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Congratulations, Cindy Easton for being nominated in the annual Purple Ribbon Awards in the category Program/Shelter Executive of the Year. You were nominated by Andrea Vassallo who has been copied on this email. This is a substantial honor.

The judges have reviewed all the nominations and while yours was not selected as a winner of a Purple Ribbon medallion, we wanted to share our heartfelt thanks for the incredible contributions you are making to support victims and survivors of domestic violence! The #1 reason we started the Purple Ribbon Awards is to make sure people like you are acknowledged.

Here is your Certificate of Achievement.  Only a small handful of people received this certificate of honoree.

Again, congratulations on being nominated and thank you for your dedication to helping victims and survivors of domestic violence!

Keep up the great work! 

Your Friends at DomesticShelters.org


Purchase Coffee in support of Indigenous Women and you can also chose to support MRWSA in receiving 15% of your online sale!









15% of sales to support Canadian women’s shelter and sexual assault centres

● Organic and Fairtrade coffee beans purchased from farms owned and operated by Indigenous women in Peru



      June 22, 2021, Toronto - Born out of a mission to empower women across borders and within local communities, Sisters’

Story Coffee – a first-of-its-kind Canadian coffee brand, launches today. Sisters’ Story Coffee is made from organic and Fairtrade Certified coffee beans exclusively purchased from farms owned and operated by Indigenous women in the Andes of Northern Peru. Fifteen per cent of each online sale of Sisters’ Story Coffee will go to a participating Canadian women’s shelter or sexual assault centre of the purchaser’s choice.

Sister’s Story Coffee is an initiative by Sumac Community Worker Co-operative, a Canadian employee-owned social enterprise with a vision to build a caring economy. The initiative was inspired by Café Femenino, a Fairtrade Certified coffee co-operative founded by a group of entrepreneurial women farmers in Peru, and from which Sisters’ Story solely purchases its coffee beans. The Indigenous women in these rural areas live in male-dominated societies, experience violence and have very little financial or decision-making power, despite carrying the majority of the workload in the home and in labour-intensive coffee production. Café Femenino enables women farmers to grow and sell their own product, providing them with direct payment and a Fairtrade premium to invest in their businesses and communities.

“After learning that women in North America also commonly experience gendered violence, Café Femenino mandated that any coffee roaster purchasing their beans must also support women in their local communities” explained Lisa Schincariol McMurtry, Sisters’ Story Coffee Community Liaison. “With this in mind, we decided to launch Sisters’ Story Coffee as an ongoing ethical fundraising avenue for women’s shelters and sexual assault centres in the communities where people purchase our coffee”.

Sisters’ Story Coffee is available online at sistersstorycoffee.com and offers a dark and medium roast in whole bean or auto grind, in addition to a medium roast decaf created using the Swiss Water® Process. Sisters’ Story Coffee medium and dark roast varieties are available in 340g bags for $15.40 CAD each and Sisters’ Story Coffee medium roast decaf is available in a 340g bag for $16.15 CAD each. Sisters’ Story Coffee’s bags are designed to be fully compostable made from paper and other bio-based materials.

For more information visit sistersstorycoffee.com or follow on Instagram and Facebook at @sistersstorycoffee and Twitter @sisstorycoffee



Sisters’ Story Coffee is owned and operated by the Sumac Community Worker Co-operative, an employee-owned social enterprise based in Guelph, Ontario. Sumac received a 2020-2021 federal Investment Readiness Program Grant through Community Foundations Canada to develop Sisters’ Story Coffee - an ethical fundraising project. Sumac owns and operates Planet Bean Coffee which is a Fairtrade Certified and organic coffee roastery that roasts all Sisters’ Story Coffee.


IMAGES / VIDEO:  They can be accessed in the Dropbox folder HERE

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You are Invited





​Help Determine the Future & Vision of MRWSA

MRWSA Board of Directors have initiated a Strategic Planning process to guide the organization for the next 3 to 5 years. With the support of Kim Pasula (Governance Facilitator), the Board of Directors invite you to be part of this process. A preliminary survey will be shared by Mr. Pasula at the end of August for preparation for the Strategic Planning Day on October 2, 2021.

If you are interested in participating in the survey and/or would like to attend the Strategic Planning Day on October 2, 2021, please contact Cindy Easton at ceaston@mrwsa.net or 403-845-5339 for more information.

It is very important to have your voices heard as MRWSA works to meet the needs of our community.


Government of Canada


Click on above logo to link to the website for further information.

The Government introduced the Canadian Benefit for Parents of Young Victims of Crime on September 30, 2018. The benefit provides income support to eligible parents who suffer a loss of income when they take time away from work to cope with the death or disappearance of their child, as a result of a probable Criminal Code offence. Eligible parents can receive payments of $450 per week for up to 35 weeks.

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