Kiwanis Luncheon - Circle K – Angie Kelly - Interval House

12:00 at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club

A great presentation by Angie Kelly from Interval House Ottawa which provides shelter for woman and children living with abuse.

Founded in 1973, as Canada’s first center, Interval House takes a holistic approach to helping women and children leave abuse behind and start new lives, free of violence. They hold the dignity of their residents and clients in high importance. Everyone deserves a life of peace and safety and their goal is to help break the cycle of violence.

We were shocked to hear that a woman is killed by an abuser every 5 days in Canada, and 70% of woman in Ontario are in an abusive relationship right now. Abuse can be verbal, physical, emotional, financial, sexual and now cyber bullying, all based on the abuser asserting control. This has serious long-term affects on the children. Interval House offers accommodation as well as counselling and a 24-hour crisis line, and they are at full capacity with 200-300 women per year, turning away 800 women per year. They are only partially funded and hold fundraisers and seek donations. Men are encouraged to become aware and talk about it. More information can be found at Interval House Ottawa.

The Circle K students who hosted the meeting did a great job running the agenda. Georgie Adams was very clear as the Chair. The Heart of the City Piano program teachers played a few pieces on the piano and we can see why this program is doing well.

For more about the Heart of the City Piano program see the script that was presented at the luncheon. This was a program initiated with our club’s help as we applied for the $25,000 grant from the Trillium Foundation.

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