As we approach Canada’s 150th birthday, the staff, volunteers and clients at the Kelowna Women’s Shelter want to wish you a Happy Canada Day — but also recognize that the important milestone deserves some reflection.
Canada has grown a lot since Confederation in 1867.
During that time, women across the country earned the right to vote, go to university, get jobs and keep their pay.
For the first time ever, Canadian women were considered “persons” by law and elected to office, appointed as judges, and recruited to work with the RCMP.
Canadian women have served on the Senate, guided provinces as premiers and led the country itself as the Prime Minister of Canada.
This is in addition to our countless female inventors, scholars, scientists, artists, athletes, musicians and activists.
The list of female accomplishment in Canada is a long one and we are so proud of how far Canadian women have come, but there is still more work to be done.
Last year, 201 women and children came to the Kelowna Women’s Shelter to escape abuse.
More than 1,200 phone calls were made to our crisis hotline.
And nearly 15,000 meals were provided to women in need.
Perhaps when Canada celebrates its next major milestone birthday we will have moved beyond a place where women’s shelters are necessary.
Until then, we open our doors and our hearts to local women in need.
Thank you to all of those who support our services through time, energy and donations. Shelter clients appreciate your continued generosity.
Together, we make Kelowna and Canada a better place to be.
Have a safe and happy Canada Day!
-written by volunteer blogger, Jaimie Kehler