Revelstoke Women’s Shelter welcomes new board members

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During its most recent Annual General Meeting, on August 31st, the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter had the pleasure of welcoming two new board members to the team.  The current board, which is made up of 8 individuals, including Lisa Lamothe (President) and Dustin Fransoo (Vice President).  This year’s newest members, bring enthusiasm and passion for women’s… Read more »

Revelstoke Women’s Shelter provides art kits to vulnerable women

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Since the beginning of May, the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter has disbursed over 20 art kits to women and their children in this community. The art kits, which are funded through the shelter’s new COVID-19 social response program, are part of the shelter’s larger women’s outreach program, Moving Forward. The Revelstoke Women’s Shelter recently received funds… Read more »

Domestic violence as a community issue

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Within the first weeks of the pandemic’s social distancing restrictions and strong directives to stay home, discussion around domestic violence gained unprecedented coverage in the news. Increased time in close quarters for families, the loss of employment and income, the pressure of homeschooling children, the lack of sport and social outlets for men to decompress… Read more »

A focus on safety for Prevention Week 2020

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Since 1995, the Government of BC has dedicated one week in April to the Prevention of Violence Against Women, as “a movement to encourage the public to express its commitment to reducing and preventing violence against women, as well as to raise awareness about the unacceptability of violence against women, youth and children in our… Read more »

Revelstoke Women’s Shelter adjusts to new reality

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As self-isolation means staying with friends or family is less of an option for those fleeing domestic abuse, the women’s shelter provides an important service during these uncertain times. Extended periods in close quarters with no end in sight, the self-isolation period recommended to reduce the COVID-19 outbreak increases the risk for those who were… Read more »

Reflections on 30 years of service to the poor – Interview with Cathy Girling

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Cathy Girling is one of Revelstoke’s unsung heroes, having dedicated over 30 years of her professional life to helping those living the deepest poverty in this community. “I’m not sure what drew me to the work originally,” she says, “but I’ve always worked with people, and always with people in poverty.” Girling worked as a… Read more »

Finding solutions to local affordability challenges, the “made in Revelstoke” way

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The Revelstoke Women’s Shelter is deeply committed to reducing poverty, recognizing the link between poverty and vulnerability to abuse.  The Shelter is an active member of the Vibrant Revelstoke – Affordability for All collective impact process. Finding solutions to local affordability challenges, the “made in Revelstoke” way With the increasing price of housing, food and… Read more »

Dose event remembers Montreal Massacre

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Though it happened 30 years ago, the murder of 14 young women still haunts us. Not only was it considered the worst mass-shooting in Canada’s history, but it was made even more disturbing by the fact that these individuals were targeted and killed because of the fact that they were women. This Friday, December 6,… Read more »

Elder Abuse is a Community Issue

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Unless we have had to deal with it, most of us don’t think about elder abuse on a regular basis.  We live in a small and friendly town after all – some might even call it a bit of a bubble.  While it’s true that Revelstoke doesn’t see many cases of elder abuse here in… Read more »

Royal LePage and Women’s Shelter Raise Funds to Help Break the Cycle of Violence

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Royal LePage and the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter have teamed up to raise money for women and their children who are fleeing abuse.  Royal LePage’s National Garage Sale for Shelter is a national event, which has taken place in various locations across Canada for 11 years now. “Royal LePage’s National Foundation for Shelter leads the way… Read more »

Violence against women “too close to home”: Revelstoke Women’s Shelter hosts activities for Prevention Week 2019

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 While the #MeToo movement has sparked unprecedented awareness around sexual assault and harassment, women and girls in Canada continue to experience gender-based violence in a multitude of forms. An estimated 67% of Canadians know a woman who has experience physical or sexual abuse – a number that continues to rise.  Statistics Canada suggest domestic violence… Read more »

