Eight women volunteers staff a rape crisis line at the University of Guelph.
A small basement apartment is donated by TOC-H, a charitable Toronto organization, for a shelter. Operation is funded by Canada Works and fundraising efforts.The Public Education and Fund Raising Committees became active. Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis moves to a small bungalow with room for 6 women and children.Later in the same year G-W Women in Crisis moved to a two-storey house with room for 12 women and children to stay at one time. The Sexual Assault Committee is formed. (Renamed to Women Against Sexual Assault in 1983 and then to the Sexual Assault Centre in 1987).G-W Women in Crisis receives a $9000 federal grant for summer project to promote public education about woman abuse. 7 bedroom house to become G-W Women in Crisis shelter is purchased with financial assistance from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Rural Women’s Shelter Program begins operation in Erin.
Marianne’s Place is expanded from 12 to 18 beds.
Rural Women’s Shelter Program in Fergus begins operation.
G-W Women in Crisis organizes the first “Take Back the Night” march.
Rural Women’s Shelter Program opens an office in Arthur.
Facilitated groups in the county and city for sexual assault, incest and/or abused women and/or teens are launched.Family Violence Prevention Month is declared in Guelph.Strategic Planning Committee is created, completes an organizational review and continues as the Implementation Committee.The Basis of Unity is finalized (Revised in 1991 to include children). Say No to Violence Program becomes operational in the Fergus area.
The agency begins work on the Safe City Campaign focused on the implementation of municipal strategies for preventing violence against women and children. Women in Crisis host the Federal Panel on Violence Against Women and Children.On January 21, 1992, Marianne Goulden is murdered. A private memorial service for WIC staff is held on June 28, 1992.The Shelter moves to a brand new facility and is named Marianne’s Place.Rural Women’s Shelter Program begins in Rockwood. Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Care and Treatment Centre at Guelph General Hospital was opened.Grandview 24-hour, Canada-wide crisis line became operational.(Completed in 1997)Marianne’s Park is opened and dedicated to Marianne Goulden on December 6th, 1993. Sexual Assault Centre offers the first group for lesbians who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
First Fundraising Auction takes place.
Project H.O.W., a collaboration between Homewood, Onward Willow, and G-W Women in Crisis, is formed.“Ride Along” program is set up at the shelter for staff to go out on calls with police and do “on the job training” for police on violence against women. Sexual Assault Centre develops specialized group for women with multiplicity.Sexual Assault Centre celebrates its 20th anniversary. Transitional and Housing Support Program begins.
First Collective Agreement with CUPE Local 4393 signed.
Drayton office of Rural Women’s Support Program moves to Palmerston.
New Organizational Plan is presented with three major areas: Public Relations, Programs and Services and Finance.Transitional and Housing Support Program joins Wellington Dufferin Elder Abuse Community Consultation Team. Group for immigrant women at Community Health Centre is started by the Transitional and Housing Support Program.Action Committee on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence chaired by G-W Women in Crisis, receives funding from the Ministry of the Attorney General, to develop a community protocol on domestic violence. AO/AR committee determines that the values G-W Women in Crisis applies when working with women are: Respect, Self-determination, Empowerment, Integrity and Empathy. These values are integrated into the AR/AO feminist framework.Transitional and Housing Support Program receives increased funding to focus on supporting women to maintain housing. G-W Women in Crisis joins with Seniors Offering Support to organize a conference entitled “Sharing Expertise: Working Together to Address Abuse of Older Women” which was met with overwhelming praise for both content and presentation. Community Response Protocol for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence is signed by community partners December 6, 2005 and launched on January 18, 2006. “Remembering Women Murdered by Men: Memorials Across Canada”, a book compiled by the 5 members of the Cultural Memory Group is launched. Authors
include Women in Crisis Executive Director, Sly Castaldi.
3rd Collective Agreement is signed.G-W Women in Crisis celebrates its 30th anniversary!
G-W Women in Crisis Administration moves to 38 Elizabeth Street, thanks to funding received from MCSS in order to purchase new building.Rural Women’s Support Program opens new office in Fergus. Expansion is complete at 38 Elizabeth Street. Transitional and Housing Support Program and Sexual Assault Centre move in.Open House for 38 Elizabeth on November 24, 2009 welcomes the community to G-W Women in Crisis. G-W Women in Crisis receives the Attorney General’s “Victim Service Award of Distinction”.Executive Director Sly Castaldi is proud recipient of the “Women of Distinction” award, in the category of Public Service, for her work with Women in Crisis. Rural Women’s Support Program (RWSP) celebrates 25 years in the community.