Leah LeBlanc

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Preventing Gender-Based Violence Means Starting at the Source

In recent years, social media discourse has started to shift the public conversation on sexual assault. Everyday, new posts go up reinforcing the idea that sexual violence is not a result of how a woman acts or dresses, but the actions of predators. However, despite societal changes that are starting to emphasize men’s culpability for …

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Unique Experiences of Male Survivors: A Lack of Visibility and Resources

Unique Experiences of Male Survivors: A Lack of Visibility and Resources

This Father’s Day, Shelter Movers Nova Scotia wishes to acknowledge some of the hardships that men face on the topic of abuse and intimate partner violence. It is important to note that women and girls are disproportionately affected by abuse and that the majority of our clients identify as female, however Shelter Movers mission is …

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Vancouver Gender-Based Violence Support Services with an Indigenous Focus

Making the decision to leave an abusive situation can be hard, but figuring out how to leave can be even harder. If you’re thinking of leaving an abusive relationship or know someone who needs help, there are local Indigenous-focused programs that can help. Check out the list below for free or low-cost assistance with housing, …

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Community Spotlight: SASC

Community Spotlight: Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region

Get to know our regional partner, Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) At Shelter Movers Waterloo Region, we work with a number of partner organizations to support families experiencing abuse throughout the region. One such partner organization is the Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC), whose mission is based on using an intersectional feminist approach to transform …

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NISA Homes Volunteers

Shelter Spotlight: Nisa Homes

Nisa Homes opened its first transition house seven years ago with a mission to “create the opportunity of ‘home’ for domestic abuse violence survivors across Canada.” A project of the National Zakat Foundation, the organization provides shelter to women and their children fleeing violence. [Zakat, meaning “to cleanse,” is one of the five pillars of …

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A Regional Housing Crisis

A Regional Housing Crisis

In the last several years, Waterloo Region has been one of the fastest growing regions in Ontario, largely due to the region offering residents a high quality of life and relatively low cost of living. However, as the region continues to grow exponentially, it’s becoming increasingly expensive and many residents are being priced out of …

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Dixon Transition House

Community Partner Spotlight: Dixon Transition Society

The story of Burnaby’s Dixon Transition Society begins nearly five decades ago, in 1973, when three women – all healthcare professionals – started a counselling program for parents with children in foster care. Those early group sessions held evenings around a kitchen table led to the creation of The Life Line Society, which opened Burnaby’s …

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Women's History Month

Women’s History Month: Celebrating the Trailblazers That Inspire Us

March marks International Women’s History Month, a month dedicated to celebrating women’s past and present accomplishments, and shining light on the challenges and obstacles women continue to face today. As a volunteer-based organization that provides moving and storage services at no cost to women and children experiencing abuse, we are dedicated to providing an environment …

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