This year, spear-headed by the ETFO Durham Occasional Teachers’ Local Equity Committee, we were able to access a $1,500 grant from ETFO Provincial to help build a strong link in our community with a focus on social justice and women’s equality.
After careful consideration, The Denise House was selected by the committee as an organization that would meet the ETFO criteria and would benefit from our assistance. The Denise House, located in Oshawa, provides a safe, supportive and inclusive environment to abused women and their children in Durham Region and strives to provide integrated, anti-racist, anti-oppression services to empower the diversity of all women to choose their own future. They also seek to educate the public at large about issues resulting from the abuse, oppression and discrimination of women and their children.
Over the winter break, 30 backpacks were purchased and filled with school supplies as well as a teddy bear donated by the White Feather Country Store. In addition, at the recommendation of the staff at The Denise House, pajamas were also purchased. The items were delivered to the Denise House on December 28th, 2015.
For more information about Denise House, check out their website at: