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2023-24 Impact Report

Letters reading 2023 2024 Impact ReportWe are thrilled to announce the release of Archway Society for Domestic Peace’s Impact Report for 2023-2024. This comprehensive document highlights the significant strides we’ve made in supporting survivors and those impacted by domestic and sexual violence and fostering safer communities. We are incredibly proud of the impactful work detailed in this report and remain committed to making a positive difference in the lives of those we serve. Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our mission. Click here to read.

Women Come Together at Black Dress Gala

Over 270 women came together on May 25 for the 2024 Black Dress Gala presented by Nixon Wenger, held for the first time since 2019. The fundraiser, held at the Coldstream Community Hall, was a celebration of empowering women in the North Okanagan Community.
Thanks to the generous support of local sponsors, businesses who donated auction items and the individuals who attended the event, over $38,000 net was raised for Archway Society’s community programs, supporting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
“This funding will allow us to continue to provide community programs that allow for 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.” Says Sherry Demetrick, Co-Executive Director of Archway Society.
The Black Dress Organizing Committee would like to extend a thank you to all the event sponsors, as well as the volunteers who worked extremely hard to make the evening a success. “This event is a big undertaking, but it is truly an amazing night of women coming together to support, encourage, inspire, and learn from each other and most important, look out for one another.” adds Demetrick.

Key messages:
• Archway Society relies on the financial support of the community to carry out our mission, support our clients and create positive change in our community. They allow the Society to develop, implement and sustain the programs, which are all free and open to anyone who needs support.
• Donations and fundraising are a crucial part of how we can ensure long-term sustainability of our Society and allow us to plan for the future, expand our reach and scale for impact in our community.
• If you’re in an abusive relationship, the risk of lethal violence increases during or just after a woman has left an abusive partner, therefore planning for safety is critical. A personalized safety plan is a practical plan that includes ways to remain safe while in a relationship, planning to leave, or after you leave. Our trained staff can help in creating an individual safety plan.
• We want to ensure that no one who is experiencing violence lacks the resources or ability to be safe and to access our support. We can be privately and securely contacted via phone, email, and social media, and encourage anyone who wants information about their options, support or immediate help should reach out to us.

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