SPRING CLEAN FOR A GOOD CAUSE: 11TH ANNUAL NATIONAL GARAGE SALE FOR SHELTER BEING HOSTED IN REVELSTOKE BY ROYAL LEPAGE REVELSTOKE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SPRING CLEAN FOR A GOOD CAUSE: 11TH ANNUAL NATIONAL GARAGE SALE FOR SHELTER BEING HOSTED IN REVELSTOKE BY ROYAL LEPAGE REVELSTOKE Revelstoke BC, April 2, 2019 On Saturday, May 11th 2019, Royal LePage Revelstoke in Revelstoke BC, along with Royal LePage offices across Canada, will be transformed into an oasis for bargain… Read more »

Extreme weather shelter proposed for Revelstoke

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As published in the Revelstoke Mountaineer, the Revelstoke Current, and the Revelstoke Review. Unusually low temperatures this winter have highlighted the need for an extreme weather shelter in Revelstoke. Temperatures in February frequently hit -18 overnight and for anyone homeless in Revelstoke, these conditions are life-threatening. Revelstoke City’s social development coordinator Jill Zacharias has been… Read more »

It takes a very strong individual

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By Jocelyn Doll, Editor at the Revelstoke Review, March 6, 2019. Lynn Loeppky’s mom used to say that her daughter “is not a collector of things, she is a collector of people.” As an adult, that translated both into Loeppky’s work as a foster parents and then as the executive director of the Revelstoke Women’s… Read more »

Revelstoke celebrates International Women’s Day

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Women in Revelstoke doing incredible things will be recognized this Friday March 8, as part of International Women’s Day celebrations. The Women of Inspiration event will be held at DOSE Coffee, from 5.30 to 7.30 p.m. with free refreshments and live music. It is hosted by the Revelstoke Review newspaper and donations raised will go towards the… Read more »

La Nina Sled Camp donates to shelter

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Check out the photo gallery on the Revelstoke Mountaineer. These epic photos from the fifth annual La Nina Sled Camp show being charitable can be a whole lot of fun. Men and women came together late last year for La Nina Sled Camp’s annual charity ride, which was captured by photographers Pat Garbutt and Cassandra… Read more »

Revelstoke Freemasons donate to women’s shelter

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As published in the Revelstoke Mountaineer, Revelstoke Review and Revelstoke Current. Look above Kids on Main next time you’re on Mackenzie Avenue and you’ll see the insignia of the Freemasons, a group steeped in history dating back to 1891 in Revelstoke.   This organization, one of the oldest in the world, does its good deeds here quietly…. Read more »

Donors boost Revelstoke Women’s Shelter work

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As published in the Revelstoke Mountaineer and the Revelstoke Review. As we head into the season for giving, Revelstoke’s office of financial firm Edward Jones has kicked it off donating over $4,000 to the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society. “I think the shelter is a great cause,” financial advisor Chris Bostock said. “We live here. If… Read more »

Shelter Halloween party raises awareness and funds

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Awareness and funds were raised at the first Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society Halloween party. Over $2000 was raised and the community came together to donate their time and items to the cause. Many thanks to: The City of Revelstoke, McCarty House Inn, Revelstoke Credit Union, the Columbia Basin Trust, The REV band, Everything Revelstoke shuttle… Read more »

Strength in Revelstoke for International Women’s Day

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We acknowledged International Women’s Day and took the chance to officially welcome our executive director Lynn Loeppky. Click here to read the full article in the Revelstoke Review newspaper.   Women should not forget their right to live in a safe and supportive environment: Women’s Shelter executive director Revelstoke Women’s Shelter Society’s (RWSS) new executive director… Read more »

Are you experiencing the Cycle of Abuse?

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Many don’t realize that unhealthy aspects and behaviours in their relationship is part of the Cycle of Abuse. In the third column of the Recognizing Healthy Relationships series we discuss this merry-go-round of emotions. First published here on the Revelstoke Mountaineer. “He was very controlling emotionally. He had a very violent temper. It was kind… Read more »

Signs you’re in a toxic relationship

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Is your relationship making you unhappy? In this second Recognising Healthy Relationships article from the Revelstoke Women’s Shelter’s, we look at toxic relationship habits. First published here on the Revelstoke Mountaineer. “Back then I felt just utterly hopeless, distraught, and life just being life at that point. I didn’t really see a future.” – previous… Read more »