The Board of Directors of Women’s Resources of Kawartha Lakes and the Kawartha Lakes–Haliburton (KLH) Housing Corporation are excited to announce their agreement for KLH Housing Corporation to acquire Amy’s Next Step Housing at 11 West Street South, Fenelon Falls. Keep Reading
The COVID-19 pandemic has not only put a huge strain on women experiencing violence from the men in their lives, it’s also stretching Women’s Resources, the local agency that serves them, to the breaking point. Many women are now trapped in isolation with their abusers, and even if they are able to find a chance to leave, the agency has to find them a place to quarantine for 14 days before they can enter the shelter in Lindsay.
“You don’t really guess that a lot of stuff could happen in a small town. People kind of turn a blind eye to it.”
These are the words of Raina McCue, an 18-year-old, first-year student of psychology at Trent University, regarding abuse and trauma suffered by women and their families. The month of December, while most often associated with the joys and giving spirit of the holiday season, is also the marker of a more somber occasion.
Women’s Resources is hosting our 4th biennial Extraordinary Women of Kawartha Lakes Awards on October 17, 2019 recognizing women in the City of Kawartha Lakes who have made an extraordinary contribution to improving the quality of life in our community.
We celebrate the accomplishments of women under the following categories:
Marlene Morrison Nicholls is the president of Stewart Morrison Insurance. Marlene grew up on a farm west of Little Britain with three sisters. Although they didn’t use the language of gender equality her parents never imagined that they weren’t capable of doing any task that was set before them.
Marlene’s father and mother both worked hard and were partners. Her mom was an RN and was a partner in the farm business. Her dad ran the farm and started his insurance agency in the 1960s.
More than half of women delay leaving an abusive partner because of concerns for their pets, according to research from the University of Windsor.
Dr. Amy Fitzgerald, who released her research in 2017, also found a shocking 89 per cent of domestic violence cases that also involve some type of animal abuse.
Women’s Resources, serving the City of Kawartha Lakes, has been working hard to solve the barriers for women who need to leave an abuser. Since 1992, they have had 32,454 crisis calls and the Victoria’s Shelter Program has supported 2,537 women and 2,180 children. Now they are working with PAWs and Company to help solve the challenge facing women who need to leave an abusive situation, but have pets.
He’s got a makeshift wood stove in a dilapidated trailer outside of town. She’s hoarding junk and debris — so much in fact that the doors to her home no longer open and parts of her floor are sagging. Another man burns flammable liquids to stay warm during the cold clutch of winter. In her postcard-perfect home, another woman constantly calls police to investigate phantom intruders.
This is but a snapshot of a growing number of seniors who are in danger in our community. They’re all over age 60 and most have lost at least some of their cognitive abilities. These are men and women who are not necessarily defined by poverty or rural postal codes. In fact, many of them live in nice homes in Lindsay or elsewhere in Kawartha Lakes and may be quite well off.