Helping Women Find Their Way Since 1973!
The Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre (NOWC) is celebrating 50 years of feminist advocacy, creativity, leadership, collaboration, and activism!
For five decades (1973-2023), the Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre has worked to improve women’s safety and access to justice. As an equality-seeking, social justice informed and intersectional feminist organization, run by and for women in the Thunder Bay area, we have engaged in community outreach and public education efforts, advocated for systemic change, and provided a safe space for all self-identified women to gather. We’ve launched programs to address economic inequality, food insecurity, and gender-based violence, while empowering women to share creative strategies with one another and be their own best advocates. You can learn more about past and current projects on our websites: nwowomenscentre.org, actiontoanalysisgbv.org and goodfoodboxtb.org.
We have already realized some of our 50th Anniversary plans: a 50th anniversary logo, printed t-shirts, and a zine chronicling some of our herstory. During an April blizzard, we hosted a dinner to honour the volunteer service of long-standing NOWC board members, past and present. It was an evening shared by colleagues, mentors and friends where we heard stories from our first coordinator and other trailblazing women whose determination, hard work and humour have made the Women’s Centre the feminist hub and catalyst for women-led, equality-seeking efforts that it is today.
Among these efforts, NOWC has been coordinating the Good Food Box program for 18 years. For much of that time, United Way of Thunder Bay has provided critical support in ensuring the survival of this popular volunteer-powered, community-based food security initiative. Their efforts to flow funds during COVID allowed us to pivot and provide emergency food to hundreds of seniors, First Nations and other people, while still maintaining the core integrity of our program. Learn more about the Good Food Box program at goodfoodboxtb.org.