Today, I had the pleasure of visiting Mohawk College’s Fennell Avenue West Campus to hold two soap making workshops in collaboration with Mohawk College’s Social Inc. as well as Interval House – both of which I am a strong advocate for.
As part of this collaboration, I had the pleasure of teaching 2 workshop classes, one in the morning consisting of around 10 faculty members of Mohawk College and another in the afternoon featuring around 25 students of the college as well.
Each session was a great success with both faculty and students being greeted by the magnificent Maddie Brockbank from Interval House who held a talk discussing the dangers of domestic abuse as well as the different types of abuse and how to look out for them before moving on to making a variety of glycerin based soaps with me both for them to take home as well as the option to donate their soap which Interval House who would pass on to women and children in need who are escaping domestic violence.
I had a fantastic time making soap with everyone as well as learning more myself about domestic abuse and the signs to look out for in others to be able to appropriately provide support where they may need it as well as hearing about the excellent work that Interval House do around the city and I hope to work with both again in the future.
Interval House is Canada’s first centre for women survivors of intimate partner violence and their children. Founded in 1973 by a feminist collective, they have always had a pioneering spirit, taking a holistic approach to helping women and children leave abuse behind and start new lives, free of violence.
Social Inc. is located at all three Mohawk College campuses, providing a safer, respectful and positive space for all students. Established in 2012, Social Inc. is grounded in human rights, celebrates and promotes inclusion while working to identify, prevent and eliminate discrimination.