A local organization has launched a group for women in the southwest to meet, connect, and support each other through meaningful and fun experiences.  

The Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre started this program in November of last year, and have held activities such as Indigenous Beading, Basic Vehicle Maintenance Workshop, Pysanka Egg Decorating, and Henna Tattooing. 

They meet on the second Tuesday of every month and is open to women of all backgrounds. 

Rebecca Anderson, a community connections worker for the non-profit, said any woman above 16 can join. 

"It started with the idea of getting our newcomer women to network with women that have immigrated and been here for a long time, or women that have been here all their lives,” she explained. 

So far, they have been able to provide the program for free as most activities have been small and taken place at their downtown office. 

Anderson added that charging a small fee might be something they have to consider if they choose to hold a bigger event, but for now all it takes to sign up is filling out a form through the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre’s website or Facebook page.