The Halton Women’s Centre celebrating 25 years in the community is an “Angel of Hope” for many women who are in transition in Halton.
Melvina Walter designed the centre and skillfully, with the help of her staff and dedicated, talented volunteers, continues to offer peer counseling, support groups, employment programs, legal services, coaches, courses, workshops and social groups providing an opportunity for women to learn, grow and recognize their own strength and abilities.
The Women’s Centre has the belief that each woman who comes through their door is important and unique, able to discover their true potential. Non-judgmental, safe, confidential with caring staff and volunteers, the centre draws women who are striving for a better life for themselves, both in the community and for their families. Located on the second floor at 1515 Rebecca Street in Oakville, the centre invites you to visit to find a safe haven, become a member, volunteer or to make a donation. Visit their website at www.haltonwomenscentre.org or call Melvina Walter at 905-847-9104.
Fundraising events are a welcome part of The Women’s Centre’s daily life! An exciting 3rd party fund raising evening, with The Women’s Centre receiving the proceeds, was the breath-taking “No Vacancy Dream State” inaugural art event held at The Waterfront Hotel in downtown Burlington along the shores of beautiful Lake Ontario. Curator Selina Jane Eckersall fashioned the charming evening featuring 10 artists… 10 dreams… and a one night display of extraordinary contemporary art. The event took over the entire lower level of the hotel with pop-up installations featuring the work of the 10 incredible artists who creatively transformed 10 hotel rooms into 10 uniquely imaginative experiences reminiscent of a dream. Patrons wandered through the hotel exploring the rooms and talking to the artists. It was like sleep-walking through a magical world of unbelievable creativity, differing only in that it was an experience to be remembered fondly the next day!
All ten artists had their own room and were free to interpret the theme in any way they wished through the use of sculpture, sound, projection, performance, fabric, paint and light without permanently altering anything in the room. Each room had its own feel based on the way the artist interpreted the theme and what they decided to draw upon for their inspiration. Patrons – and The Women’s Centre – were incredibly lucky to have such an amazing roster of talented artists secured for “Dream State”.
This event was truly unique because all of the artists work in their own genre and are at varying stages of their career. In fact, all ten were completely different from each other. The one thing they all have in common is a desire to support and nurture contemporary art in Burlington. This event was an exciting creative challenge for all of the artists. Some do not typically do installation art and others are used to doing long-term installations where their work stays in place for months. A social in the ballroom of the hotel was also a highlight as patrons enjoyed drinks, conversation, lively entertainment and a silent auction. To see full details of the artists, please visit: www.novacancyart.com
No Vacancy is a community-based arts organization dedicated to injecting the local art scene in Burlington/Halton with thought provoking, contemporary and exciting art in non-typical and unconventional ways. “Our goal is to make Burlington/Halton a viable place for artists to showcase their work, for patrons of the arts to enjoy unconventional installations, and for businesses to show their support of art in our city by sponsoring contemporary art events” says Curator Selina Jane Eckersall.
An evening to be remembered! The Halton Women’s Center and we, the patrons, extend our thanks for this incredible display of unique art and for the donation made to help the women of Halton who enjoy the opportunities made available to them at The Halton Women’s Center.