During the month of March, we celebrate Women’s History month and acknowledge the contributions and the impact that women around the world have made in history and today. This year the theme is “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope” and is a time to honour the ceaseless work of the caregivers and frontline workers during the pandemic, along with recognize how women throughout history have provided healing and hope within their communities.
WINDSOR, ON – Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST) is pleased to share that TD Bank Group (TD) has made a $20,000 donation to support programs for newcomer women in our community. This funding will enable WEST to offer newcomer women access to tools and training that will result in building skills and confidence leading towards financial empowerment.
Specifically, the funding will support WEST’s Financial Security through Networking, Mentoring and Training Project, which provides opportunities for newcomer women to attend Financial Literacy and Rent Smart Courses, Networking Training and Events, and Mentoring sessions with local entrepreneurs and leaders in the Windsor-Essex community.
A portion of the funding will also support WEST’s annual International Women’s Day Gala and Journey Towards Success Awards on Tuesday, March 8th, 2022 with Keynote Speaker Dr. Beverly Jacobs of the Mohawk Nation of the Haudenosaunee, Confederacy, Bear Clan and Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs and Outreach for the University of Windsor. The gala will be broadcast virtually with Zoom networking at 5:30 pm and the Program starting at 6:00pm. This annual community building event which brings together people from all over Windsor Essex to honour amazing women living their best lives with over four hundred people joining in to support the pursuit of gender equality, inclusion, and the value of diversity.
“WEST is delighted about the opportunity to work with TD. This funding will help us expand our efforts to support economic inclusion and financial security of newcomer women,” says Rose Anguiano Hurst, Executive Director for WEST Inc. “We are confident that together with TD, we can offer proven programming that will result in building skills and confidence leading to opportunities for participants to become more financially empowered.”
“At TD, we are committed to creating conditions where everyone has the tools and resources they need to succeed in a changing world and feel confident in what their future holds,” says TD District Leader Johanna Tedesco. “Partnering with organizations such as WEST is one of the ways we work toward this goal, right here in Windsor.”
Welcome to Fall!
Time to enjoy warm apple cider, the beautiful colours that Mother Nature has surrounded us with and grab your favourite fall sweater. This season is also a wonderful time to reflect on what we are thankful for and the simple things, that bring joy to our lives.
Welcome to WEST Inc.’s first edition of “The Shift”. A quarterly newsletter to share exciting news about events, programs and services at WEST. The Shift will also celebrate through story our clients, individuals and Community Partners working to create a stronger more inclusive Windsor-Essex.
Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. stands with everyone fighting against racism toward any and all people. We are saddened and angered by recent anti-Asian violence in the US and Canada. No one in Canada should feel unsafe because of who they are, the colour of their skin, or where their ancestors come from.
We stand with members of the Asian community and other disadvantaged communities We stand for unity, equality, and safety for all men, women, and children regardless of race, class, gender, nationality. As we continue to work diligently to assist disadvantaged women in the Windsor-Essex community, we shall continue to challenge racism and other forms of discrimination that exist in our community and are committed to working with our community for more inclusive representation in workplaces.
Although we often think of Canada as a beacon for multiculturalism, pervasive yet often covert racism is a part of the daily lives of our friends and colleagues and women we serve.
We join Canadians and Americans in acknowledging the pain felt due to racial violence and expressing the need for our communities to come together in solidarity to fight against racism and intolerance.
WEST demonstrates our commitment to inclusion through representation. Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. was incorporated in 1987 to improve the employability skills of severely-employment disadvantaged women in order to improve their employability in the workforce and or to further their education. Our Board of Directors, our staff and the participants we work with in our programs all represent the diversity seen across the world. WEST will continue to be a leader in the community and committed to fighting against racism and intolerance.
We all have a role to play in fighting back against anti-Asian racism.Together, we can and will make a difference to turn the tide of hatred. The following recommendations from Stop AAPI Hate (https://stopaapihate.org/) offers five ways to help if you witness hate, according to the organization:
- Take action: Approach the targeted person, introduce yourself and offer support.
- Actively listen: Ask before taking any actions and respect the other person’s wishes. Monitor the situation if needed.
- Ignore the attacker: Using your discretion, Stop AAPI Hate says to attempt to calm the situation by using your voice, body language or distractions.
- Accompany: If the situation escalates, invite the targeted person to join you in leaving the area.
- Offer emotional support: Help the other person by asking how they’re feeling and assist them in figuring out what they want to do next.
Please report all incidents to 911 and the Canadian Human Rights Commision at https://www.chrc-ccdp.gc.ca/
Please click the button below to view and download WEST’s 33rd Annual General Meeting – Annual Report 2020 (PDF).
Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. stands with everyone fighting anti-Black racism. We are all saddened and angered by recent anti-Black violence in the US and Canada.
We agree that as a community we can no longer sit idle, so we stand with members of the Black community and other disadvantaged communities, we stand with those fighting anti-Black racism. We stand for unity, equality, and safety for all men, women, and children regardless of race, class, gender, nationality. As we continue to work diligently to assist disadvantaged women in the Windsor-Essex community, we shall continue to challenge anti-Black racism and other forms of discrimination that exist in our community as we remain committed to the fight for more inclusive representation in workplaces.
Although we often think of Canada as a beacon for multiculturalism, pervasive yet often covert racism is a part of the daily lives of our friends and colleagues and women we serve. We join Canada in acknowledging the pain felt due to racial violence and expressing the need for our community to come together in solidarity to fight against racism and intolerance.
WEST demonstrates our commitment to inclusion through representation. Our Board of Directors, our staff and the participants we work with in our programs all represent the diversity seen across world. We work daily towards fighting for equality by promoting inclusive representation in workplaces across the community. WEST will continue to be a leader in the community and committed to fighting against racism and intolerance. Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. was incorporated in 1987 to improve the employability skills of
severely-employment disadvantaged women in order to improve their employability in the workforce and or to further their education.
Educational anti-Black racism resources:
- Anti-Racist Resource Guide https://tinyurl.com/antiracistresourceguide
- Dr. Charmaine Nelson of McGill University (booklist here https://www.mcgill.ca/ahcs/people-contacts/faculty/nelson),
- Kathy Hogarth at U of waterloo (https://uwaterloo.ca/renison/people-profiles/kathy-hogarth)
- artist Camille Turner (http://camilleturner.com/press/)
- phd candidate Natasha Henry working on her dissertation “dissertation, One Too Many: The Enslavement of Africans in Early Ontario, 1760 – 1834”
- Excellent resource list here
- For additional ways to take action, please see this resource list from #BlackLivesMatter.
Message from Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc.
Please be advised that WEST management is staying up to date on the COVID-19 pandemic and connecting with resources to assist in the development of policy and protocol for the organization. Therefore, in order to be responsive and continue our work to create a safe and healthy work environment for staff, volunteers and clients, Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST) will be modifying our services.
There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windsor, Ontario and there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at WEST. Should you become aware of someone with COVID-19, please provide this information to management in writing immediately.
The following modifications will be effective Monday March 16th, 2020, until further notice.
- All in-person client-based services will be temporarily suspended (our continuity of services plan includes instructors will connect with participants and provide assisgnments via phone, email, WhatsApp, or similar resources).
- Language Classes and CNC will be closed during the March Break, as planned and a two-week extension will be put in place until Monday April 6, 2020. We will continue to monitor the directions and/ or guidelines of municipal, provincial and federal health authorities, as well as school boards.
- Instructors and CNC staff will required report to work, as regularly planned on Monday March 23, 2020. Should there be changes staff will be notified. Please ensure that your coordinator has your contact information.
- Volunteer activities will be suspended temporarily, to reduce the number of individuals accessing the building.
- Off-site activities will be suspended temporarily until Monday April 6, 2020.
- In agreement with the recommendation to avoid crowds and/ or gathering of 250 people or less, therefore WEST staff are still expected to report to work as planned, until further notice. The office will only be open to staff.
- Signage will be updated and walk-in clients will be notified via signage and directed to the appropriate person to call for service.
Please read the additional information below:
With the upcoming March Break, individuals should check the Government of Canada travel advisories for up to date information on area impacted by the COVID-19 (travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories).
All staff is asked to monitor themselves and self-isolate (do not come to work) for any of the following reasons
- If you are not feeling well
- If you have travelled to areas currently under travel advisories that include but not limited to; China, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, or South Korea, or spent time in an area with infection rates (such as; France, Germany, New York, Washington State, California, etc.)
The best way to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses including COVID-19 is to practise the following:
- Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water, or alcohol based hand-sanitizer (min of 70% level of alcohol).
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing, or sneezing; if you do not have a tissue, then sneeze or cough into your sleeve, or arm.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces regularly
- Office cleaning through our janitorial services has been increased to sanitizing door knobs and surfaces twice a week.
- Stay home until symptoms resolve.
If you have any questions, please let us know. WEST will continue to monitor and stay up-to date on the Coronavirus and are working to ensure that we maintaining a safe and healthy work environment for our staff, volunteers and clients.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Rose Anguiano Hurst, WEST Executive Director