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Who We Are

The Status of Women Committee (SWC) advocates for all women and women-identified members of OSSTF by providing support and education on local, provincial and global issues affecting women. Promotes women to be leaders, mentors and role models who strive towards making our work environment inclusive, safe, and equitable.

Winter Warmth

Annually, OSSTF D16 T/OT raises funds to support the Women’s Center of York Region with their Winter Warmth Program.  The fundraiser provides tangible support to help women experiencing violence and poverty by providing the items they need to survive the winter months and a bit extra to celebrate the holidays with their children. Through Winter Warmth, women receive gift cards, stockings for children, pampered pillowcases for the moms, and small gifts for the children.

Winter Warmth Liaison  ~  Winter Warmth Poster  ~  Direct Donation to WCYR

SWC Scholarship 
Personal Reflection

The status of women committee of District 16 - York Region T/OT is proud to offer three scholarships of $500, one student entering a university program, and one student entering a college program, and one to a student in a trade college program.

The deadline to apply, including the teacher recommendation form is Friday, May, 17th, 2024, at 4:00pm.  Scholarship recipients will be notified in early June.


Criteria and Application Requirements

Application Form ~ Teacher Recommendation Form

Community Resources

Women Center of York Region 
Shelter Safe

Sandgate Women’s Shelter or York Region 

360 Kids

Yellow Brick House

Belinda’s Place 

Family Law Education for Women

FSYR –Family Service York Region


Crisis Hotlines


Kids Helpline 1-800-668-6868

Toronto Rape Crisis Center (416) 597-1171

York Region Crisis Centre (905) 310-2673

Women’s Support Network 1-800-263-6734

Assaulted Women’s Helpline (Multi-Lingual)

Books as Resources

  • Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks

  • WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere" by Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel

  • CEO of Everything by Gail Vaz- Oxlade & Victoria Ryce

  • Daring to Drive by Manal al-Sharif

  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

  • I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

  • We Should All Be Feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

  • The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

  • Option B  by Sheryl Sandberg

  • Bossypants by Tina Fey

  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (fiction)

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