Respectful Relationships



9 teams of facilitators have completed delivering the R+R program to the grade 9 students of Quesnel Junior School. 11 of those students were chosen out of the 40 that applied to be youth facilitators and are currently completing training to enter classrooms along side the adult facilitators. The grade eight students will be receiving the program starting  Feb 10th. 

Everyone is very excited to deliver the groundbreaking curriculum. 


The Clothesline Project


Sponsored by the Department of Justice for the National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, April 10-16, 2011.

A visual display that bears witness to violence against women by hanging a clothesline with shirts that have been decorated to represent a particular woman’s experience with violence.

 This event was our first ever Clothesline Project. We had 115 t-shirts created for the project. To view a video display of the shirts created for our first ever Clothesline Project click here.


 Click here for a copy of our Clothesline Project Brochure


 Clothesline Poster Ad







Community Garden Project


Community Garden Pamphlet

 The Women's Resource Centre is pleased to be a part of the community garden project in Quesnel. The community garden is located behind Quesnel Junior Secondary and beside the Aboriginal Education Centre. It is a place for everyone to gather and grow vegetables, fruits, and herbs; to learn and share gardening skills; and to meet new friends. It is a great way to increase access to fresh, local, and affordable food.


We are also proud to announce the addition of the West Village Community Garden, located beside the outdoor skating rink at 325 Lewis Dr. For more information, check out the bulletin board for the work-bee schedule, or contact Joey Shaw at the North Cariboo Aboriginal Family Program Society  




For anyone interested in working in the garden there are work bees every Wednesday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.










Thank you to the Quesnel Community Foundation for their generous donation. $3000 was contributed to complete the chain link fence that surrounds the garden, April 2011.



 Thank you to all sponsors who contributed to the infrastructure of the garden!



Women's Memorial Monument


In September of 2007, a group of women from the Quesnel Women’s Resource Centre came together to work towards getting a memorial monument built in Quesnel that would honour local missing and murdered women as well as all women who have been victims of violence in our community. Seven women have lost their lives to violence from our community and an additional 5 are still missing under suspicious circumstances.

Across Canada there are nearly sixty monuments remembering women who have been victims of violence.  All of these are aimed to inspire individual communities to work towards change, build awareness, and continue to build support for the issue of violence against women.  The Women’s Memorial Monument Committee believes that a memorial monument of this nature will benefit the entire community of Quesnel serving as a reminder to everyone what a devastating impact violence against women has on our society.  It will not only be a place for families who have been impacted by this crime, but also for others who work towards change.

This monument will allow families a place to grieve for their injustices and concerned community members a place for action and a place to create change.  Our goal for this monument is to honour local women who have been impacted by violence, have lost their lives to violence, or are still missing under suspicious circumstances.  We seek to honour their families and loved ones while ensuring that their experiences and their murders do not become mere statistics in our community.  As well, acknowledging these women’s experiences in a visible form, such as a memorial monument, is a significant step towards social change and shows that the community of Quesnel is progressive in its endeavour to end violence against women.

In September, 2008 the group approached the City of Quesnel to request that this monument be erected at the end of Bowron Avenue along the Riverfront Trail Walk.  

September, 2010 marked the completion of this monument and is engraved with the following names: Mary Jane Jimmie; Julia Baptiste; Roxanne Thiara; Tiffany McKinney; Deena Lyn Braem; Dorothee Huguette McLaughlin; Leah Marie Faulkner; Mary Mae Dick; Barbara Anne Lanes; Julie Oakley Parker.
Click here for a thank you to everyone who helped out.






OVISTA Project

Our Vision Is Stopping The Abuse

Project Duration:  3 years

Funders:  Status of Women Canada, Quesnel Women's Resource Centre




On Oct 7th, 2011 staff and community representatives of the QWRC held an initial meeting with various social services and Aboriginal organizations. From this initial meeting, it became clear that there is a demonstrated need for better coordination among groups to address violence against women in our community. Many groups representing different populations of women are working with women and girls who are experiencing violence and abuse in their lives.  It also became apparent from this initial meeting that there are barriers and stigma attached to accessing certain anti-violence services or the justice system; and that some potential support services and systems may not be culturally sensitive or sensitive to the needs of various populations of more marginalized women.  The research will center on women accessing services that address violence against women and girls in our community, why women access certain services and not others and their experiences with violence and abuse in their lives.  Aboriginal and young women are at particularly high risk of violence.  Rates of violence against Aboriginal women are more than three times higher than for non-Aboriginal women.  The project will be driven by the viewpoints and feedback we receive and it is our hope that we can arrange for better coordination among service providers who address these issues.


Our goal is to establish working partnerships with women & girls, local organizations, community leaders and various stakeholders to explore the issue of violence against women.  Our secondary goal is to develop a coordinated community response in the context of our local issues and needs. 

We will uncover barriers to accessibility and strategize to reduce and diminish those barriers. We will analyze various institutional mechanisms, models, strategies, frameworks, and policies to see if they are meeting the needs of the affected women we have identified. We will identify initiatives that would reduce violence against women in our community. 



Laverne Meyer




 Thank you Laverne!