What’s in a Piece of Cloth?

I remember, as a sensitive child and self-conscious adolescent, I never liked the idea of looking “funny.” I shrunk from wearing any type of attire that might attract negative attention to myself—real or imagined. As a young adult, I no longer spent as much time worrying about “puffy” hair or bulgy outfits, yet I still found it a challenge to put on the Islamic hijab, a cloth worn by Muslim women to cover their hair and necks. This attire certainly did attract attention—and much of it negative.

So what’s in a piece of cloth? Why did I choose to put it on my head? What did—and now does–it mean to me? Continue reading

Meet Kim, Counsellor at SASS for Women

Today we are delving in and taking a closer look at Kim Bauersfeld, counsellor at Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) for Women of SDG&A.

Kim spending time with her dog Alice

Kim spending time with her dog, Alice

Kim began working in the social service industry more than 16 years ago. For the past 7 years, Kim has been counselling women at SASS. She has an average of 20 clients at any given time, all survivors of sexual violence. Continue reading

Guest Blogger – More Hair

We’ve been talking an awful lot about hair lately, in fact it’s all we’ve been talking about really. One of our great volunteers got thinking about it and asked if she could add her 2 cents into the chat. So, without further ado, here is her hair story.


As a kid I never really thought about body hair, I never noticed it on other people and never really noticed it on myself. It was just hair. I remember the day I looked down at the tiny blonde hairs on my legs; it was Grade 6 and gym class. I looked at my legs and my friend’s legs, and I was the only one out of the girls who had hairy legs. I was confused; they never said anything but they did treat me differently compared to everyone else. I started to think “was that the reason? “, Continue reading

The Love/Hate Relationship with My Body Hair – Part 3

I left off with my success story in finding sugar lady Sara and becoming a hairless meerkat. This hairless state lasted for several years, throughout most of my university experience. I never missed a hair removal appointment, and shaved arms and legs almost daily.  By the time I reached my last year of university I was getting fed up.  Continue reading

The Love/Hate Relationship with My Body Hair – Part 2

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the relationship I have with my body hair, a love/hate one to be exact.  I left off with finally being allowed to shave my legs. I immediately began to hate the whole process of constantly shaving my legs and arm pits.  Unfortunately, this obsession with hair indeed continues.

As a late-blooming, not part of the “in crowd” yet not quite an outcast, and overall average girl, life in high school felt extremely difficult.  Whether I was battling my mom on the functionality and affordability of UGG boots or complaining to a teacher about the date of our next Biology test being right after a dance, high school seemed like a constant battle. Continue reading

The Love/Hate Relationship with My Body Hair – Part 1

The first time I remember being aware of my body hair was when I was about 12 years old.  I was convinced that my dark hair was so incredibly obvious that the first thing everyone immediately noticed about me was my manly, hairy legs. I thought people were disgusted by them, by me.  I wanted desperately to shave my hairy legs and have the silky smooth look that I was certain the pretty and popular girls at my school always had (not to mention all of the beautiful women on television).   Seeing as I hadn’t yet hit puberty and barely had the tiniest amount of peach fuzz Continue reading

What to watch on TV tonight….

Hey all! Do you know what day it is? (Hint: It’s Thursday) Do you know what that means…? Scandal is on tonight!!!!  I’m super excited about this show and can’t wait to tell you why.

BELLAMY YOUNG, DARBY STANCHFIELD, JEFF PERRY, TONY GOLDWYN, KERRY WASHINGTON, SCOTT FOLEY, JOSHUA MALINA, GUILLERMO DIAZ, KATIE LOWES

I don’t watch a ton of TV. Needless to say, in January when my mom insisted I follow Scandal with her, I wasn’t too excited.  This show is on it’s fourth season and I honestly have no idea what is going on over half of the time.  I really wasn’t sold on the show until last week’s episode.  Talk about girl power.  Continue reading

Emotional Creature Speaker Bio Series: Jessica Legue

Our exciting “I am an Emotional Creature” March Break Camp starts on Monday.  We have some awesome guest speakers coming in next week to talk about all kinds of issues, from body image to international violence against women.  If it’s important to young women, we’ll be opening the discussion. Today we are highlighting Jessica Legue, CrossFit Instructor at Summit Health Fitness. Continue reading

Emotional Creature Speaker Bio Series: Lee-Ann O’Brien

We are only days away from our highly anticipated “I am an Emotional Creature” March Break Camp.  Next week we are going to be talking about issues from body image to international violence against women.  If it’s important to young women, we’ll be opening the discussion. Throughout the week, we will be welcoming several guest speakers from our community, top notch authorities in their fields, to chat with us about these important issues.   One of these special guests, and who we are highlighting today, is Lee-Ann O’Brien, Akwesasne Mohawk Police Services officer.   Continue reading

Emotional Creature Speaker Bio Series: Carilyne Hébert

Next week SASS is hosting our March Break Camp for teen girls, “I am an Emotional Creature”.  During the week we will be talking about issues from body image to international violence against women.  If it’s important to young women, we’ll be opening the discussion.  Over the week we will be welcoming several guest speakers from our community.  Today we are highlighting Carilyne Hébert, local politician.   Continue reading