OUR VOICE
OUR FREEDOM

OUR VOICE
OUR FREEDOM

The Women’s Advocacy Council’s long-term vision is to eliminate the gender gap in public and private spheres.

Out of 26 major cities in Canada, Barrie, Ontario ranked the worst city to be a woman in 2019

*The Best and Worst Places to be a Woman in Canada 2019 Katherine Scott – Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives*.  Click Here

Born out of this report, the Women’s and Children’s Shelter of Barrie submitted to Women and Gender Equality Canada a proposal for the creation of the Women’s Advocacy Council. In the fall of 2019 the forming of the Women’s Advocacy started to form.

Our Goal

To advocate for advancement, increase opportunities, equality and freedoms for all women and girls through social movement, awareness and democratic activism. To lead initiatives to close the gender gaps of women and girls in the Barrie and surrounding areas. The Council will advocate for measurable, sustainable and positive changes in the status of women in Ontario.

Meet the Team

Teresa MacLennan

Executive Director

Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie

Sarah Cunningham

Project Coordinator

Women’s Advocacy Council

Read Bio

Katie Taylor

Development Manager

Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie

Women’s Advocacy Council

Sara Tuck

Georgian College

Read Bio

Shelly Skinner

Founder

Uplift Black 

Read Bio

Kaela Affrunti

Indigenous Bail Supervisor

Barrie Native Friendship Centre

Read Bio

Isabelle Desfossés

Le Centre Colibri, Centre des femmes francophones du Comté de Simcoe

Read Bio

Charlene Scime

Principal

Simcoe County District School Board

Read Bio

Joanne Bullock

Executive Board Member

Business and Professional Women of Barrie

Read Bio

Kellie Leeder

Women’s Health Coordinator

Gilbert Centre for Social and Support Services

Read Bio

Tami Tarini

Director of Service Excellence and Innovation

Independent Living Services of Simcoe County and Area

Read Bio

Lisa Harripersad

RSW, MSW

Simcoe County District School Board

Read Bio

Ann-Marie Kungl

Read Bio

Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux

Vice Provost for Indigenous Initiatives

Lakehead University

Read Bio

Debbie Opoku-Mulder

Registered Psychotherapist

Read Bio

Our Funders

 

This project has been funded by

Let’s Get Social

Facebook

 

Join Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Chair on Truth and Reconciliation of Lakehead University

Missing Children: What Does This Mean for Canada?
To register: lakeheadu.zoom.us/.../tJMlcO6oqDIrHtwrex8Uh3cgVG3...Lakehead University's Office of Indigenous Initiatives invites you to join for an interactive session!

Missing Children: What Does This Mean for Canada?

To register: lakeheadu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMlcO6oqDIrHtwrex8Uh3cgVG36D8Qj-NNo?fbclid=IwAR1zVvhF9pbATjwN...
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

The Women’s Advocacy Council is inviting you to take part in the development of our Gender Base Analysis for the Women's Advocacy Council, funded by the Women and Gender Equity of Canada.
The Purpose of this project and survey is to gain a deeper understanding to help us develop resources, programs, services and tool kits in the area of Leadership and Democratic participation for those living in Simcoe County and the Tri Council of First Nation of Rama, Georgian and Beausoleil First Nation.

You can access the survey here:
www.surveymonkey.com/r/TYFWJCL

Thank you, Merci et Miigwech for your participation and support!
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Interested in Manufacturing? Join Georgian College for their Virtual Job Fair Friday June 11, 2021 ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

The Barrie Native Friendship Centre has Orange Shirts available if you missed out last time.

The prices are as follows:
Adult sizes (Small - 3XL)
Non-Member Rate: $20.00
Member Rate: $15.00 for BNFC Members

Children sizes (XS - XL)
Non-Member Rate: $10.00
Member Rate: $5.00

Please note we are accepting CASH ONLY.
They are being sold on a first come, first serve basis. Regretfully, we are not allowing any holds at time as we have limited quantities available.

The BNFC is not currently open to the public however we will be accepting sales today from 10:00am - 12:00pm and from 1:00pm - 4:00pm.
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

📣The Women & Children's Shelter of Barrie has a NEW Show!
Educate, Inform, Challenge 🎬
We will use this new platform to learn and share the importance of the female perspective. Topics will include gender equity, violence/harassment, leadership and safety in our community. These transparent conversations will help understand the experiences of women.
youtu.be/gvTwWTzPWRg
Our first episode of Educate, Inform, Challenge is with our Women's Advocacy Council Coordinator own Sarah Cunningham. Join us for this very special episode as we discuss National Indigenous History month and learn and grow in your Indigenous knowledge.
Thank you ROGERS tv Barrie for this incredible partnership and opportunity! 🎥❣️
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Twitter

 

**Make your voice heard**
The Advocacy Centre for the Elderly & Ontario Courts Accessibility Committee have a survey for court users with disabilities to gather info on state of accessibility in Ontario courts (deadline is Sept. 30, 2021): https://surveymonkey.com/r/OCACSurveyEN

Pls R/T

Workplace sexual harassment can undermine a victim’s sense of personal dignity, prevent them from earning a living, and has the potential to escalate into violent behaviour. Know your rights and your employer’s responsibilities: http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/sexual-harassment-employment-fact-sheet #SHAW

We are inviting you to take part in our survey. Open to residences of Simcoe County, Rama, Georgian and Beausoleil First Nation
You can access the survey here:
http://ow.ly/Ab5R50F6EIR
Thank you, Merci et Miigwech for your participation and support!

Educate, Inform, Challenge - Sarah Cunningham - Indigenous Month Pt.1 | ... https://youtu.be/gvTwWTzPWRg via @YouTube Thank you Rogers TV Barrie

#Barrie - Inviting you to join @activistshelly @political_Jenn & I Sunday at 3pm. We will share the benefits of getting involved at the municipal level. #kunglcares @BPWBarrie @women_advocacy @BPWOntario #womensupportingwomen Register (free) https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYrd-2oqDgjHtbgXpsOBf5-1Gk2lxvjCE_j

Load More...

Get Updates

Sign up for our newsletter to get updates on events, resources and changes we've made in our community.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Women & Children's Shelter of Barrie, 115 Edgehill Dr. , Barrie, ON, L4N 1L9, http://barrieshelter.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Women & Children's Shelter of Barrie, 115 Edgehill Dr. , Barrie, ON, L4N 1L9, http://barrieshelter.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Contact Us

 

Sarah Cunningham
Women’s Advocacy Council Coordinator
705-229-9878
sarah@barrieshelter.com

 

 

Women’s Advocacy Council
advocacy@barrieshelter.com

 

Our Sponsors

NEED HELP? CALL:

705-728-2544