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Creatrix Rising Recap

After many months of Creatrix Rising workshops the artists finally got to see their work displayed so beautifully in the Exhibit, at Caetani Centre, and they were so proud of themselves. The main event on March 8, International Women’s Day,  brought in more than one hundred visitors to honour the women. It was a true celebration of each woman’s creativity, their accomplishments and journey. Eight artists contributed to the exhibit from clay work and poetry to acrylic and Encaustic paintings. Even though the exhibit wasn’t the main goal of the project, the ripple effects of sharing their art with the community has meant that more awareness has been raised about Archway Society and the work we do.

The true success of Creatrix Rising lies in the impact it had on the women who participated. Similar to peeling back the layers of an onion, at every turn of this project new ways could be seen as to how this art project was a benefit. Here are some comments from the participants; “Creatrix Rising has helped me in opening the door to the depth of creativity living inside of me. It has allowed me a much greater witnessing in myself, the surprise at how much more I have to offer than I ever realized”, “being a part of Creatrix Rising has challenged me to see my worth not only as an artist, but in my day to day life.”

Behind the scenes were so many great volunteers and partners that made it all possible. Hundreds of volunteer hours went into planning & coordination, into workshop offerings and the exhibit itself. The gifts from sponsors, partners and funders values a total of $13,715. This is so incredible and none of this could have been done without them. See below the list of all our amazing partners

I want to express gratitude to all Archway staff for contributing to the success of Creatrix Rising. Big thanks to Monica, for supporting the promotions and graphic design, Kim, for admin support, front line and program staff for promoting Creatrix Rising however you could with your clients, and Cyndie for graciously sharing the warrior women song as part of the opening celebration.

Additionally I thank everyone in the community for coming to view the exhibit.

Hears to hoping we can do this again,

Submitted by Cindy Klassen
Volunteer Program Coordinator

Creatrix Rising list of partnerships

List of 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
List of workshop Partners
– Vernon Community Arts Centre
– Opus Art Supplies – Kelowna
– Nadine’s Fine Art & Framing
– Caetani Centre
List of Artists
– Alessandra Woodward
– Juve Furtado
– Asana Hughes
– Rosie Enzing
– Carla Peters
– Auroara Leigh
Volunteer Committee Members
– Alessandra Woodward
– Asana Hughes
– Angie Ioakimidou
– Sue Rooks
– Brigitte Stass
Exhibit Sponsors
– Caetani Centre
– Gum tree Catering
– Karma Karming Fruit Co
– Bramble Bush
Other Volunteers
– Maliya Canty
– Bonnie Cameron
– Isabel Furtado
– Donna Carlson
– Susan Egan
– Ashley Cornwell
– Brooke Kuzyk
– Brangwen Mooney
– Jasmine Patrick
– Monica Vogler

 

 

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

Letter of Support for SD22 and SOGI Education

Sept. 19, 2023

 

Gen Acton Chair, Board of Education , School District 22 Vernon
1401 15th Street Vernon, BC V1T 8S8

Attention:   Chair Acton and Trustees

Archway Society For Domestic Peace supports sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) education within School District 22.  As an organization supporting victims of gender-based violence, we applaud your commitment to cultivating a safe and inclusive environment for all our students to feel valued, heard, and seen.

Gender-based violence exists because of the inequities that exist in our society which foster discrimination, disenfranchisement and marginalization.   Education is an essential tool as we work toward a just and equal society for everyone.  SOGI education, gender-affirming practices and the fostering of a safe and protective environment for youth in our schools is a good first step as we work together to foster a sense of belonging for everyone in our communities.

Archway Society for Domestic Peace appreciates the strong stand School District 22 has taken towards inclusion, diversity, and human rights.   We understand that a safe and inclusive community depends on the active participation of everyone.

Sincerely,

Micki Materi  – Co-Executive Director of Programs                   Sherry Demetrick – Co-Executive Director of Administration