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Black Dress Gala 2024

Each year, Archway Society for Domestic Peace works extremely hard to provide a wide range of supportive services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in the North Okanagan community. On May 25, 2024, we’re excited to finally bring back the Black Dress Gala Fundraiser to help us with this mission.

This will be the first time this event has been held since 2019 and we are thrilled to bring it back to the community! As one of Vernon’s most popular events we know with your help we can make this our most impactful fundraiser yet!

Archway Society has been hosting this event for over eight years. This year, we’ve made a few updates, including a new venue and date. As you are aware, costs have increased exponentially since 2019, meaning support from local businesses is more important to us than ever before. A successful event will ensure that we can continue supporting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Through community programs, we can provide accessible and free counselling for women, children and families, outreach services for women in rural areas, victim support through the justice system and advocacy services for children and youth who have been abused or neglected.

This glamorous ladies night event is being held at the Coldstream Community Hall. An evening of extraordinary women, style and celebration! Archway Society for Domestic Peace is pleased to be hosting the 9th annual Black Dress Gala fundraiser.

The evening will begin with a welcome beverage as you take in the glitz and glamour of the brand-new Coldstream Community Hall. Guests will enjoy a delicious dinner catered by the locally owned, award-winning Gumtree Catering. There will be an amazing Live auction as well as a raffle to win incredible prizes!  Then we will dance the night away with one of the Okanagan’s only female DJ’s – Sunset Sound Escapade DJ!

Proceeds from this event will go towards Archway Society’s community programs, supporting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. All funds stay in the North Okanagan and directly support Archway’s work with women, children and families.

For more information about the event, please visit our Black Dress Gala page.

Creatrix Rising RSVP

Creatrix Rising – Exploring Stories through Art – Art Show

RSVP is only required for Opening Night

Archway Society for Domestic Peace started an art project called Creatrix Rising in fall 2023, this initiative offers a series of art workshops and an art exhibit for women who are survivors of domestic and sexual violence to participate and grow in. Participants have the chance to express themselves through various art forms, to heal and explore their stories through art. Workshops in clay molding, acrylic, poetry, water colour, voice expression and more have brought the creatrix out in each women. Creatrix Rising was launched because women in Archway programs asking for an opportunity to share their art and grow as artists and because we desire to offer the power art has in the journey to healing. We have already begun to see the impact their art expressions have had on them and it is powerful.

The Creatrix Rising Art Show runs March 5 to 14 – Caetani Centre at 3401 Pleasant Valley Rd in Vernon,

Opening Night event on Friday, March 8 (International Women’s Day) from 5 – 8 pm.

Exhibit open for free viewing the following dates:

  • Tuesday, March 5 – 12 – 3pm
  • Wednesday, March 6 – 12 – 3pm
  • Thursday, March 7 – 12-3 pm
  • Opening Night: Friday, March 8 – 5-8 pm – this is the only night where an RSVP is required.
  • Saturday, March 9 – 1 – 3pm
  • Monday March 11 – 12 – 3pm & 5 – 7pm
  • Tuesday March 12 – 12 – 3pm & 5 – 7pm
  • Wednesday March 13 – 12 – 3pm & 5 – 7pm
  • Thursday, March 14 – 12 – 3pm

The Opening Night event will be an opportunity for the women to feel celebrated and for those visiting the exhibit engage and reflect on how they have presented their stories.  RSVP’s are required (for this date only) no later than March 3.

You are invited to join us at this come-and-go opening on March 8. You’ll be treated to appetizers, a complimentary beverage and to join these amazing artists in Exploring Stories through Art.

If you would like to attend our Opening Night event, please RSVP here.  (by March 3). Inquiries can be sent to volunteer@archwaysociety.ca

This Art Exhibit and journey of healing could not have been done without the generosity of our Funders;

– UBCO through PRE Fund (Partnership, Recognition and Exploration fund)
– Vernon & District immigrant & Community Services from the Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program Research Partnership
– Vernon Alliance Community Initiative fund
– Vernon Elks #45

and our Workshop Partners;

– Vernon Community Arts Centre
– Opus Art Supplies
– Nadine’s Fine Art & Framing
– Caetani House

Our Artist Mentors;

– Alessandra Woodward
– Juve Furtado
– Asana Hughes
– Rosie Enzing
– Carla Peters
– Auroara Leigh

our Volunteer Committee Members;

– Alessandra Woodward
– Asana Hughes
– Angie Ioakimidou
– Sue Rooks
– Brigitte Stass

Exhibit Sponsors:

– Caetani Centre
– Gum tree Catering
– Farming Karma Fruit Co.

Other Volunteers:

– Maliya Canty
– Bonnie Cameron
– Isabel Furtado
– Donna Carlson


Heart of the Holidays in Village Green Shopping Centre

The holidays are meant to be the most wonderful time of the year, but we know that for women and children experiencing domestic abuse it is far from this and can be a frightening and isolating time. Come see us in Village Green Shopping Centre at our Heart of the Holidays booth and find out the different ways that you can support Archway Society and the women and families that we’ve helped, and are helping.
Monetary donations are always welcome, you can buy a raffle ticket for a luxury hardwood dog crate from Hope Springs FURniture, purchase one of our wonderful tote bags, learn more about our seventeen programs we offer or about becoming a volunteer!
We couldn’t do it without our 2023 Booth sponsors! a big shout out to Lake City Casinos, SilverRock Land Corp and World Health and Fitness


Tim Hortons Holiday Smile Cookie Fundraiser

For more than 25 years, Tim Hortons guests have come to know and love Tim Hortons annual Smile Cookie campaign. Now, to celebrate the gift of kindness and to help make a difference this holiday season, Tim Hortons is launching its first-ever National Holiday Smile Cookie Campaign.

