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Prevention of Violence Against Women Week

April 11-17, 2021 marks the annual Prevention of Violence Against Women Week in B.C. Since 1995, one week in April has been dedicated to this cause to express commitment to prevent, reduce and raise awareness about violence against women in our communities.

This past year, in the context of COVID-19, has been particularly challenging for front-line support workers who provide victims and survivors with vital information, referrals, emotional support, safety planning, counselling, outreach and other services.

Sources Trauma Counselling Program has remained open throughout the pandemic to support individuals in need with telephone and videoconferencing counselling sessions. We also provide multiple locations for women who may need a confidential space for counselling services, and continue to maintain counsellor coverage five days per week (Monday-Friday) at Women’s Place for crisis situations (fleeing imminent interpersonal violence, safety and security of women and children).

Crisis calls to Sources Trauma Counselling Program have risen by 36% since last year.

By making a donation, you can help survivors of abuse and/or violence on their journey to wellness. Your gift will help individuals experiencing trauma to receive professional and compassionate counselling.

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Media reports highlighted that the pandemic has led to an increase in domestic violence in B.C. since last Spring. In response, our Trauma Counselling Program launched a mental wellness telephone line for survivors of violence to access free and confidential resources and referrals. Also, we received a number of cellphones equipped with a data plan to provide a digital lifeline for those experiencing domestic abuse to access phone or virtual counselling.

We will continue to innovate. Demand for mental health supports has risen sharply and is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. While counselling can be covered by extended benefits, CVAP, ICBC and other specialized funding programs, many don’t have access to those financial supports. Through the generosity of community funders, we are able to offer no-cost counselling for those who cannot afford it, but those reserves are limited. Your donation can help someone in crisis to access professional and compassionate trauma counselling now. 
One trauma counselling session with a Registered Clinical Counsellor costs $130. Our past clients breathe more deeply and are pleased to find that they have more control over their lives. Donate now to ensure there is always space and resources for people who have experienced trauma, abuse and/or violence.

Thank you for joining us in commemorating Prevention of Violence Against Women Week and for supporting mental wellness for our community.

Long-term SOURCES sponsorship creates lasting friendships

As one of SOURCES’ longest-serving gala sponsors, the Hazelmere Golf and Country Club has become more like a family than a supporter over the past 20 years.

“It’s always a great experience to be with our friends at SOURCES and the gala is an annual event that the whole team looks forward to,” explains Frank Fourchalk, general manager for the West Coast Golf Group which owns the Hazelmere venue.  “We have a lot of long-term employees here and it’s nice when we have these events, year in and year out, because we can all look forward to working with everyone again.”

As the all-important gala venue sponsor, the Hazelmere Golf and Country Club plays a key role in the annual SOURCES gala – with Hazelmere staff getting involved in a new gala theme each year.  “It’s our time to shine and it makes us feel good in hosting the event,” says Fourchalk.  “It allows us to commit our support even more and it lets staff get really involved due to executing the event.”

Working side by side with SOURCES staff and contractors, Hazelmere staff function both behind the scenes and in front, helping to ensure that the gala is a success.  “We have so much familiarity and short-hand between the two teams which really helps us to adapt to what happened with COVID-19 – we had to do what we never thought we would have to do and it seemed like every two minutes we were pivoting and making adjustments,” notes Fourchalk.

This year, due to the pandemic, the SOURCES gala was first postponed from spring until fall and then, eventually, hosted virtually with SOURCES volunteers delivering the dinner meal, prepared by Hazelmere’s chef, directly to gala attendees.

The year 2022 will be Hazelmere’s 60th anniversary and, having been part of the community for so long, Fourchalk says he has seen the benefits of helping others first hand.  “The scope of services that SOURCES offers is incredible and why it’s important to support an agency that is local and doing great things for the community.”

You’re invited! Tune in to our virtual fundraiser

The Sources Foundation’s virtual fundraiser, Run for the Roses, which will be streamed online tonight (November 7, 2020) and everyone is invited to tune in! To view our Live Event, go to: https://sourcesfoundation.ca/gala/virtual-gala/

The show begins at 7:00 p.m. and will run for approximately 1.5 hours. Get your TV, laptop or mobile device ready at 6:30 p.m., go to the above link and enjoy live music by local artist Ben Dunnill before the show! Read More…