2017 WOMAN OF MERIT NOMINATION FORM
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 WOMAN OF MERIT AWARD! The deadline for submissions is Friday March 3 2017. The Award is presented at our International Womens’ Day Luncheon. This year an award will be presented in Ear Falls and Red Lake.
Click here to download the form 2017 Woman of Merit Nomination
THE STEP IT UP COALITION - OPINION - JUNE 2014
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SCOTIABANK RED LAKE DONATES COLLECTED TOILETRIES
For the past six years during the month of March, Scotiabank in Red Lake has collected toiletries for the New Starts Women’s Shelter. The new toiletries (from hotel stays which have not been used), pajamas, slippers and toothbrushes collected from the public at the local branch are a welcomed donation to the shelter. Photo: New Starts Executive Director Kathy Campbell (at left) accepts the donation of toiletries from Scotiabank Manager Melissa Holliday.
NEW STARTS AND GOULD’S STRENGTHEN PARTNERSHIP
New Starts and Gould’s strengthen partnership
BY LINDSAY BRISCOE -The Northern Sun News
A partnership struck between New Starts for Women and Gould’s BrandSource Home Furnishings in Dryden close to a decade ago is ramping up this year.
Rhonda Ward, Gould’s Sales and Service Associate, says it’s mainly because the company is getting busier with deliveries to the Red Lake/Ear Falls area. So even though Gould’s has been offering the used furniture and appliance pick-up service locally for a while, Ward says she and Kathy Campbell, the Director of New Starts, decided they’d like to encourage more residents to take advantage of it.
The service means that if a purchase for new furniture or appliances is made with Gould’s, and the company delivers the items to the area, the delivery people will take away the same number of used items and deliver them to the women’s shelter free of charge.
“I did remind the delivery guys to go over the products and if there’s something in good use…we’re going to really start to push it for this year and upcoming years,” says Ward. “In a lot of cases, the items we remove are still in good condition. The customers are just upgrading for whatever reason.”
Campbell says the partnership works well for the women’s shelter too. The provincial funding that Ontario women used to be eligible for to assist them with purchasing new furnishings as they transitioned from the shelter to their own homes, was cut in January 2013.Since then, New Starts has been looking for more and more donations and has built a shed outside the building for drop-off.
Campbell adds the furniture and appliances are so important for the women and their families.
“These women have children and they’re trying to set up a family situation…They get into some of the bigger houses, especially ones in Ear Falls, and it’s so open and because there’s only a little bit of furniture – enough to get by – it echoes. It’s eerie almost. It has an institutional feeling – an emptiness,” she says.
“They’re trying to be comfortable. They’re trying to make their children comfortable. They want their children to bring friends home from school and if there’s no place to sit or play…there’s all of those things that come into play. It’s just giving women that sense of respect and dignity – that dignity that comes along with having your own home.”
Ward says anyone wishing to take advantage of this service should let a Gould’s employee know once they’ve made a purchase there – before the delivery people arrive.
All used items should be in good working order and condition. A refrigerator, for example, that no longer works ends up costing the shelter money to remove.