Aug 26 2020


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Lunch and Learn (Virtual Event): The history of WIN House – Edmonton’s first women’s shelter

When: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 12:00 – 1:00 PM MST

Where: Online Event via Zoom (Register here) This is a Zoom session, you must register to attend. (Registration is free)


Lynn Hannley, Managing Director of Communitas and early founder of WIN House
Rose-Marie McCarthy, Catholic Women’s League and early founder of WIN House


Join us in our series of free lunchtime talks about social issues and learn about diverse ways to help create a community in which all people are full and valued participants. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Lunch and Learn event has moved to an online format.

To mark the 50th anniversary of WIN House (Women in Need), its storied history has been captured in a new book, WINning: The Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs of Opening a Women’s Shelter by Marsha Mildon. The book tells the story of how a disparate group of women (and a few men) in the late 1960s/early 1970s saw a need to help women and young girls coming to Edmonton with no place to go, and found a way to address that need by starting a women’s shelter during a time when the concept was an unknown entity. The book chronicles the 50-year history and the stories of the people and organizations (including the Edmonton Social Planning Council) who founded, funded, volunteered, and stayed at the Edmonton Women’s Shelter and the subsequent shelters, WIN House I, WIN House II, and WIN House III (Carol’s House).

Lynn Hannley and Rose-Marie McCarthy, two of the early founders of WIN House, will deliver a presentation about the book and share some of the stories and notable developments in the women’s shelter movement.

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  • Timezone: Europe/Berlin
  • Date: Aug 26 2020
  • Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Susan Morrissey

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Jenn Rossiter

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Rowan El-Bialy

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Brett Lambert

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