FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Community Bridge members were out spreading awareness of the biases women face as part of International Women’s Day.
Event organizer and women’s outreach coordinator for the organization, Stephanie Walsh, was joined by colleagues Anne Gauvreau and Liane McNeil at Totem Mall on Tuesday for IWD’s 2022 Break the Bias Campaign.
The campaign encourages people to call out gender bias, discrimination, and stereotyping.
“What we’re trying to do is promote healthy women and break the stereotypical biases of the female gender and women’s roles in society,” Gauvreau said.
“We also promote women being in charge of their lives and being able to make decisions for themselves because they are the experts in their life. We really try to promote healthy women’s relationships and boundaries,” Gauvreau added.
Walsh says the organization celebrates IWD annually and that this year’s event saw a great turnout.
“In the past at Community Bridge, we’ve done an open house. This year we decided to go with Totem Mall, which we’re very thankful for. Just with the high traffic, it’s been a great turnout so far,” Walsh said.
The organization was also educating the public of the various programs they facilitate to help support women in the community, including women’s outreach, RCMP victim services, the women’s transition house, and women’s counselling.
“I counsel women who have been in power, the victims of power-based crimes, so that’s domestic abuse, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, and childhood trauma, and that’s our free program,” Gauvreau explained.
Walsh also explained her role as a women’s outreach coordinator.
“Women’s outreach is for women that have experienced abuse, whether it be emotional or physical. I basically educate them in the cycle of abuse, the honeymoon stage, and I also do debriefing and work with stress levels and self-confidence,” Walsh explained.
The organization also runs a transition house for women and children leaving abusive situations that’s open 24/7.
Those in need of support can reach the Community Bridge office at 250-785-6021
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