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June 13, 2024

The Unseen Arts Hub

Giving Voice and Strength to Homeless Women The Unseen Arts Hub, a remarkable initiative that brings together a collective of women who have experienced homelessness. Through the power of art, conversation, and workshops, they share stories with the world, aiming to raise awareness and drive meaningful change. For the past four years, the Unseen Arts […]

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May 28, 2024

Standing Strong

Standing Strong: Honouring the Bravery of Survivors of Domestic Violence As advocates working closely with women who have survived domestic violence, we witness firsthand the immense courage and resilience they embody every day. These women often come to us at their most vulnerable, having endured heartbreak, fear, and trauma while navigating a system that should […]

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May 13, 2024

More than the sum of our scars

Driving home under the quiet sky,   A song drifts through the radio’s soft sigh.   A voice, tender from the north,   Spoke of scars and their worth. “We are more than the sum of our scars,” she said,   A simple truth, profound and widespread.   Her words, like a gentle embrace,   […]

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April 8, 2024

Love Bombing

Love Bombing: Control and abuse wrapped in a pretty package Perpetrators of domestic violence often don’t start their relationships by being violent or abusive. They often start their relationships with a different type of manipulation that can come across as love and affection, which I think makes it that much scarier. This tactic is called, […]

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October 17, 2023

Working Together

Stepping into Bonnie’s for my placement, I felt a whirlwind of feelings. I was buzzing with excitement – this was my final placement, the one where I’d show all I’ve learned. But with new beginnings come those jittery nerves. I knew this experience would be unlike any other. Still, I’m the type to focus on […]

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September 12, 2023

My journey to Bonnie’s

During my university years, I worked on a project with HoMie, a non-profit addressing youth homelessness. That experience deeply moved me and inspired me to make a real difference. After graduating, I entered the corporate scene, hitting the expected milestones but always feeling a void. My wish to contribute meaningfully to the lives of those […]

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August 16, 2023

Life Admin

When I first decided to move out of home, it was a surreal feeling of taking my first triumphant step into real adulthood. The thought of having my own apartment made me flutter with excitement. I was ready to become a responsible and independent adult.   But – in the first few days of moving in, […]

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August 11, 2023

Love ain’t always easy, but it shouldn’t be hard

My grandparents were married for 63 years. Their love story is truly one for the ages. They met when they were dance instructors at the Surreyville Dance Hall in Sydney. My grandfather proposed in 1950 at the Trocadero dance hall while they were dancing. The Canadian 3-step, La Bamba and the Jazz Waltz were some […]

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July 17, 2023

How to Help Kids Understand Grief and Loss

I’ve been working with a beautiful family who have experienced a significant loss and disruption in their lives. Despite this big change, the Mum, in particular, is doing an amazing job in helping her kids process the loss so that they can still see a bright future. Experiencing grief is never easy and can be […]

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March 28, 2023

Home and the Song of Memory

I’ve been thinking about home, in all its different forms. Home can represent the heart of memory. And memory in turn provides meaning to our experiences. It is a significant part of our identity: the why of who we are. Dulled by our tendency to move on from the more painful ones, or strengthened by […]

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March 8, 2023

Our Inner Strength, As Women

Here at Bonnie’s, workers often take turns writing blogs, about our personal experiences or those of clients we’d like to share. This time round I just couldn’t think of anything to write about until a colleague asked me what it was that stood out for me most in my line of work. Immediately, the first […]

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February 22, 2023

The Beauty of Art in Expressing Violence

“Remembering our Sisters”, Photo by CHERIE WINTER via Bingara Visitor Information Centre My interest in the visual arts combined with work in the domestic violence sector means I’m always on the lookout for avenues where the concept of violence is explored or presented in an unusual way. Art to me provides an excellent vehicle for […]

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