Mission Statement

Our mission is support immigrant, newcomer and refugee women and their family members of all generations to become fully participating members of Canadian society who are self-sufficient, financially secure, safe, happy, healthy and socially active. We accomplish this by enhancing our clients’ individual functioning skills and by facilitating their access to resources, agencies, and community services.

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History

Events throughout over 30 years of service!

A collage of events
  • 1978  A group of women working and living in Rexdale begin to meet in order to discuss the issues of isolated immigrant women in the area. The Rexdale Immigrant Women's Project begins in order to lessen the isolation experienced by immigrant women. This is an innovative community program where trained volunteers facilitate self-help groups for women of a similar ethnic background. The Project begins its operations out of The Thistledown Regional Centre.
  • 1980  The self-help groups move out of immigrant women's homes and into the community (churches, community centres and libraries). With increased financial support for the Project, women from the groups begin to take over the responsibilities of running the groups, as paid facilitators.
  • 1981  The Project moves its operation to the Albion Mall and changes its name to The Rexdale Women's
    Centre (RWC).
  • 1982  Incorporation of the Rexdale Women's Centre. Expansion of the Centre's services to include: skill development programs and information and referral. Development of RWC's first video: "No More Strangers", which relates the experiences of immigrant women living in Rexdale.
  • 1983  RWC moves to a new location on Dixon Road. RWC participates in the development of other women's service in Rexdale, such as Ernestine's Women's Shelter.
  • 1984  RWC works with the community to establish Rexdale Community MicroSkills Development Centre, a technical skills training program for immigrant women.
  • 1985  RWC produces their second video: "Tapestry: Images of Immigrant Women", which provides an overview of the problems encountered by immigrant women in dealing with "professionals".
  • 1986  RWC initiates an Etobicoke study and research project of female survivors of violence.
  • 1988  RWC initiates and hosts Rexdale’s first International Women's Day Celebration - drawing over 100 women of all nationalities to the multi-lingual event. RWC celebrates its tenth year of service to the community by hosting a dinner and honouring volunteers who have contributed to the development of the organization.
  • 1989  RWC becomes a United Way of Greater Toronto member agency. RWC undergoes an internal review of services and programs in relation to the needs of low-income immigrant women in the community. RWC provides culturally and linguistically sensitive services and programs to the multi-cultural community of Rexdale. RWC hires multi-cultural, multi-lingual staff to service the immigrant women's community of Rexdale. RWC initiates new programs: English as a Second Language program and Settlement and Supportive Counselling.
  • 1991  RWC expands services to Somali immigrant women and their dependants.
  • 1992  RWC undertakes renovations of thier office space.
  • 1994  RWC provides settlement services to Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian newcomers from the Former Yugoslavia.
  • 1995  RWC offers services to Italian and Urdu speaking women. RWC completes eight month of community consultations to determine community needs and develop strategic directions for RWC.
  • 1996  RWC expands services to Ghanaian newcomers and their dependants.
  • 1997  RWC co-locates main office with the Rexdale Community Health Centre and integrates reception and in-take services and develops co-ordinated service delivery.
  • 1998  RWC provides services for court-mandated batterers. RWC begins three-year project for
    Ethno-Cultural Seniors.
  • 1999  RWC opens a satellite LINC location at 925 Albion Road. RWC offers settlement services in local public junior, middle and high school.
  • 2000  RWC computerizes client services information.
  • 2001  RWC produces a resource guide on how to empower ethno-cultural seniors to participate actively within the community entitled, “Organizing Ethno-cultural Seniors for Action: A How-To Resource Guide to Effectively Empower Multi-Cultural Seniors to Advocate for Better Community Services”. RWC embarks on three years of work to increase the participation of ethno-cultural seniors in the community.
  • 2002  RWC opens School Readiness program in the Dixon-Kipling Community.
  • 2003  RWC celebrates 25 years of service in the community.
  • 2004  RWC moves to new location on Westmore Drive.
  • 2005  RWC offers Life Story Telling Project and Summer Day Camp for Ethno-Cultural Seniors.
  • 2006  RWC expands services to Gujarati speaking newcomers and their dependants.
  • Present  In the past 12 months, our dedicated staff served 9,344 clients and provided 79,786 services, paving the way for the future success of the organization