The Estevan chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women is planning a couple of upcoming events.
The first event, Step Up: Creating Healthy Relationships, will be held on Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at the Estevan Royal Canadian Legion's Small Hall, in conjunction with International Women's Day. Organizers want the public to realize the scope of physical and verbal partner abuse in the community and around the world.
The event will focus on domestic violence, and what is being done, or needs to be done, to prevent it.
Diane Delaney, the coordinator for the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services, will be the keynote speaker, and she will share her recent research.
Following her speech, there will be a panel of local experts, including author Dee Dee Chomyk, Alternatives to Violence Program representative Rod Watson, Estevan Comprehensive School social worker Jody Tweed, Estevan Police Service Sergeant Kevin Reed and Envision Counselling and Support Centre volunteer Lorelei Lachambre.
The panel will be moderated by Gail Barrett from Prairie Energy Counselling Services.
The club's other upcoming event is the annual author's banquet on Friday, May 2 at the Days Inn's Taylorton Room. The guest speaker will be author Melanie Schnell, who grew up in the Lampman area.
Schnell will speak about her award-winning book, While the Sun is Above Us, which depicts the lives of a female Canadian aid worker and a Sudanese woman. It explores themes of endurance and hope.
A scholarship will be presented during the banquet to a female student who will be pursuing post-secondary education. There will also be a silent auction featuring many books.