The CircleEMPOWERING YOUTH FOR A BETTER TOMORROW
Our programs follow children and youth throughout their development. Exposure to messages that build upon one another from elementary to high school means consistent learning and practising of skills to build healthy relationships.
Committed to fostering respect, courage, diversity, connection and innovation.
The Circle, formerly SWOVA, has worked for more than two decades to address violence in all forms. Founded as a ‘wake-up call’ for action against gender-based violence, The Circle has become a champion of information on individual rights and protection and has developed education programs and awareness initiatives to address discrimination and violence based on gender, race, sexual orientation, age and ability.
The Circle’s youth programs encourage young people to challenge assumptions and learn skills that foster healthy, equal relationships. The Circle believes that all human beings should be free to develop their personal abilities and make choices without the limitations set by stereotypes, rigid gender roles and prejudices.
We envision inclusive and gender-equitable communities living violence-free.
To treat each other with consideration and dignity, fostering self-respect and respect for others.
To speak, act, and advocate for what is right, working for social justice and persevering against social injustice.
To include different voices and perspectives with an understanding and appreciation for all.
To seek opportunities for collaboration and effective partnerships that foster caring and belonging in communities.
To be flexible and responsive in addressing the unique and changing needs of the communities we serve.
Supporting and Allied Organizations
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Program Participants in 2019-20
News & Events
When Adele Mark was fifteen, she moved with her parents from Los Angeles, a city of 13 million people where she had lived all of her life, to Salt Spring Island, Canada. A place she thought of at the time as a remote island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with more...
Kate Nash has been our Programs and Development Coordinator and the facilitator of the Pass It On and Respect programs for more than ten years. Adele Mark, our Marketing and Communications assistant at The Circle interviewed Kate to hear her reflections on her work...
Do you want to know what our Pass it On Boys program is all about? Participants of last year’s program tell in this video about what Pass it On Boys did for them. “I am able to express myself here, where I can’t always at school or at home,” says Liam Walsh. “I can be...
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