The Rotary Club of Toronto Gives Working Women a Meeting Place - by Sylvie Leger

 
The Women's Initiative Committee decided that the Working Women Community Centre presented the perfect opportunity for a worthwhile project in which to invest their allocated $100,000 Centennial grant.  Working Women had old office space being used by low-income women and their children for a variety of purposes ranging from breast feeding sessions for newcomer moms, to art projects for at-risk youth, to senior's fitness classes.  The space provided an opportunity for immigrant women and their families to build skills, make new friends, and help one another.  The shabby interior and unhealthy environment was in desperate need of repair, but there were no funds for the necessary renovations.
Upon viewing the existing interior and considering the recommended improvements, the Committee knew the difference a refurbished space would make.  A safe and welcoming place, the new Women's Meeting Place, will include enhanced ventilation, electrical upgrades, a new heating and cooling system, new flooring, a renovated community kitchen featuring industrial appliances, an accessible restroom, and an enhanced child-minding space.  The grant will also allow for the purchase of necessary equipment, furniture and child care supplies.  To make the beginning of this exciting partnership, on April 26th Working Women and The Rotary Club of Toronto held a kick-off event.  Community members joined the celebration and shared their thoughts on video.  Stay tuned for the play-by-play updates!    
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