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Making Changes Wine Survivor – Elimination Phase

We are now down to 24 lucky survivors for a total of 21 teams still in contention to win their summer wine supply.

These 24 people have been invited to the finale wine and cheese party at Making Changes – The Walk In Closet on Thursday May 26th  when we will be distributing 456 bottles of wine .

Six (6) bottles will be given to the first team that has been completely eliminated.

The winning team will take home 247 Bottles of Wine; 2nd place 135 bottles, 3rd place 45 and 4th place 23.

Here is our final list of eliminated participants and survivors. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Eliminated Participants and Survivors May 20


Dust off Your Running Shoes and Join Team Making Changes

We would like to invite you to join Team Making Changes for this year Scotiabank Charity Challenge. This event will be held on Sunday, May 29th and there are races for all ages and fitness levels from a 5KM family walk and run to an ultra marathon. With the weather being so fantastic this winter, now is a great time for you to start your training!

You can sign up on your own or you can challenge anyone to join you whether they are fit or not. Have you considered asking your running buddies, your sport teammates, your work colleagues, your book club members or your active and coach potato friends to run or walk with you? This event is a great opportunity to spend a Sunday morning together while supporting Making Changes.

Registration is easy and to help get you started, we would like to offer $10 off your registration fee. To receive your discount promo code, email us at and let us know you want to join Team Making Changes! If you are forming a team, each participant will be entitled to the discount.

With your discount promo code, you will also receive information on how to complete the 2-step registration. By joining the Making Changes team, you will receive information and updates from the team captain this spring.

See you at the finish line!




We will be offering our next session of the Making Changes Employment and Life Skills Program starting Monday May 2, 2016.

PLACE: Salvation Army Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre, 1731 –29 Street SW T3C 1M6

REQUIREMENTS:  Permanent Resident or Convention Refugee

Minimum Canadian Language Benchmark 3

CLASSES BEGIN: May 2 – June 20, 2016; every Monday for 7 weeks (No class May 23)

TIME:   9:30 am – 3:30 pm (Bring your lunch)

Free childcare

You can also find more information about this program by consulting the program’s flyer.

In addition to our program offered to Permanent Residents at the Salvation Army Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre on Mondays starting May 2nd we have added a new program that is open to all immigrant women regardless of their status. Here are the details for this program:

PLACE: VIVO for Healthier Generations
11950 Country Village Link NE T3K 6E3

REQUIREMENTS: Open to all Immigrant Women regardless of status:
Permanent Residents, Refugees, Refugee Claimant, Citizens, Work Permit
Canadian Language Benchmark 3

CLASSES BEGIN: May 11 – June 22, 2016; every Wednesday for 7 weeks

TIME: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm (Bring your lunch)
CHILDCARE: Register for free childcare

You can also find more information about this program by consulting the program’s flyer.

To register for one of these programs, email Elaine Lupul at

Please indicate which program you want to register for and also include your telephone number, immigration status and ages of children requiring childcare.


Make Your Donation Dollar Go Farther

Making Changes is thrilled to announce that we have been selected to participate in Birdies for Kids presented by AltaLink .

If you are wondering how to make your donation dollars go farther in supporting Making Changes consider donating now through Birdies for Kids. Thanks to their matching program, not only will Making Changes receive 100% of every donation collected on our behalf but we will also receive extra funding of up to 50% of our collected donations.

Birdies for Kids is a fundraising program designed to give charities an opportunity to generate contributions through flat donations or based on the number of “birdies” made by PGA TOUR Champions players during the Shaw Charity Classic.

The Birdies for Kids campaign runs until September 4th. To make a donation, simply follow this link and your donation will automatically be directed to Making Changes. You can also make a donation by filling out a pledge form available at our office.

All funds collected will help support My Best Friend’s Closet.

Birdies for Kids - Full Colour Shield


Making Changes Video

Through the gracious and generous support of V Strategies, we have a wonderful video to share with you showcasing the rewarding work we do here at Making Changes. Please take a moment to view our video.



Welcome Cathy Coutts

The Board of Directors of Making Changes Association is pleased to announce that Cathy Coutts has joined the organization as the Executive Director, effective January 18th, 2016. Read More


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2014 – 2015 Annual Report

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We will be needing volunteers for our bingos in 2016. These fundraisers provide an important source of funding for Making Changes. Volunteering at bingos is a great way for people to support our organization and to meet other great people.  If you are interested in helping us out, please contact Patti at

Our Programs

The Walk-In Closet's mandate is to empower women by providing knowledge and a selection of work attire for their transition into the workplace.

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The Employment and Life Skills Program assists immigrant women in establishing more meaningful lives in their new society through career planning, information sharing, networking, job search skills and assertiveness training.

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My Best Friend's Closet provides teenage girls from low-income homes (ages 12-18) with a broad selection of fashionable and functional clothing to meet their back to school and recreational needs.

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You can drop off your donations for the Walk-In Closet and My Best Friend's Closet at Making Changes, 6516 1A St. SW on the following days:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am – 4 pm.

On select Saturdays also from 10 am – 4 pm.

No appointment necessary for donation drop off on these days.

More information on making donations