"The WMF program has given me hope, courage and the tools to get my life on track to where I am excited to start my post secondary education which will lead to a better future for me and my family." 

Heyleen, 2010 Graduate

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Our Partners Speak at TEDx!

In 2005, the WMF team understood the role that reading and literacy played in a young mother's journey to move her family forward and break the cycle of generational poverty. To ensure that we could deliver on our promise to help break that cycle, we enlisted the help of Literature for Life to design and deliver literacy classes tailored to the needs of our participants.

Teneile Warren, our WMF English Language Arts facilitator and L4L's Program Co-ordinator, drives this point home beautifully in her TEDx talk. In 8 short minutes, she sums up exactly how reading can lead to social change.

Powerful stuff.



Celebrating Women's History

This week in Group Talk we discussed domestic and  gender-based violence. Throughout the class, we spoke about various items relating to the topic including power and control, effects of experiencing violence (PTSD, unhealthy relationships etc.) and factors that contribute to wo/men staying  in abusive r

elationships.  At the end of class, I spoke to the women about the history of gender-based violence as it relates to the “Montreal Massacre” of 14 female engineering students who were killed at Ecole Polytechnique by Marc Lepine on December 6, 1989. The women also shared their story or story of someone they know who experienced domestic or gender-based violence.

The women were asked to light a candle to signify their own (or someone else’s) journey of abuse.

They stated that they enjoyed the candle lighting ceremony as it represented how many women are impacted by abuse.

Their participation contributed to the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. This is an international campaign linking violence against women to human rights. The 16 Day period links two

significant dates: November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and December 10, International Human Rights Day. Also included in the 16 days are November 29th, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day; December 1st, World AIDS Day; and December 6th, the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre (retrieved from http://www.women.gov.on.ca/owd_new/english/recognizing/wapm.shtml).

We really wanted to be able to share this with all of you because of its importance to women’s history.


Now Accepting Applications for Winter 2014

What do you want to be? A doctor? Lawyer? Social Worker? Teacher? Looking for support to pursue your dreams? Become a woman moving foward.

We are now accepting applications for our winter 2014 group. Space is limited. Sign up to attend an information session today and take the first step to transforming life for you and your children!

Register for our winter 2014 group here.


In Class: WMF Talks About the Coldest Winter Ever

One of the many exciting things we do at WMF is explore the journeys of other women as a way to inspire, motivate and reflect. In our English writing class, led by our partners Literature for Life, participants read novels that relate to their experiences as mothers, women and ambitious community leaders. Here is just a sneak peak of moments inside the classroom:




We trust that you've had a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend. At Women Moving Forward, we have a lot to be thankful for.

When we began in 2005, with the support of the G.H Wood Foundation and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, we blazed a trail to tackle child poverty head-on in our community. Today we are thankful for the 100+ women who have walked through our doors, trusted us with their dreams for themselves and their children and walked out of the program on the path to success.

We're also thankful to our many champions, supporters and advocates who have made WMF the program that it is today.

Thank you.