the Mainway Arena— 4015 Mainway, Burlington and will run from 6:00 — 8:30 pm. Halton’s TBTN provides a space to ...
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Women Abuse Prevention Month

November is Women Abuse Prevention Month. It is important that we educate ourselves and others about the prevalence of women abuse. One third of women over the age of sixteen have experienced at least one incident of sexual assault. Less than 10% of sexual assaults are reported to the police. It is crucial that we take the time to talk about, and recognize, that this is somethi...
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