Vaccination Support Committee

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Effective Wednesday April 7th, if you were born in 1961 or earlier, the Provincial online portal & call centre is open for registration for a Covid-19 vaccination appointment.  In addition, many pharmacies and physicians across Niagara also have vaccine doses for customers/patients 55+ and will be calling them to book appointments. For some pharmacies, you can pre-register on their website.

Below are the details on how to register using the Provincial online portal:

      • Click here for the Ontario website
      • Call centre phone # is 1-888-999-6488 open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. every day
      • You will need information from both the front & back of your green health card, birth date, Postal Code and email address and cell number (with texting capabilities). You may need access to a printer.
      • If you only have a red & white health card, you must phone to book.
      • You can register for any clinic in the region. Click to see list of clinic locations & dates/times they will be open or visit the Niagara Region Public Health website.
      • Niagara residents taking transit for COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be able to travel for free to any Public Health Vaccination Clinic and to pharmacies and doctor’s offices for inoculations as they become available. Accessible shuttles will be available from Brock Transit Hub to the clinic. Riders will need to show proof of their appointment when boarding and proof of vaccination on return trips. Users will also be required to wear a mask on the bus. Information about bus schedules can be found at yourbus.com or by calling 905-687-5555.
      • For your appointment:

      – Wear a mask
      – Bring your Ontario Health Card.
      – Bring your booking confirmation number or QR code from the provincial booking portal, preferably a printed version.
      – Have something to eat to prevent feeling faint while receiving the vaccine.
      – Be sure to wear a comfortable shirt which is loose along the arms (so you can receive a vaccination in the upper arm).
      – Arrive no more than five minutes prior to your appointment time.

      CFUW St Catharines Ad Hoc committee continues to ensure that all our senior members who wish to receive their Covid-19 vaccination do not miss the opportunity. If you were born in 1946 or earlier and think that you may need assistance with any of the following, please send an email to cfuwstcatharines@gmail.com and we will contact you with further details.

      • Assistance with knowing when the vaccine is available to the over 80’s
      • Assistance with registering for the vaccine
      • Assistance with knowing where to go to be given the vaccination
      • Assistance with arranging transportation to/from an appointment for a vaccination

      Depending on the success with our over 80 members, we will consider expanding our mandate to other age groups in the future. Watch for updates on this page.

      Regards,
      CFUW St Catharines Vaccination Support
      Ad Hoc Committee
      Susan Middleton – Chair
      Carol Dueck – member
      Kathy Pagonis – member
      Pat Paulin – member

Creative Writing Contest

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The CFUW St. Catharines 100th Anniversary Creative Writing Contest beckons. Let your inventive artistic talent flow from mind to page in no more than 750 words. the only requirement is that your story must begin with “The meaning was clear”.

Confirm your intent to enter by March 5th to Trish Loat, Bettianne Matheson or Caroline Nolan. Submit one copy of your entry by April 30th. Results will be announced in October 2021.

REDress Project – February 8 – 14

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Missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people (MMIWG2S+) will be remembered by the Brock University and Niagara College communities during a weeklong display of red dresses and through several virtual events from Monday, Feb. 8 to Sunday, Feb. 14.

The REDress Project, which involves the hanging of red dresses in public spaces, began as an art installation by Métis artist Jamie Black first displayed at the University of Winnipeg in 2011 and has since been replicated in communities across Canada. The empty red dresses are meant to signify the loss of thousands of Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit, lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (2SLGTBQQIA) people over the past 40 years to colonial violence.

Since 2019, Brock University has hosted an installation of red dresses around campus and a public event raising awareness about MMIWG2S+ organized around Feb. 14 in solidarity with the annual Women’s Memorial March held in Vancouver since 1991.

Brock’s Acting Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement, Robyn Bourgeois said continuing to raise awareness of the longstanding injustices the week discusses was of critical importance.

“Violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGTBQQIA people has always been a part of colonialism in Canada, and it continues to be a part of Canadian society because Canada remains a colonial country,” she said. “While Canada undertook a formal inquiry into this violence, the government has yet to respond to its findings and, more importantly, take action to protect Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGTBQQIA people from violence. This inaction comes with an extraordinary cost for Indigenous Peoples.”

Along with an array of virtual events to further raise awareness, this year will see red dresses hung at Brock University and Niagara College, the latter of which is participating in the initiative for the first time. Dresses will be hung outside at the University’s main campus and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, and at Niagara College’s Daniel J. Patterson Campus in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Welland Campus — each including an attached note with information about the project to help increase awareness. The College community is encouraged to share photos of themselves tying a red ribbon to a tree to honour the MMIWG via social media.

“Being a part of the REDress Project with our partners at Brock University and having the opportunity to display the red dresses on our campuses is very meaningful to the Niagara College community. It will offer a striking visual reminder in the week leading up to Valentine’s Day and Family Day that each and every missing and murdered Indigenous woman and girl was loved,” said Lianne Gagnon, Director, Student Services, Niagara College.

“The important issue of MMIWG is in the hearts and minds for all of us at Indigenous Education, and supporting the LGBTQ2S+ community is a vital component of our core NC values to ensure a safe, diverse and inclusive place for all. We hope that our involvement will further engage our College and the public to learn more.”

Bourgeois said the partnership with Niagara College showed awareness of the issue was growing.

“I’m so excited this year’s REDress event is a collaboration between Niagara College and Brock University,” she said. “Partnership and collaboration are the cornerstones of success, and I’m so pleased we can work together to raises awareness about MMIWG2S+.”

