Our story begins with Janet MacDonald spearheading the effort to address the lack of services for women in violent relationships in 1986. We would like to acknowledge our Founding Mothers. It's because of your tireless efforts and advocacy that we are here today. Our Transition House officially opened it's doors in 1992, and the Boundary Women's Resource Centre opened in 1994. We have come a long way from our grass roots in 1986!
We now operate a six bed Transition House, the Boundary Women's Resource Centre and host two other programs; Women's Outreach, and Stopping the Violence Counselling. We have a dedicated Collective board and a dynamic staff of 18! We look forward to continuing our work with the women and children of the Boundary.
Boundary Women's Coalition is thankful for the long term support we have received from community members of all genders. Our organization has always felt welcomed and appreciated. Here are just three examples of community generosity: Before we had our first transition house, the local RCMP members (all male at the time) put on a fundraiser golf tournament and donated the funds to our fledgling organization. A retired former NHL hockey player organized volunteers to build us a shed to use for donated household items, which we did not have room to store otherwise. A group of guys from the BC Telephone Pioneers raised the money and built us a privacy fence at the back of the transition house. So much kindness over the years. So many men and women have volunteered their expertise, money, energy in countless ways over the years - and we are everlastingly grateful.
Our sincere thanks to the funders and BWC members whose contributions make our programs and services possible...