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The Scarborough Women's Centre (SWC) is a non-profit, charitable organization (#10795-9660-RR0001), which was formed in 1982 following a community consultation process conducted by the Women's Committee of Human Services Scarborough. The Centre is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and funded by federal, provincial, and municipal governments, foundations, corporations, individuals and special events.
Our staff includes the Executive Director; Counsellor; Business Development Manager; Administrative Assistant; and special project staff.
Scarborough Women's Centre facilitates the empowerment of women, to make long term, positive changes with confidence.
Since its inception, SWC has helped 165,000 women and their children. The Centre is an invaluable resource that provides information, education and support services to assist women in the transition to economic and emotional independence. The Centre has successfully accomplished many valuable projects, which have been emulated in communities around the world. Some examples include:
- The TTC surface route study, conducted in partnership with City of Scarborough, TTC, Metro Police, and Metrac, resulted in the implementation of recommendations to improve safety for women on public transit, including the Request Stop program and re-design of bus shelters (1989)
- The Economic Self Sufficiency Program/Rebuilding our Lives program for woman at risk of returning to abusive situations because they lack economic and emotional independence skills and support (initiated 1998)
- The Safe Motherhood Education project - an initiative to train health care workers who come in contact with pre-natal women, so that they can refer women who are being abused (2001)
- Mothers and Children at Risk - focused on issues for women who are parenting children with disabilities while experiencing abuse, including an outreach to agencies which provide service to families with disabilities to help them recognize the signs of abuse and be aware of appropriate referrals for the families (2002). This also led to the design of a support group for isolated women who are parenting children with disabilities (2003).
- Our formal case management/counselling service (initiated in 2000) with an optional mentoring support component that has been highly successful.
- We are an active participant in the Scarborough Access Centre which is working towards a co-location of organizations and institutions serving women dealing with abuse.
- In 1999, our Executive Director received the City of Scarborough Civic Recognition certificate for her work with the Community Safety Committee.
- In 2003, the Centre received the Mayor's Community Safety Award in recognition of our work with abused women and their children
- In 2007, our Executive Director was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary Foundation International in recognition of her service to the community while employed at the Centre.
- In 2008-2009, we celebrated our 25th anniversary of incorporation. We touched the lives of 160,000 women and their children during this time.
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2100 Ellesmere Road., Suite 245
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M1H 3B7
Charity No. 10795-9660-RR0001