The Nelson & District Women’s Center is pleased to announce the hire of two new co-directors, Reasha Wolfe and Kori Doty. They both bring a wealth of experience in feminist activism, environmental conservation, and community building work. The Women’s Centre is embracing and working to model the values of intersectional feminism and decolonization. “The NDWC was one of the first Women’s Centres in Canada to open its doors to all self-identifying women. Building a strong movement requires inclusivity. We are confident this leadership team will support these goals by increasing access to education and training, and making the Centre’s services more accessible and inclusive for all community members affected by gender-based inequality and violence”, says Stephanie Andrade e Castro, co-chair of the Coordinating Collective.
Reasha Wolfe brings 20 years of experience addressing poverty, violence, labour, and environmental issues. She had a long association with the Penticton and Area Women’s Centre before moving to Nelson five years ago. She has benefited from some of the services at NDWC and looks forward to building bridges between folks accessing services and coordinating programs. She is thrilled to join a team that offers such a vital community resource through a feminist framework.
Kori Doty has worked much of the past decade in non-profit organizations, including ANKORS, largely with a focus as a community educator and curriculum writer. They were excited to see a Women’s Center job posting that clearly invited trans and non-binary community leaders to apply. Kori lives near Slocan with their family, and is a parent of one year old Searyl, who is making fast work of a baby-proofing audit of the center.
The new directors are excited to be joining the NDWC, and are eager to meet with all who access the Centre, as well as our community partners and supporters around the Kootenays. Our relationships are the foundation of the movement, and we look forward to building, tending, and strengthening our relationships. As Canada’s longest running rural Women’s Centre, NDWC has been a voice for feminism in this area for 45 years. The Centre has a long standing policy of including all self-identified women; trans inclusion is a natural expansion on this policy. NDWC will improve access to resources and support for trans and non-binary folks as a step towards gender equity and justice. The inclusion of trans voices in our process will help us do it right.
The Nelson & District Women’s Centre is leading the way in identifying and dismantling sexism, racism, and classism; the Centre has adopted current intersectional feminist practices and is inclusive in our work for equity and justice. We recognize that the Nelson & District Women’s Centre has a responsibility to lead the way in this work in our communities, “This includes reconciliation, reproductive justice, resisting corporate industrial complexes, trans and queer inclusion, and other pressing issues of feminism today,” says Kori Doty.
Reasha Wolfe comments, “I think this may be a first in Canada, for a womens’ center to hire a non-binary director, and I am celebrating that. Not everyone has felt included in feminism, and not everyone has felt comfortable going to the Women’s Centre. I’d like to raise discussion about the fact that feminism is for everybody.“ Strategic Planning is set for early April, when our staff and Coordinating Collective (CC) will spend a day developing short and long term visions for the Centre. We want to involve your voices in the process, and will offer several opportunities for community and stakeholder input over the coming weeks. Join us in discussing the Centre’s policies around gender inclusion, expanding programming, social enterprise projects, improving services and work conditions, and the financial stability of the Centre. We look forward to using the community’s wealth of experiences and perspectives to clarify our intentions and plan the next steps towards a bright future for this Centre.
The NDWC is funded by grants from a beautiful range of foundations, companies, government programs and more, but the labour involved in applying for and reporting on grants is significant. We ask that you consider making a monthly donation to the Centre in accordance with your means. This will help staff to spend their time focusing on the Centre’s many services and programs that support the community.
Interested in supporting our work? Want to donate to NDWC? Please do so through our secure platform on CanadaHelps If you are looking for other ways to support the Women’s Centre and get involved, join our team of volunteers! We offer resource based training and skill development with a feminist and antioppressive framework through our Rooted in Community programming, or join our Coordinating Collective (our non-hierarchical board)
We invite everyone and their children to celebrate the addition of our new team members at a Burger & Beverage fundraiser at Finley’s on Tuesday April 10th, 2018. We hope this will give us an opportunity to meet with our supporters and raise some funds and engagement for our programs. Tickets are 15$ and will be on sale through centre staff and volunteers as well as at the door. We thank you in advance for your contributions and participation as we work to embrace and model the values of intersectional feminism and decolonization.
The Nelson and District Women’s Centre Staff & Coordinating Collective