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    • Reading Club

      A reading course/book club for AWCM members will start very soon. In this class, participants will read books on different topics, and will also have the opportunity to share their opinions and their reflections. The goal of this class is to help stimulate their cognitive skills and promote social interaction. Reading and socialization activities have many benefits in promoting cognitive reserve¹ and slow down the effects of cognitive decline that occur with age. In addition, social activities promote self-esteem and prevent isolation. Topics covered: Health and well-being, prevention, mental health, lifestyle habits and many others. 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.

    • English Course / Cours d'Anglais

      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.

    • 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

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    • Infolettre Septembre:

      Notre assemblée générale annuelle est bientôt en Vendredi 18 septembre ! Enregistrez votre participation ci-dessous en ligne ou en personne ici: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1KyjSEGUJ1TUzFPHjdOaiX3fgwdc_bZ0NNn86bf42x_4/edit L’été tire à sa fin et nous sommes sur le point d’accueillir l’automne. Au centre, les activités prennent de l’ampleur. Voici nos dernières mises à jour et ce sur quoi nous travaillons! L’accueil de nouveau volontaires Nous avons accueilli deux nouveaux volontaires, dans notre équipe ce mois-ci. Jonathon étudie à l'université Concordia dans un programme de sciences politiques et de communication. Il utilise son expertise en matière d'écriture pour nous aider à rédiger notre contenu. Notre autre volontaire, Salma, une vidéaste indépendante, utilisera également ses compétences techniques pour nous aider. Restez informés en nous suivant sur @afghanwomencentre Financement : Nous sommes très heureuse d’avoir été accepté par le programme de subventions Nouveaux Horizons pour les aînés! Ce financement permettra d’aider les membres aînés du Centre, dont plusieurs ont été disproportionnellement affectés par la pandémie. Alors que nous continuons d’aller de l’avant dans le contexte de la COVID-19, nous sommes reconnaissants d’avoir un support financier permettant de réaliser nos projets conçus pour briser l’isolation sociale de nos aînés. Rester à l’affût grâce à nos réseaux sociaux! Deux nouveaux cours: Cours de Anglais: Nous avons créé un nouveau cours d'anglais en ligne qui sera enseigné par notre volontaire qualifiée de longue date, Clinton Parker. Ce cours a été conçu pour se concentrer sur la conversation, car il vise à donner à nos membres une connaissance de base de l'anglais, leur permettant de converser confortablement dans notre ville bilingue et de gagner en autonomie. Nous sommes également en train de lancer un cours similaire pour le français dans les prochaines semaines Cours de yoga: En raison de notre contexte stressant, nous avons lancé un cours de yoga. Il sera enseigné en partie en personne et en ligne. Le cours administré par Nathalie, experte en yoga, est socialement éloigné et conçu pour s'adapter aux restrictions physiques de notre membre. Ce cours a été lancé dans le cadre de notre initiative visant à aider nos membres âgés à faire face au stress de notre époque turbulente actuelle. Il sera dispensé dans des espaces ouverts et en ligne via Zoom également. Pique-nique: Nous sommes de retour! Après cinq mois d’isolation, nous reprenons la planification d’événements extérieurs. Ce mois-ci, nous avons profité de la belle température pour inviter nos membres et leurs proches pour une journée au parc. Nous nous sommes réunis à Vaudreuil-Dorion autour de la musique et les activités d’eau. Notre équipe de traiteur a préparée les plats servis durant le pique-nique. Le rassemblement fût une belle opportunité de se réunir à nouveau. Recherche de nouveaux membres au conseil administratif En tant qu’organisations communautaires, nous sommes à notre meilleures lorsque nous travaillons ensemble. C’est pourquoi notre centre recherche deux nouveaux membres pour faire partie du conseil administratif. Nous valorisons votre perspective et votre engagement. Nous confrontons souvent les mêmes défis dans le but commun de servir la communauté. Cette initiative serait mutuellement bénéfique alors que nous essayons tous de nous adapter à ce contexte exceptionnel. Rappel de l’assemblée générale annuelle Notre assemblée générale annuelle est le 18 Septembre C’est une opportunité de faire le point sur la dernière année fiscale et entreprendre la transition vers nos projets futurs. Arrêtez-vous par le centre pour voir comment notre organisation fonctionne et les façons dont vous pouvez en faire partie! Journée de l'indépendance de l'Afghanistan Cette année, nous célébrons fièrement les 101 ans d'indépendance de notre pays, l'Afghanistan, en nous souvenant de nos braves martyrs qui ont lutté pour notre libération. Pour commémorer cette journée spéciale, l'ambassade afghane d'Ottawa a organisé une célébration virtuelle à laquelle notre organisation a été invitée à participer. Notre présidente, Mme Makai Aref, a eu l'occasion de prononcer virtuellement un discours puissant dans sa langue maternelle, le farsi, où elle a rappelé la bravoure constante des Afghans contre les oppresseurs. Elle a rendu hommage à la résilience du peuple afghan au fil des décennies, qui continue d'espérer vivre un jour dans la paix et la prospérité. Nos conseils: Ce que nous avons appris: Notre adjointe administrative, Houda, a fait plusieurs recherches sur les stratégies bénéfiques aux organismes communautaires. Voici trois conseils pour votre Instagram : 1. Ajouter une touche personnelle. Une fois que les connexions entre personnes sont établies, le partage de leur histoire et origine engendre une réceptivité plus grande et la création d’un lien plus tangible. 2. Établir un thème. Choisir un filtre ou ajouter une signature à chaque publication donnant ainsi une esthétique propre et organisée. 3. Engagement, Engagement, Engagement. L’audience augmente lorsque vous interagissez avec des comptes aux intentions similaires. Si vous aimez l’initiative d’une organisation ou une publication, n’hésitez pas à commenter ou partager! Nous sommes plus forts ensembles après tout! Conseil #2: Pour améliorer l'efficacité au sein du Centre, nous avons commencé à utiliser Teams, une plateforme de communication qui permet à notre équipe de communiquer plus facilement par le biais de chats et d'appels vidéo. Nous avons adoré la plateforme car elle nous a permis de créer des sous-comités pour mettre en relation votre équipe sur la base d'un projet nous aidant à nous organiser ! Visite notre site web pour plus d'information: ---> WWW. AWCM.CA Suivi nos sur notre reseaux sociaux: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AfghanWomensCenterofMontreal Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/afghanwomencentre/

