Comox Valley Girls’ Group facilitation team looks forward to working with young Comox Valley residents. Photo supplied.

Comox Valley Girls’ Group gets funding boost

Canadian Women’s Foundation awards CVGG $15,000 to support several new initiatives

The Comox Valley Girls’ Group just got a boost from the Canadian Women’s Foundation that will help better prepare girls to become future leaders in our community.

CV Girls’ Group is a free, Comox Valley Transition Society (CVTS)-run program designed to increase girls’ positive connection to community, to develop critical thinking skills especially regarding media literacy, and to increase self-confidence. In August, CVTS received news that the program had been awarded $15,000 from the Canadian Women’s Foundation to support several new initiatives, including expanding the program to include a new age group (girls 10/11 years of age), and to incorporate a focus on women in leadership.

“Our ultimate goal is to help create a climate where girls feel empowered to become leaders and create change in the community and beyond,” said Wendy Morin, CV Girls’ Group co-ordinator, facilitator and trainer, and Courtenay city councillor. “We know that by the age of 11 or 12, girls have already been significantly impacted by barriers related to their gender, race and socio-economic status. We also know that less than 20 per cent of political and corporate leaders are women. It is our hope that the program will help participants believe they have a voice and can aspire to become these leaders.”

The Canadian Women’s Foundation grant funding program is a competitive process.

“We feel particularly grateful to receive this funding. This year, there were over 130 applicants from across the country, and only 27 programs were selected for funding,” said Anne Davis, CVTS program co-ordinator. “The fact that we received this support speaks volumes to the quality of the program.”

Due to COVID-19, all Girls’ Group sessions are being offered via Zoom, at least for the start of the fall programming. CVTS is able to provide technical solutions to those girls who may not have access to equipment. For more information about CV Girls Group or to register, visit www.cvgirlsgroup.ca

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