North York Women's Shelter hosts fundraising gala

WhatsOn Oct 11, 2017 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

Nikki had recently arrived in Toronto to be with the man she had married through an arranged marriage in India when the abuse started.

She had met her husband, who was in Canada, briefly several times before they exchanged vows. The plan was for Nikki (not her real name) to be sponsored by her husband to Canada.

But shortly after arriving in her new country, Nikki found herself at North York Women’s Shelter (NYWS) in January 2015 after suffering physical, emotional, psychological, and financial abuse by her husband, she said.

“I moved across the world, I left a job, there was a lot of pressure to make (the marriage) work,” Nikki said. “North York Women’s Shelter gave me a second chance at life.”

She spent five months at the shelter and now lives on her own and recently completed a counselling program, adding she divorced her husband.

“The services are hugely needed in a city like Toronto,” she said of NYWS. “Every person there is committed to the idea of women having choices. It’s so empowering.”

Nikki is just one of 11,000 women who has been helped by the North York shelter since it opened in 1984.

NYWS will host a fundraising gala Thursday, Nov. 9 at Arcadian Court, 401 Bay St., to help build up programming when residents move into the new shelter building in spring 2019.

As the Mirror previously reported, the new NYWS will replace the old building at the Dufferin Street and Sheppard Avenue area site, which has been demolished.

The provincial government will provide up to $3 million in funding for this project, while the federal government contributed up to $5.8 million.

The new 21,000-square-foot building will include 30 beds in 16 bedrooms, along with offering fully accessible rooms, individualized counselling, group counselling, employment skills training, life coaching, and programming for children.

Beds that were in use in the old building were absorbed by its partners, and all residents were moved to sister violence-against-women shelters in the summer.

The gala will include entertainment, a documentary film starring residents of NYWS, and a silent auction.

For tickets or visit http://nyws.ca/gala/

North York Women's Shelter hosts fundraising gala

New building expected to open in spring 2019

WhatsOn Oct 11, 2017 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

Nikki had recently arrived in Toronto to be with the man she had married through an arranged marriage in India when the abuse started.

She had met her husband, who was in Canada, briefly several times before they exchanged vows. The plan was for Nikki (not her real name) to be sponsored by her husband to Canada.

But shortly after arriving in her new country, Nikki found herself at North York Women’s Shelter (NYWS) in January 2015 after suffering physical, emotional, psychological, and financial abuse by her husband, she said.

“I moved across the world, I left a job, there was a lot of pressure to make (the marriage) work,” Nikki said. “North York Women’s Shelter gave me a second chance at life.”

She spent five months at the shelter and now lives on her own and recently completed a counselling program, adding she divorced her husband.

“The services are hugely needed in a city like Toronto,” she said of NYWS. “Every person there is committed to the idea of women having choices. It’s so empowering.”

Nikki is just one of 11,000 women who has been helped by the North York shelter since it opened in 1984.

NYWS will host a fundraising gala Thursday, Nov. 9 at Arcadian Court, 401 Bay St., to help build up programming when residents move into the new shelter building in spring 2019.

As the Mirror previously reported, the new NYWS will replace the old building at the Dufferin Street and Sheppard Avenue area site, which has been demolished.

The provincial government will provide up to $3 million in funding for this project, while the federal government contributed up to $5.8 million.

The new 21,000-square-foot building will include 30 beds in 16 bedrooms, along with offering fully accessible rooms, individualized counselling, group counselling, employment skills training, life coaching, and programming for children.

Beds that were in use in the old building were absorbed by its partners, and all residents were moved to sister violence-against-women shelters in the summer.

The gala will include entertainment, a documentary film starring residents of NYWS, and a silent auction.

For tickets or visit http://nyws.ca/gala/

North York Women's Shelter hosts fundraising gala

New building expected to open in spring 2019

WhatsOn Oct 11, 2017 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

Nikki had recently arrived in Toronto to be with the man she had married through an arranged marriage in India when the abuse started.

She had met her husband, who was in Canada, briefly several times before they exchanged vows. The plan was for Nikki (not her real name) to be sponsored by her husband to Canada.

But shortly after arriving in her new country, Nikki found herself at North York Women’s Shelter (NYWS) in January 2015 after suffering physical, emotional, psychological, and financial abuse by her husband, she said.

“I moved across the world, I left a job, there was a lot of pressure to make (the marriage) work,” Nikki said. “North York Women’s Shelter gave me a second chance at life.”

She spent five months at the shelter and now lives on her own and recently completed a counselling program, adding she divorced her husband.

“The services are hugely needed in a city like Toronto,” she said of NYWS. “Every person there is committed to the idea of women having choices. It’s so empowering.”

Nikki is just one of 11,000 women who has been helped by the North York shelter since it opened in 1984.

NYWS will host a fundraising gala Thursday, Nov. 9 at Arcadian Court, 401 Bay St., to help build up programming when residents move into the new shelter building in spring 2019.

As the Mirror previously reported, the new NYWS will replace the old building at the Dufferin Street and Sheppard Avenue area site, which has been demolished.

The provincial government will provide up to $3 million in funding for this project, while the federal government contributed up to $5.8 million.

The new 21,000-square-foot building will include 30 beds in 16 bedrooms, along with offering fully accessible rooms, individualized counselling, group counselling, employment skills training, life coaching, and programming for children.

Beds that were in use in the old building were absorbed by its partners, and all residents were moved to sister violence-against-women shelters in the summer.

The gala will include entertainment, a documentary film starring residents of NYWS, and a silent auction.

For tickets or visit http://nyws.ca/gala/