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    • Yoga Course / Cours de Yoga

      This activity is free and open to AWC members. Non-members are encouraged to become members by applying here. / Cette activité est gratuite et ouverte aux membres de l'AWC. Les non-membres sont encouragés à devenir membre

    • Walking

      This walking activity usually takes place outside with our members. Exercise has several benefits, especially for seniors. It improves your muscular strength, joint mobility and endurance, all of which deteriorate with age. Also, It is a good opportunity to get together with your family, spend some quality time with them and to expose yourself to the sun, which is an excellent source of vitamin D. Unfortunately, considering the current pandemic situation, this activity is postponed until further notice. However, we strongly recommend you to take a walk outside or in a park, either alone or with your family members with their masks. This activity is free and open to AWC members. Non-members are encouraged to become members by applying here. / Cette activité est gratuite et ouverte aux membres de l'AWC. Les non-membres sont encouragés à devenir membre.

    • Sewing Classes

      This activity will take place instead of the yoga class due to the pandemic. This class will teach you sewing techniques or you can also share your techniques with other members. We are going to suggest several projects such as mask fabrication. This way, you will be able to offer masks to your family and friends. The organization will also have the chance to provide essential workers in the community. This activity is free and open to AWC members. Non-members are encouraged to become members by applying here. / Cette activité est gratuite et ouverte aux membres de l'AWC. Les non-membres sont encouragés à devenir membre.

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    • l’infolettre de Novembre