    • We're Hiring!

      (La version française suivra la version anglaise) We are a team fueled by one very simple belief: that women regardless of age, culture and race should be empowered to take charge of their own lives. At the Afghan Women Centre, we understand that the bond of women is one that transcends language, time and space as we work to create a safe space for all socially isolated women in our community. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to creating activities and administering services aiming at helping socially isolated women. We are looking to expand our team and include a passionate bilingual communication assistant to our organization. This is not a typical 9-5 pm job with mundane tasks, at our centre, you will be trying new things every day, learning on the job, and most importantly dealing with women. This is why our ideal candidate has three important qualities: dedication, compassion and most importantly reliability. This is a full time position for 30 hours per week in our office downtown (near Guy-Concordia Metro Station). We offer a 6 to 7-month contract beginning immediately, with the potential for contract renewal. Our ideal candidate: Understands copywriting and has the skills to prove it Understands social media strategies Can develop content written and visual Will participate in the curation and development of our brand image on all written content Has exceptional organizational skills, detail oriented and capable of managing multiple projects while respecting deadlines. Requirements: - Experience working in non profit sector an asset - Experience in office administration is a requirement - Previous experience in social media (primarily Instagram and Facebook) - Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office and computer skills If your personality and experience fits this description, please send a resume and cover letter to info@awcm.ca ---- OFFRE D’EMPLOI: Agent de communication (Temps plein, contrat temporaire avec possibilité d’extension) Le Centre de femmes afghanes de Montréal est une organisation à but non lucratif basée au centre-ville de Montréal. Nous sommes une équipe de femmes issues de différents milieux unies par le but commun de mettre de l’avant les femmes immigrantes de Montréal. Par l’entremise d’activités et d’ateliers personnalisés, nous sommes dédiés à aider les femmes à trouver leur place dans un nouvel environnement. Nous sommes à la recherche d’une personne passionnée, dédiée et bilingue pour combler le poste d’agent de communication et ainsi intégrer l’équipe et contribuer à la mission du Centre. Ceci est une position à temps plein, 30 heures/semaine, effective dès maintenant. Notre bureau est à une minute du métro Guy-Concordia, en plein centre-ville. Nous offrons un contrat d’une durée de 6 à 7 mois avec possibilité de renouvellement. Exigences: - Recherche et bonne connaissance des stratégies reliées aux organisations à but non lucratifs - Savoir développer du contenu pour les réseaux sociaux - Sens de l’entreprenariat et de l’engagement (développer une image) - Extrêmement minutieux et excellent sens de l’organisation Expérience : - Expérience sur les réseaux sociaux, principalement sur Facebook et Instagram - Expérience de travail communautaire est un atout - Excellente connaissance de Microsoft Office, compétences informatiques - Expérience ou compétence en rédaction est un atout - Diplômé en Communication ou dans un domaine connexe est un atout S.v.p veuillez envoyer votre candidature et une lettre de présentation à info@awcm.ca.

