Social Recreational Program

Many women who are incarcerated often struggle with developmental delays, mental health issues, addictions and a variety of special needs. In order to help women develop some basic life and interpersonal skills, Elizabeth Fry Toronto created the Skills Building and Leisure Program. These skills help women reintegrate into the community upon release from the institution.

Volunteers provide group-based programs at the Vanier Centre for Women two times a month on -Saturdays. This program serves over 300 women every year.

Susan is a public speaker, educating people about the criminal justice system and legal rights. She exudes confidence and speaks with passion. It is hard to imagine that just a year ago, Susan was struggling with low self-esteem and was extremely shy. After a long history of incarceration, Susan was determined to change her life for the better. Susan joined the Peer Leadership program and developed public speaking skills, connected with positive role models and built her confidence. Susan is now a community educator, has re-connected with her family and is mentoring new members of the Peer Leadership program.