      Introduction Bienvenue à notre infolettre de novembre ! À l'approche des fêtes de fin d'année, notre centre continue de travailler à pleine capacité sur plusieurs projets en essayant de préparer nos aînés vulnérables au COVID-19 pour l’arrivée de l’hiver. Nous travaillons à distance à la création de nouveaux partenariats afin d’assurer notre service de livraison de nourriture pour les personnes âgées et en fournissant des services intermédiaires tout en aidant les participants avec nos cours hebdomadaires. Nouveaux partenariats: Notre service de livraison de nourriture s'est poursuivi en novembre et nous avons livré à plus de 50 personnes âgées vulnérables avec 4 cuisines autour de Montréal qui leur préparent des repas. Nous avons travaillé collectivement avec la communauté iranienne pour servir un mélange de nourriture afghane et iranienne alors qu'ils participaient à la livraison. Nous avons lancé ce service pour rassembler les gens et aider notre communauté. Ce service est au cœur de notre mission ici à l'AWCM car nous travaillons dur pour le développer car il fournit un soutien direct et individuel à ceux qui nous entourent. Cette initiative est un pont entre les générations et les communautés, nos femmes âgées passent leur dimanche à cuisiner pour leurs homologues vulnérables, indépendamment de leur origine ethnique et de leur milieu. Nos plus jeunes bénévoles livrent ensuite la nourriture à des maisons partout à Montréal. Nous sommes fiers de notre communauté qui, collectivement, travaille à rendre cette pandémie plus facile pour tout le monde. Nous invitons d'autres communautés et organisations à prendre part à cette livraison de nourriture. Si vous connaissez des personnes âgées vulnérables de plus de 55 ans qui éprouvent des difficultés, n'hésitez pas à les diriger vers ce service en nous contactant à l'adresse info@awcm.ca. Réunion du conseil Notre conseil s'est réuni pour la première fois ce mois-ci. Il travaille à établir une nouvelle façon de gérer un conseil. Son premier ordre du jour sera d'offrir des recommandations sur le financement ainsi que des partenariats car leurs années d'expérience seront inestimables pour notre centre dans les mois à venir. Aider les membres par téléphone Tous nos projets visent à faire de nos membres notre priorité absolue car notre présidente Mme Makai a été en contact régulier avec eux afin d’aider à briser leur isolement social et subvenir à leurs diverses demandes. Cette semaine, nous avons aidé notre membre, Sohila, à obtenir un rendez-vous chez le médecin en lui trouvant un traducteur. Les non-membres nous ont également contactés dans le cadre de notre service de référence pour des demandes de logement. Dans le cadre de notre mission, nous croyons que ce service est l'un des plus importants car il offre un soutien émotionnel et social direct à nos membres et nous aide à créer des liens durables entre nous et nos membres. Mises à jour sur COVID-19 : Suite à une annonce de notre Premier ministre François Legault, lundi dernier, Montréal continue d'être une zone rouge et notre verrouillage partiel se poursuivra jusqu'à la fin novembre. Dans ce contexte, l'AWC souhaite rappeler à notre communauté l'importance de ne pas se rendre chez les uns les autres, de maintenir une distance de 2 m en public et de se laver les mains fréquemment. Nouveaux membres du personnel : Nous avons eu le plaisir de vous annoncer que notre centre compte deux nouveaux membres. Imen Gharbi et Chandra Ky nous aideront dans notre mission à AWC : Imen est notre nouvelle professeure de français et elle donnera à nos membres un cours de 12 semaines sur les bases de la langue française. Elle a déjà assuré deux cours avec nos membres dans la mesure où ils/elles ont été de bonne humeur, excités d'apprendre une nouvelle langue et de développer leurs compétences en français. Chandra nous aidera avec l'aspect français de notre organisation car elle sera notre assistante française à temps partiel. Bien que ce centre s'appelle le Centre des femmes afghanes, nous sommes toujours heureux de travailler avec diverses communautés car nous valorisons les différentes perspectives de notre centre. Bienvenue à Imen et Chandra ! Rencontrez le personnel ! Chandra Ky collabore à temps partiel à l'AWCM en tant que traductrice indépendante vers le français pour les communications du Centre avec ses membres et ses partenaires. Au Canada depuis 1988 elle est diplômée en économie de l'Université McGill, elle a travaillé plus de sept ans dans le secteur financier et depuis 2011 vise à travailler au service des femmes suite à un bénévolat au YWCA, au GAIHST et à la collaboration avec les projets de narration de l'Université Concordia sur les survivants du génocide. Elle est également diplômée en anglais, gestion et traduction du London University Institute de Paris, de HEC Montréal et de l'Université de Montréal. Imen Gharbi est le professeur de français de l'AWCM. Elle aide ses membres à acquérir de l'autonomie en brisant les barrières linguistiques. C'est une femme franco-tunisienne née et élevée en Tunisie, elle a poursuivi une licence en histoire de l'art et des civilisations en 2006, puis un diplôme d'études supérieures en littérature française. Son sens de l'altruisme lui permet de s'investir pour aider le centre en aidant les femmes immigrantes à mieux s'intégrer dans la société québécoise. Étant elle-même immigrante au Québec, elle se trouve en position de comprendre leurs luttes et leur situation, car elle travaille très fort pour aider les membres à acquérir une autonomie linguistique. Conseils pour les partenaires : En tant qu'organisation communautaire, notre liste de tâches est infinie. Le recours à l’application « Click up» nous rend plus efficaces car Click up affiche la liste de tâches en ligne ce qui nous a permis de créer un espace collectif pour le travail en équipe Vous pouvez noter les tâches à accomplir, planifier une date d'échéance, les attribuer à différentes personnes, inclure des notes et des pièces jointes pertinentes à chaque tâche et indiquer leur priorité ! Cette application vous permet de suivre les progrès de votre équipe, de planifier votre journée de travail et de rester organisé et de notre équipe à la vôtre, nous recommandons vivement cette application pour votre organisation. Nous avons voulu partager ce que c'est que de travailler dans notre centre ce mois-ci. Travailler en tant qu'organisation communautaire signifie que nous sommes souvent très occupés. C'est pourquoi notre équipe est souvent multitâche comme le fait notre assistante administrative, Houda, ce vendredi. Tout en assistant nos cours hebdomadaires, nous travaillons sur nos finances, nous recrutons des bénévoles, nous coordonnons avec notre équipe de restauration pour la livraison hebdomadaire de nourriture, nous faisons l'entretien quotidien des bureaux et nous aidons nos membres à répondre à leurs demandes. C'est ce qu'il faut pour faire fonctionner notre centre : des personnes qui se consacrent à plusieurs projets à la fois afin de garantir à nos membres l'accès à un espace sûr vers lequel ils peuvent se tourner en cas de besoin. À l'AWC, nous recherchons des bénévoles passionnés et dévoués pour joindre notre équipe et nous aider dans notre mission. Bien qu’il s'agisse d'un poste non rémunéré, une lettre de recommandation et des honoraires peuvent être accordés en fonction du rendement. Ainsi en faisant du bénévolat, vous pourrez contribuer en exerçant vos compétences professionnelles en échange desquelles vous obtiendrez une expérience de première main sur la gestion des organisations à but non lucratif grâce à un apprentissage par la pratique. - Si vous êtes intéressé, contactez-nous à : info@awcm.ca

    • Annual report (2020)

      English Version: Click here to view our annual report that we presented at our Annual General Meeting on Friday, September 18th : Version Française: Cliquez ici pour consulter notre rapport annuel que nous avons présenté lors de notre assemblée générale annuelle le vendredi 18 septembre :