    • Picnic Day at Vaudreuil-Dorion

      After more than five months of isolation, we gathered last Saturday in the beautiful Parc De La Maison Valois in Vaudreuil-Dorion. We loved having the opportunity to gather with our members, and together we enjoyed the music & delicious Afghan food prepared by our catering team. There was something for everyone to do, all the while social distancing. Some members enjoyed kayaking and pedalo while others sat to soak up the nice weather, as everyone was happy to be reconnecting. Après plus de cinq mois d'isolement, nous nous sommes réunis samedi dernier dans le magnifique parc de la Maison Valois à Vaudreuil-Dorion. Nous avons adoré nous réunir avec nos membres, et ensemble nous avons apprécié la musique et la délicieuse nourriture afghane préparée par notre équipe de traiteurs. Il y avait quelque chose à faire pour tout le monde, tout en gardant une distance sociale. Certains membres ont apprécié le kayak et le pédalo tandis que d'autres se sont assis pour profiter du beau temps, car tout le monde était heureux de renouer avec les autres.

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    • 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 Read More Join Us The Afghan Women's Centre of Montreal relies on the generous support of volunteers and donors. Support Us

    • Team | AWC Montreal

      Team Staff Coordinator ​ Houda is a recent graduate in Communication Studies at Concordia University who is passionate about social justice activism. She has spent the last four years volunteering in various human rights groups in Montreal and has previously interned at social justice connections where she focused on corporate sustainability and women’s rights advocacy in mainly Latin America and Asia. Her volunteer and professional experience have allowed her to be a proud advocate of the rights of minorities. Furthermore, Houda’s background as a child of Algerian immigrants allows her to be extremely interested in immigrant integration in Quebec and is dedicated to improving their experience and empowering women here at AWCM. She hopes to work one day as a journalist educating people about obscure and forgotten human rights violations around the world. ​ Houda Kerkadi ​ Admin Assistant Victoria Jahesh ​ Project Coordinator ​ Involvement in corporate & non profit organisation across Montreal! ​ 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. 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. 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’’. Apply Now! We Hiring ! ​ Board Of Director Makai Aref Founder, President ​ Makai Aref, 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. Lindsay Larios Administrator ​ 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. For the last five years, she has helped the Centre in various applications to federal government funding opportunities, which has led to successful funding for the Center’s programs, events, and organizational capacity-building efforts. Wida Azizi 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. Victoria Jahesh Treasurer ​ ​ Mahrukh Yousifzai 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, in the same year, 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. We believe all women can embrace who they are, can define their future, and can change the world.

    • Intergenerational Exchange | AWC Montreal

      Intergenerational Skill Exchange Phase 1: The Cookbook Project In 2007, Makai Aref created a cookbook of Afghani recipes oriented towards people afflicted with diabetes, as Afghani cuisine contains various beneficial ingredients. It was originally published in English and was later translated into French. The cook book was developed initially with Devon Rice and Aref, a diabetes researcher in 2007. It was later on expanded by McGill University volunteers & Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) & AWCM members. In 2016-2017 AWC was able to continue the project thanks to funds from New Horizons, in collaboration with students from the Community Engagement program at McGill University and Midnight Kitchen. Students met with AWC community elders twice a month for 3 months using the recipes to learn Afghani cooking and embroidery. Together with the students, the original cookbook was also updated. ​ Students also offered basic computer training and an orientation on life in the city, and exchanged with the elders on subjects such as intergenerational values. These activities directed by and for the community built confidence and leadership skills, on top of breaking isolation. Phase 2: Cultural Exchange Gallery 1/1

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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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