Elizabeth Fry Society of St. John
Through a 10-week holistic health program, the Elizabeth Fry Society of St. John, New Brunswick helped women build a foundation for self-understanding and change. These women faced challenges to well-being created by violence, poverty, criminalization, addictions, poor health, homelessness, and single parenting.
Grant Program: World Day of Prayer
Year of Grant: 2017-2018
Grant Amount: $4,000
The Women’s Journeys to Personal Wellness and Empowerment program helped women discover other ways of learning and knowing, reflect on how they see themselves and the world in which they live, and select practices that they can apply day-to-day to increase health and a sense of well-being. These cost-effective practices and strategies are easily adaptable and can be readily used in a variety of situations in which women find themselves.
I looked forward to every week of Women’s Journeys. I used to do a meditation practice a lot by myself but haven’t for a long time. I liked the guided meditation. It was a time for self-reflection that I found really helpful. It was a good reminder for me to continue it on my own. It helps me keep in touch with myself and calm down, relax.
I learned that I don’t have to be good at everything. I can just let go and see what happens with the journal writing and art. It was hard at first to let go of expectations for myself but over time I began to relax with being okay with the process. I was used to everything being structured, having to colour a certain way, in the lines. I would have to paint a flower just as it is. And then I learned in Women’s Journey’s that it was okay to let go and see what would happen. Then whatever I did turned out really well.
I enjoyed the company and looked forward to each week. The social part felt empowering—being with strong women who as a group faced many challenges—being together made us stronger.