Who We Are

WINGS - Women In Need Growing Stronger

WINGS offers a second-stage shelter and affordable housing for women with children who have experienced family violence.

At WINGS, we address the social, psychological, and health issues affecting women and children, extending our programs inclusively to clients of all races, cultural, and religious backgrounds.

We are proud to be part of a continuum of support to women and children leaving family violence. Together, through ongoing collaboration with the family violence prevention sector, we aim to reduce and eliminate family violence.

WINGS is a non-profit organization.
CRA # – 119 300 549 RR0 001

Our Mission

To provide comprehensive transitional programs and independent living in a safe, secure, supportive, and healthy environment for women with children who have experienced family violence.

Our Vision

Women and children are empowered to live safe and independent lives within a supportive community that has zero tolerance for family violence.

Board of Directors

Cathy Jo Kickham
Ellie Merrick
Leigh Newton
Dr. Moira Walker
Marta Burns
Sister Germaine Chalifoux
Linda Churchill
Katie Clackson
Jonathan Kitteringham
Nicholas Leong
Laurette Morris
Heidi Watson
Tami Wetmore
Dr. Cynthia Zutter

Women's Voices

"For nearly 10 years I have dealt with an abusive cycle: being with the father of my children. I had exhausted all my options trying to leave on several occasions. Knowing what abuses were to come, it was clear I had to find another way out. I swallowed my pride and went to a women’s shelter. This was where I heard of WINGS.

At first I did not apply since I was determined to do it on my own. However a single mother with three children on income support cannot find housing at reasonable costs. With only a few days left at the women’s shelter, I applied for WINGS.

Now I have an apartment of my own and my children are safe. Having people there to help me through this transition has been most reassuring. My counsellor has been there to help me while I attain proper paperwork to help keep myself, as well as my children, safe. Breaking an abusive cycle alone has never worked out for me. Now I am more confident that I can finally be free this time.

Without WINGS I had nowhere safe to go and probably would have ended back living with my children’s father. Without my counsellors support I would have never applied for an Emergency Protective Order which was something I should have done long ago. I am excited to get my children back in a routine with a proper lifestyle. They deserve it."