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Gore Mutual & Omni Insurance Brokers Make a Difference in Our Community

On October 17, Gore Mutual and the St. Thomas Branch Omni Insurance Brokers gave $2,000 towards creating Women’s Place, Elgin’s Emergency Shelter. This money will help ensure that women and children all over Elgin County will have 24 hour shelter and safety.

The Gore Mutual Insurance Foundation is proud to support Canadian Communities and help make a difference.

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Backpacks for Emergency Shelter

Monique Wood and Gianna Filipovic of the St. Thomas-Elgin branch of Retired Womens Teachers of Ontario presented 30 backpacks full of school supplies for distribution at the Emergency Shelter. The local branch of RWTO has donated school bags to us for the past 15 years. Thank you for supporting our children!

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Backpacks for Children Whose Moms Have Been Abused

On October 8, 2014, Jenny Couse, representing the Thames Valley Education Foundation gave 70 backpacks so that children participating in Community Counselling services located in Aylmer, St. Thomas, and West Lorne could have all the ingredients necessary for school success in a time of transition and change.

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Starwalkers Step Up and Raise $1200 for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

A mighty team of five from Starwood Hotels and Resorts in St. Thomas stepped up to participate in the 5th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. With the help of their Starwood colleagues, they gave $1,200 to ensure women and children from anywhere across Elgin County can access 24 hour counsel and safety at Women’s Place – Elgin’s Emergency Shelter. thank you to Karl Mittlefehldt, Bill Granger, Luc Bottineau, Jeremy Davie & Mounir Shoukri for your kindness and support!

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2014!

Awesome Kindness at 5th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes!

On Sunday, September 28, 130 kind souls gathered in the beautiful sunshine at Pinafore Park in St. Thomas. From this energetic crowd, 63 men strapped on women’s shoes and walked a mile as a fun way to bring awareness to the serious issue of violence against women, and raise funds for Women’s Place – Elgin’s Emergency Shelter. It was heartening indeed to see so many men stepping up to create safety for women and children in our community.

Together, the men and their supporters gave $22,032 to ensure women and children can get to the safety and counsel of Women’s Place 24 hours a day from anywhere across Elgin County.

Thank you for the gift of your community spirit and beautiful generosity! We are fortunate to work with many men who want to create safety for women and children and give their energy, financial support and leadership to make it happen.

More information on generosity can be found on the Events tab, along with photos from the walk.

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Rail City Road Races 2014

On Sunday, September 212, together we completed the inaugural 5 km road race to support our hospital! What a team!

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Create a Safer Community; One Step at a Time

St. Thomas Police Chief Darryl Pinnell, St. Thomas Fire Chief Rob Broadbent, Central Elgin Fire Chief Don Crocker, Emergency Medical Services Manager Don MacLellan, Elgin Ontario Provincial Police Commander Brad Fishleigh, Aylmer Police Chief Andre Reymer, and St. Thomas Police Inspector Chris Herridge.

On Sunday, September 28, they will don women’s shoes and walk a mile as a fun way to increase awareness about the serious issue of violence against women and raise funds for Women’s Place – Elgin’s Emergency Shelter.

The event is open to all men, aged 16 and older, who want to be part of the solutions needed to create safety for everyone. Shoes are provided.

The first Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, Elgin County, was held in 2010. This is the 5th year for this event. Join us Sunday, September 28 in Pinafore Park (95 Elm St) St. Thomas from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm.

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St. Thomas City Council Donation!

On June 26, Mayor Heather Jackson presented a cheque of $50,000 to Building Hope Saving Lives on behalf of the St. Thomas City Council. Thank you for generously supporting us in this community! This was part of the total donation announced at our gala earlier in the week.

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Building Hope Saving Lives – The Celebration!

On June 24, we came together to celebrate the kindness and generosity of our community. One year ago the initiative called Building Hope Saving Lives was launched to create a new home for our community’s Emergency Shelter for women and children fleeing abuse – Women’s Place.  Since then, hundreds of community came together to make this possible.


Don Beattie and Janice Terpstra from CIBC’s St. Thomas Branch presented a donation of $5,000 to help create the space for the dignity and play that is so necessary for healing from harm and abuse. CIBC is a wonderful supporter of the St. Thomas community and involved in many initiatives to help many great causes.


Thank you to Trudy and Nick Kanellis, owners of the Wayside Dining Lounge in Talbotville, for their generous donation of $10,000 to provide safety and shelter for the women and children in our community. The Wayside Dining Lounge has been serving families in our area since 1936 and are one of the oldest restaurants in SW Ontario. We also thank the Wayside for providing the lovely food for our celebration!


Dowler-Karn, St. Thomas office, donated a generous $20,000 to Building Hope Saving Lives. They have been a successful family run business since 1949 with many locations throughout SW Ontario. thank you for extending your kindness and support to ensure women and children have a new Emergency Shelter – Women’s Place.


The London and St. Thomas Association of Realtors gave $25,000 to ensure a safe place for women and children in our community. They are actively involved in the communities they serve with a focus on ensuring shelter and protection to improve the quality of life. Thank you for your continued support!


Greg Tarry from Doug Tarry Custom Homes donated $25,000 to ensure the women and children in our community have a home – women’s Place Emergency Shelter. Doug Tarry Homes was founded in 1954 and has won 7 awards from the Canadian Home Builders Association. Shelter and homes are their business and they have made the dreams of many throughout our community possible.


The Dorothy Palmer Estate has given an additional $30,000 for a total of $130,000 to ensure that children have what they need to heal. What an amazing Legacy to leave! Thank you for your gift of safety and hope!


As a result of the kindness and generosity today and throughout the year from so many people who have given to Building Hope Saving Lives, we are happy to announce that our community has invested wholeheartedly in the creation of a new home for women’s Place Emergency Shelter with $1,100,000 given! Thank you for accepting the invitation to continue together our life saving legacy!


Celebration of Building Hope Saving Lives video




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Helping Women and Children Seek Safety

On June 17, 2014, Yarmouth Mutual gave $7,500 to help women and children seek safety. Thank you for your generosity! For over 130 years Yarmouth Mutual has been supporting families across Elgin County with insurance solutions. They have also taken a big step toward safety and counsel for women and children in our community. Thank you!

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