LOCAL ACTION FOR GLOBAL CHANGE – COUNCILS FOR CARE CANADA BRING TOGETHER CANADIANS WHO SHARE A PASSION FOR EMPOWERING WOMEN AND HELPING TO FORGE A GENDER EQUAL FUTURE FOR ALL

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Councils for CARE Canada are diverse groups of passionate people who come together to raise awareness and support for CARE projects, while learning about the cause and sharing a sense of solidarity with the women and communities they are helping.

The movement started in 2011 and each council has its own unique feel, with their own initiatives, events and goals. Members volunteer their time and their expertise because they are passionate about empowering other women and girls.

The energetic awareness building and fundraising efforts of these volunteers are an invaluable asset for CARE Canada. Each council selects a CARE project and dedicates itself to learning (through guest speakers, book club and field travel), and raising awareness and funds for a 3-4 year period.

Currently the Vancouver Council has adopted the Women’s Voice and Leadership Project in Kenya and South Sudan which helps build stronger, more resilient women’s rights organizations that will be able to continue supporting and empowering women for years to come.

Why should I join a Council for CARE Canada?

You will have the opportunity to join, learn from, and work with like-minded women and men with diverse backgrounds who believe that supporting and empowering women in developing countries matters.

Since each council supports a specific program, you will learn how your efforts and donations have a direct impact through specific program updates from the field, direct connection with the women you are supporting and opportunities to learn from CARE’s staff and other experts.

What’s involved in being a Council member?

As a council member you’ll learn about CARE’s work and have the opportunity to engage others. By using your skills and engaging your networks you’ll help build awareness and raise funds for CARE’s work

Councils hold at least two meetings a year where the group will discuss objectives, pick a project to support, celebrate successes, and plan the activities the Council will undertake over the coming year. It’s also a chance to get to know your fellow Council members—women who share your interests in empowering women and girls and inspire others to get involved.

In addition to semi-annual business meetings, Councils also organize learning events, book clubs, and other initiatives that bring Council members together around their common interests.

The main fundraiser of the Vancouver Council is the annual Walk In Her Shoes event which takes place on March 8th—International Women’s Day. In past years members got together to walk in solidary with women and girls around the world. This year the event will be a virtual gathering, and will include a special speakers event on March 8th featuring one of the women’s rights leaders in Kenya.

Members make a financial donation based on individual ability to give, and are asked to invite their networks to help the movement grow.

Walk In Her Shoes event in Vancouver

You will have the opportunity to join various working committees within the Council based on your interests and skills.

Council Leadership

Vancouver

Kelsey Dunwoodie - Chair
Audrey Ple - Vice Chair
Joanne Gassman & Barbara Ross-Denroche - Past Chairs
Dr. Martha Piper & Laura Edwards - Founding Chairs

For more information, contact Danielle Semple at danielle.semple@care.ca

Toronto

Andrew Bentley - Co-Chair
Gail Black - Co-Chair

For more information, contact Sara Lewis at sara.lewis@care.ca