The Nest Egg Club

We have established the Nest Egg Club to recognize and honour those generous donors who have made provisions for a future or planned gift to WINGS through a bequest, annuity, life insurance policy or trust agreement.

All our supporters, members and individuals in the community are invited to join the Nest Egg Club by making arrangements for a legacy gift to WINGS.

What is the Laurette Braconnier Endowment Fund?

The Laurette Braconnier Endowment Fund enables donors to arrange legacy gifts to WINGS. Named in loving memory of Laurette Braconnier, former President of the Board of Directors and long-time WINGS supporter, the Laurette Braconnier Endowment Fund is managed through the Edmonton Community Foundation to provide an annual revenue stream to support our programs and services.

Facts About Family Violence

While not all children who witness violence suffer direct physical abuse, they frequently develop long-term behavioural and psychological problems. Exposure to violence can affect children’s brain development and ability to learn, and lead to a wide range of behavioural and emotional issues such as anxiety, aggression, bullying, phobias, and insomnia.

(Child Abuse/Children Exposed to Violence Information Sheet, Alberta Children and Youth Services, October 2008. Available: http://www.child.alberta.ca/home/images/familyviolence/doc_opfvb_sheet_child_colour.pdf)

Violence against women happens in all cultures and religions, in all ethnic and racial communities, at every age, and in every income group.

Women's Voices

"I am a mom living in WINGS at the moment with my beautiful kids. I came to WINGS because I was in another shelter, which was only a 21 day stay. They suggested I go to WINGS because they provide support and have programs that help with domestic abuse.

I came to Canada as an immigrant and met my spouse here. I was physically and mentally abused by my spouse. He isolated me from society. I wasn’t allowed to go to work or to school. I wasn’t even allowed to go grocery shopping or to visit family or friends.

WINGS changed that for me. They helped me to grow and showed me that I have the right to be treated as a human being. My counsellor is the best; she helps me to deal with my situation. Now I can speak; I am independent. I can drive a car and I am looking forward to going to school and work. Thanks to WINGS I can get financially stable and they have made me stronger and a more positive person. This place is a home to me and my children and I wish I could stay here forever."