On June 25, 2017 we are walking and running in the Scotiabank Half Marathon and 5K in support of BWSS because safety changes everything!

When a woman feels safe in her life it frees her to envision, to pursue, and to create the life she wants; a life she deserves. BWSS works with thousands of women and girls each year to have that safety through their crisis line, victim service team, counselling, legal advocacy, employment program, and support groups.

Make your sponsorship dollar go further as we head to our $30,000 goal!

A generous sponsor has pledged to match all donations made today until June 23rd, up to $10,000!

Take advantage of this exciting chance to have your generosity matched dollar for dollar. Support the safety of women and girls by sponsoring our team now!


Jasmine Taviss

My name is Jasmine Taviss and I am participating in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge because I would like to help build awareness around the impact of violence against women and girls within our community. I am also participating to help bring awareness around the integral  programs that BWSS runs that support women and girls who are on their path to healing.


Monica Demsky & Mango

Since I was 12 I have been involved in some charity or other.  I feel that one has to give back and play a part in bettering our society.  I am participating in this event to encourage everyone to do so because if I am willing to do it after 9 hip surgeries then no one has any excuse not to take part in this worthy cause.

Mango is a rescue dog and I adopted him when he was 4.  He is the mascot at My Sister’s Closet, an ecothrift boutique serving as a social enterprise of Battered Women’s Support Services .  He is a little guy but he thinks he can walk 5 km.  When I adopted him, he had a broken hip that had healed.  If this little guy can do it then no one has any excuse not to take part in this worthy cause.

Jessica Ly

My name is Jessica and I have been a volunteer with BWSS for several years now. I am running the Scotiabank 5k this coming June 25 to fundraise for this amazing organization!  I am supporting BWSS because of the fantastic work that they do and the resources that they provide to women and girls living with violence in their lives.

Growing up I experienced violence at home and have also had many close friends injured by their partners. Where I lived there were limited resources and no information about what help was available so these incidents were not reported and escalated. Supporting BWSS is my way of making sure women and girls now and in the future have access to help when and if they should ever need it.

Stay tuned next week to meet more of team #KNOWMORE…