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    • Team | AWC Montreal

      Team Staff ANOUK PALVADEAU Communication Agent Anouk Palvadeau is a graduate in British Literature and Civilisation at Nantes University in France and in journalism at the University of Montreal. She is an ardent supporter of women’s rights and was able to keep learning and researching on this topic during her internship at Elle Québec. She then got the chance to develop her engagement through her work with the community organisation Sula Batsu in Costa Rica. Working as a research and communication agent broadened her perspectives on intersectional feminism and deepened her knowledge on Latin American gender issues. With this, Anouk hopes to bring her positivity and passion to empower women to the Afghan Women Centre, helping them accomplish their mission. VICTORIA JAHESH Project manager Executive Director Victoria Jahesh is a capable and devoted woman with a background in medicine who has volunteered countless hours of her time to support the mission of this organisation. Since 2012, Victoria has been helping the centre with many of its activities and services. She has provided information sessions about health topics for senior members, interpreting documents, and also doing hand's on work around the centre with volunteers. She has extensive experience in fund raising events as well as organising multiple cultural events. She has been given a key role as a Project Coordinator since 2018. Since then, she has also been the centre’s strategic planning consultant, tasked with deploying the communications and social media strategy, as well as updating the organisation’s social media and website. During Victoria’s working experience with the centre, she was also engaged with other non-profit community organisations such as the foundation “Hope for tomorrow” which enabled her to work with children, their families and with the hospital staff (Montreal Children’s). Her interpersonal qualities, including her reliability and her ability to relate well with others and show genuine care for all, are complemented by her commitment to going above and beyond to ensure the highest comfort level for her clients and all parties involved. Thanks to her knowledge of Russian, Victoria acts as an interpreter for Russian families who come to seek treatment at the Shriners Hospital for Children. She has been devoted to helping these families access services and has been a great advocate for them. She is currently a board member of ‘’Table de quartier community council of Peter-Mcgill’’, and she has collaboratively worked and helped other organisations such as ‘’ACCESSS’’ and la ‘’Table de concentration des organismes ou services des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes’’. Occasionally, Victoria is invited to participate in these organisations’ activities by providing various services related to health topics in Russian and by interpreting legal documents regarding family violence education in the province of Quebec. CHANDRA KY Part-time French Assistant Chandra Ky is a part-time contributor to the AWCM working as a freelance translator into French for the Centre’s communications to its members and its partners. Originally from Cambodia, she was born in in France where she grew up between the ages of 5 and 18. She has been in Canada since 1988 where she graduated in Economics from McGill University, she worked more than 7 years in the financial industry and since 2011 she aims at working at the service of women following volunteering at the YWCA, the GAIHST and collaboration with Concordia University’s storytelling projects on genocide survivors also graduating in English, Management and Translation from the London University Institute in Paris, HEC Montréal and the Université de Montréal. We Hiring ! ​ Apply Now! Board Of Director MAKAI HARIF ​ President & Founder ​ Makai Harif, a passionate, dedicated and highly educated volunteer is the founder and the president of the Afghan Women’s Centre of Montreal. With a Master’s degree in Mathematics and Physics, she worked as a teacher and a school principal for more than 20 years, in Afghanistan. Due to socio-political instability there, she moved to Russia with her children with the hope that she would go back to her home country after 3 months, but ended up staying there more than 8 years. After going through the long and harsh path of a refugee, she founded a Centre for Refugees in Russia with the aim of supporting others. In March 2000, Makai and her family immigrated to Canada in order to find a secure and peaceful place. With a profound understanding of the trials and hardships faced by immigrant women, she founded the Afghans Women’s Centre of Montreal in 2002. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to fulfill her vision of lifting up and supporting immigrant women from all over the world. She has supported hundreds of women and their families within a wide range of needs: housing, employment, legal issues, social needs, language barriers, celebration of key holidays and more. Her loyalty, selflessness, and dedication are all model qualities for those who wish to serve as volunteers within the organisation. WIDA AZIZI ​ Vice-President ​ Wida Azizi is a highly educated woman with an academic background in medicine specializing in Pediatrics and is an active member of the Centre's board of directors. Following her training in Pediatrics in Russia, her desire to support and to treat refugees and immigrants motivated her to work for the Red Cross as a physician for more than 6 years. In 2001, Wida moved to Canada and had to learn French. She was able to demonstrate her resilience by overcoming this obstacle and many others. Wida was able to continue her studies in nursing, highlighting her determination and perseverance. Since then, she has worked as a nurse at Santa Cabrini Hospital and is currently working at the Glen Site. ​ Outside working hours, she is involved with various organizations to support immigrants and refugees. Indeed, Wida has contributed to the translation of several documents dealing with the Quebec education system for the Table de concertation des immigrants et des réfugiés. She has also hosted information sessions on numerous topics related to immigrants and child education. Through her involvement and work ethics, Wida greatly contributes to the development and mission of the AWC, which aims to empower refugee women. MOROKH YUSEZAI ​ Secretary ​ Mohrukh, a woman deeply committed and involved in women's issues, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Kabul University and a Certificate in Health Science from Masar-e sharif Hospital. In addition to being highly educated, her various professional experiences have allowed her to develop many skills and qualities such as leadership, empathy and altruism. In Afghanistan, she has worked as an assistant director, math and physics teacher and parliamentary secretary to the Ministries of Parliamentary Affairs. She has also been involved in the Ministry of Women's Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs in Afghanistan. She has also provided services and support directly to Afghan women and has worked hard to implement multiple communication and engagement strategies to assist them. In 2016, she moved to Canada and decided to become involved in the Centre as a board member, once again demonstrating her commitment to the cause of refugee women. Her hard work has contributed greatly to the development of the Centre. LEILI KHAGHANI Administrator ​ Leili Khagani moved to Montreal in 1998, where she has been involved in the cultural scene for over 20 years, as she has been involved in Radio Chavak, the magazine ‘HafteH’ and various cultural organizations. Her experience with cultural communities in Montreal will serve as an invaluable contribution to the AWCM as we always welcome different perspectives to strengthen our organization. In 2009 she created the "Savalan Cultural Group'', which organizes activities to promote the Turkish language and culture.Khagani will also be using her experience in organizing activities to plan our events and develop our activities. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ LINDSAY LARIOS Member ​ Lindsay Larios is a PhD candidate at Concordia University studying political science. Her research and writing focus on immigration and family policy in Canada, in particular how they impact immigrant women. Lindsay came to know the Afghan Women’s Center in 2015 when she contacted the Center for a project, she was working on related to refugee women and caregiving. Shortly after this, she began to help writing grant applications as a volunteer in various applications to federal government funding opportunities. ​ We believe all women can embrace who they are, can define their future, and can change the world.