From November 13 – 19, 2023, 100 percent of proceeds from each Holiday Smile Cookie sold will be donated to local charities and community groups across Canada. The campaign was created to give guests an opportunity to give back this holiday season and help to continue making a difference in their communities.  This year, we are so very excited to announce that Archway Society for Domestic Peace has been selected by the five local Vernon Tim Hortons as a recipient of this fundraiser. Guests can visit a local Vernon Tim Hortons starting November 13 and purchase a Holiday Smile Cookie for $1.50, and help give back to our community this holiday season.

50% of your purchase of Holiday Smile Cookies goes to Archway Society For Domestic Peace to support survivors of domestic and sexual violence in the North Okanagan
And 50% goes to Tim Horton’s Foundation Summer Camps.

The Tim Hortons Holiday Smile Cookie has a base of white chocolate sugar cookie, infused with red and green sprinkles, all while being adorned with white icing to form the iconic Smile Cookie smile.

Cookies are also available by pre-order with a minimum order of 12 cookies at 3 Vernon locations;  5205 25 Ave.(Okanagan Landing), 2501 58 Ave (Walmart), and 3510 27 St (next to Co-Op Gas).  Click here to download your Holiday Smile Cookie Pre-Order Form and drop off or email to one of the three locations listed on the form.  Bulk orders require a minimum of 24 hours notice, before the cookies can be picked up and payment is due upon pick up.

We hope you’ll share this sweet offer with friends and family and share the goodness at work too! If you have any questions, contact Monica at engagement@archwaysociety.ca

2023 Annual General Meeting

Our Board of Directors cordially invites you to attend our Annual General Meeting on:

Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Okanagan Regional Library, main floor meeting room
2800 – 30 Avenue, Vernon

Please join us as we reflect on this past year’s successes and challenges. A reception with appetizers and beverages will commence at 5:00 pm followed by the business meeting at 5:30 pm.

We are pleased to welcome guest speaker, Superintendent Shawna Baher of the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Detachment. Please see attached invitation for all of the details.

Kindly RSVP to adminassist@archwaysociety.ca by Monday, June 19, 2023.  Once you have confirmed your attendance, we will send you the AGM agenda and booklet via email.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!

International Women’s Day 2023

A feature blog by Micki Materi Co-Ed of Programs.

Happy International Women’s Day!
Nellie McClung once said,” We must remember the past to understand the present and face the future”

We must look back to the beginning of the 20th century to find the truth and strength of International Women’s Day. In the midst of social turbulence, IWD was born in the hearts of women who persevered through strikes, fights and demonstrations for the right to vote , fair wages and decent working conditions. In North America we commemorate IWD because of two major events. The general strike in the New York Garment district in 1909 where 30,000 women organized, striked, and unionized. The other event was the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire on March 25th, 1911 which took the lives of 175 women and children. These events were caused by appalling working conditions and slave wages.

It’s a day to celebrate our achievements, to reflect on the progress we have made and to commit and dedicate ourselves to the continued work ahead. We must understand that progress has only been achieved by women standing together in solidarity and sisterhood. We must always remember that the rights we take for granted today were fought long and hard for by women whose only goal was to make the world a better place for us, and we have a responsibility to continue the work for the people of tomorrow.
We have come a long way, but we still have a journey ahead. We have choices, we have reproductive rights, our earning capacity has increased, although we are still earning on average 75cents to every dollar a man earns.  Violence Against Women and Poverty are still the biggest barriers for women and the impact of these barriers are increased depending on your race, sexuality, gender identity, ability, and age. “We won’t achieve equality until we eliminate violence against women and we won’t eliminate violence against women until we achieve equality.” This is a quote from the Report of the Federal Panel on Violence Against Women in 1993. Poverty makes it difficult to leave an abusive relationship and poverty is often the result of leaving an abusive relationship.

Pursuing true equality means recognizing and meeting all peoples’ diverse needs.
We must focus on improving equality for those most marginalized in order to improve equality for all. which means we need to listen!
Larissa Crawford founder and Managing Editor of Future Ancestors shared her thoughts with FLARE magazine in 2020 regarding the need for International Women’s Day and these were her final thoughts :
“IWD must move beyond a mutual admiration congregation towards creating space to be critical of one another: to be critical of who holds privilege, who benefits from another’s oppression, who is complacent, who is not getting their due recognition. And there are many, many people who are advancing IWD exactly in that direction. The question then becomes, are we willing to listen?””
As Rosemary Brown once said “Until all of us have made it – none of us have made it.”

We must also be persistent and patient.

As someone who has been involved for 30 years in the advancement of women, I have experienced some of the progress, and yes, the process of change can be very slow, and in this day and age when we expect instant gratification and we need to express ourselves in 200 characters or use pictures or emojis, it might seem a little daunting. But I can tell you that it has been the journey that has solidified my absolute belief without a doubt in my mind 100 thousand percent that women are the strength of society, the true leaders that will create a future where everyone matters, where we all win, and where we will have a future free from violence.

I know this because, over the course of 30 years working with women has demonstrated our ability to be naturally inclusive, to question the status quo and to seek new ideas, to listen and respect other perspectives, Share knowledge. We naturally work from a perspective of power with rather than power over. We want to ensure that everyone feels okay. And we know that in order to achieve, we need to value the insights of everyone. We know that Collaborative leadership is the best way to ensure inclusivity. We know that if we want to make the world a better place then we need to do it –together. One woman can change anything – Many women can change everything.