Along with the existing red dress display and participating in the virtual events, community members are also encouraged to hang a red dress where they are (for example, in a window or outside) for the week and to send a photo of the dress to REDressBrock@gmail.com to be part of a virtual display.

By hanging red dresses, participating virtually and taking time to learn about ongoing injustices, Bourgeois said participants can contribute to appropriate remembrance and necessary changes in policy going forward.

“We need events like this because the work isn’t done,” she said. “Not only do we need space to remember MMIWG2S+, we also need to continue to press this issue and demand justice for MMIWG2S+, their families and Indigenous communities generally. We cannot be silent as long as this violence continues.”

The REDress initiative is sponsored and supported by Brock University’s Human Rights and Equity Office, Social Justice Centre, Sexual Violence Prevention Committee, Faculty of Social Sciences Dean’s Discretionary Fund and Office of the Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement; and Niagara College’s Facilities Management and Indigenous Education. That support will allow virtual events for REDress 2021 (listed below) to run from Monday, Feb. 8 to Friday, Feb. 12.

Both the Brock and Niagara College communities, as well as the public, are encouraged to attend the virtual events to learn more about the REDress Project, the MMIWG inquiry and the impacts the issue is having in Niagara.

Families of MMIWG
Monday, Feb. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m.
To launch REDress week, we are centring the stories of families of MMIWG. Community member Linda John will share her family’s experiences.
To attend the event, please visit Brock’s REDress website.

2SLGTBQQIA + MMIWG
Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
This session highlights the experiences of 2SLGTBQQIA and features panelist Nenookaasi Ogichidaa.
To attend the event, please visit Brock’s REDress website.

Brock’s Decolonial Reading Circle hosts Helen Knott
Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Brock’s Decolonial Reading Circle (DRC) will host author Helen Knott to discuss her memoir, In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience.
To attend this event, please email Bourgeois at rbourgeois@brocku.cato be added to the DRC email list and receive link information.

Men, Masculinity and MMIWG
Thursday, Feb. 11 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
This panel discussion considers the role of Indigenous men in addressing the issue of MMIWG2S+. It features a panel of prominent Indigenous men: former CFL player JR LaRose, journalist Sean Vanderklis and filmmaker Nick Printup.
To attend the event, please visit Brock’s REDress website.

Our Sisters in Spirit Gala
Friday, Feb. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m.
A gala film screening of Brock student and NC alumnus (2015) Nick Printup’s film Our Sisters in Spirit. Printup created the film as a student in NC’s Broadcasting — Radio, Television and Film program to explore the question of calling a national public inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director. The event will be opened by Fallon Farinacci, a Métis woman who served as a member of the National Family Advisory Council for the National Inquiry into MMIWG2S+.
To attend the event, please visit Brock’s REDress website

Human Trafficking in the Niagara Region

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CFUW Welland and District

In conjunction with

YWCA St Catharines

Invites you to a presentation on Zoom

Human Trafficking in the Niagara Region presented by

Kayla Meyer Lead Person on the Trafficking Team,

YWCA St. Catharines

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 7pm

 We have space for 100 participants, please register early.

To register for an invitation please email

harding.welland@gmail.com

National Philanthropy Day

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Dear supporters, partners and champions,

Thank you for the investment you have made in the future of Brock students. Because of you, Brock can continue to provide the best academic experience to our students. Your support has enabled us to build facilities and provide essential services such as online academic skills programs and mental health support. Because of your generosity, students have access to scholarships and awards.

Today, on National Philanthropy Day, we thank you and celebrate the collective impact of donors at Brock, throughout the country and around the world.

Your philanthropy is the foundation for a brighter future as your support creates opportunities for our students to excel in their studies and achieve success.

We hope you will take a moment to view this student message of gratitude.

With gratitude,

Sonia Dupte
Director, Development & Stewardship

CFUW St Catharines Virtual AGM

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Dear Members,

In preparation for our AGM on Zoom July 14 at 7:30, please read the following amendments to our constitution/bylaws.

Constitution/bylaw amendments to doc of March 2020

This is further to our email of June 30 advising you of our AGM and the documents we will be voting on.  These were originally sent to you in the spring as well, but for your convenience, here are the links again.

2020-2021 Budget

Charitable Fund Allocations

Constitution and Bylaws

2020-2021 Executive Slate

 

Help for Seniors

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Helping Seniors Stay Safe at Home

Niagara Gatekeepers is a phone line referral service that anyone can call to help connect an at-risk senior who is 55 years of age or older with programs and services to help them stay safe and independent at home.

Referral Line

Call 905-684-0968 if you know of a senior who may need the help of an agency. The Gatekeeper line is open 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., 365 days a year.

Information provided will be forwarded to one of our partner agencies. The agency will contact the senior and arrange services to help the senior maintain independence and stay safe at home. Services are only provided with the consent of the senior.

All information is kept confidential and callers may remain anonymous.

Signs of an At-Risk Senior

A senior who meets any of the below criteria may need assistance and benefit from a referral to Niagara Gatekeepers:

  • Limited or no support from family or friends
  • Disclosed feeling alone or secluded
  • Difficulty accessing essential supplies such as food, medication, personal hygiene products, housekeeping and pet supplies
  • Difficulty arranging transportation to essential medical appointments
  • Challenges obtaining income support (such as Canada Pension Plan, Guaranteed Income Supplement and Old Age Security

Partner Agencies

  • Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network Home and Community Care
  • Alzheimer Society of Niagara
  • Niagara Region Seniors Community Programs
  • Niagara Region Mental Health Program

Niagara Gatekeepers operates with funding from the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network.