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Upcoming Events

Our fundraising helps us support women and their children in our community who need help.  

Get involved! Below is a list of the ways we fundraise and how you can help these women:

1. Let Them Howl: 
An Evening of Entertainment Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Votes for Women

This year marks the hundredth anniversary of voting rights for women in Canada! "Let Them Howl," an evening of entertainment on Sat., Apr. 7 at Revival House in Stratford, will commemorate this milestone. The name is inspired by the daring words of suffragist Nellie McClung: "Never explain, never retract, never apologize, just get the thing done and let them howl."

This event has been made possible through the support of ZONTA Stratford, The Space Within, Jean Hewitt, and others. Tickets $25 – Available at CIBC (Stratford),, and at the door. Profits go to Optimism Place. Freewill offering and/or perishable food items appreciated.


2. Walk A Mile In Her Shoes®

2018 Walk: Saturday, April 21, 2018.
Walk starts at 1pm at the Festival Market Place Shopping Centre, Stratford, Ontario.
Visit the event page for complete information.

3. Women of the Year Awards 2018

Congratulations to the 2017 Women of the Year Winners. Front: Arlene Jillard, Gabrielle Hershey,
Sherry Kresky, Jayne Trachsel. Back: Patti Brine, Krista Denstedt, Christine Francis, Christy Bertrand.

2018 event date and information coming soon
Best Western Plus, The Arden Park Hotel
Visit the event page for complete information.

4. Hillary Rodham Clinton (HRC) Purple T-Shirts

Support Optimism Place by purchasing a 'Nasty Woman' t-shirt available at Optimism Place.
Limited Sizes available.
$15.00 each. Sizes - women's small to 2 XL. Women's cut t-shirt.
Contact Deb to purchase at Optimism Place: 519-271-5310 x23.

4. Christmas Season 2018

Children's Christmas Gift Donations
Contact: Sally Clarke 519-271-5310 x 11

For all other Christmas Gift Donations
Call Julie and/or Phyllis 519-271-5310 x 31. 

Visit this page regularly for updates on our upcoming events and news; also, 
don't forget to explore the Get Involved menu above.


24 HOUR CRISIS LINE: 519-271-5550 or 1-800-265-8598 ; © Copyright 2016 Optimism Place Women's Shelter and Support Services. All Rights Reserved. Charitable Registration Number:130639396RR001