    • Home | Afghan Women's Centre of Montreal

      Providing Immigrant Women opportunities to improve their lives Our Mission Our Goal, Vision & Commitment Our Events Register & Help Make Change Get Involved Volunteer, Participate, or Donate 1/3 AWC AWC empowers socially isolated immigrant women within Montreal through creating programs according to their needs, facilitating self-development workshops and promoting team-based projects. We are a team of women from diverse backgrounds who are unified by the goal of empowering immigrant women in Montreal. Through our activities and interactive workshops, we are dedicated to helping women find their rightful place in a new environment. ​ LEARN MORE Become a Member! You can join our team and become a member with a fee of 20$, non-members can also participate in AWC services through a pay per use basis . for more details. Contact us Latest News and Events December 2020 Newsletter 4 Write a comment 1 l’infolettre de Novembre 19 Write a comment 1 Annual report (2020) 7 Write a comment Read More Join Us The Afghan Women's Centre of Montreal relies on the generous support of volunteers and donors. Support Us

    • History | AWC Montreal

      History When Makai Harif arrived in Montreal in 2000 as an Afghan refugee where she noticed that many other women from her homeland were suffering from isolation. ​ She started holding gatherings every two weeks during which Afghan women shared tea and fellowship. In 2002, two years later, the group was registered as a non-profit organization. Makai harif President and Founder Message from the President I started the Afghan Women’s Centre of Montreal in 2002 with not much more than hope and a belief that women, women of any age and culture and place, can be agents for positive change in their own lives and communities. There were many growing pains along the way, and many challenges, and even a few moments when it seemed that those pains and challenges might prove insurmountable. But we did surmount them, and today, one and a half decades later, as I present the annual report of 2018-2019, the Centre continues to grow and thrive in ways that surpass all the hopes and dreams I had and have for it. This Centre began as a place where women from my own community and country of Afghanistan could break out of their social isolation and come together to learn about the opportunities available to them here in our adopted country of Canada. It began as a place, also, where they could support and lean on another. Today, we welcome and serve immigrant women from all around the world. I would like to give a special thanks to the Board of Directors, volunteers, and staff for their care and relentless commitment to making the Afghan Women’s Centre a place of support and warm welcome to the people that it serves. Last, but certainly not least, our funders, donors, community partners and friends are invaluable in supporting and encouraging women to make brighter futures for themselves, and in allowing us the privilege to help them do just that. Without you, none of this would be possible. It is an honor to serve with you all. ​ Warmly, ​ Makai Office Inauguration The Afghan Women Center wishes to give women a sense of belonging, a safe space for them to express themselves, and give them hope for a better future in Quebec society.

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Afghan Women's Center of Montreal

Head Office: 1857 De Maisonneuve Ouest, Suite 305 

Montréal, Québec H3H 1J9

Nearest Metro : Guy Concordia 

Satellite Office : 1435 City Councillors 

Montréal, Québec

Nearest Metro: Place Des Arts ​

Phone : 514-321-2194 
Email : info@awcm.ca

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