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On March 8th, Let's Talk About It

The Redwood invites you to celebrate, reflect, and take action with us this International Women's Day. 

Please join us for a cocktail reception, a documentary film screening, followed by an engaging panel discussion. 

We will be screening Let's Talk About It, a powerful documentary by Deepa Mehta. The film focuses on children, the innocent and often forgotten victims of domestic violence, and allows the audience to bear witness as they break the silence and secrecy of family abuse for the first time.

"Children are our greatest teachers and I hope this film helps to fuel meaningful action and commitment to stop the cycle of family abuse and give voice to every child and parent living in the unspoken despair of an abusive home."

- Deepa Mehta


Gratitude Report 2016

We are pleased to announce the release of our annual report The Redwood Gratitude Report 2016. We are delighted to share with you just a few moments of joy, inspiration, and love that your gifts make possible.  Thank you for your amazing support of the women and children living here at The Redwood!

Or click here to download a copy of the printed version of our Gratitude Report 2016.

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with ECHOage, a birthday party website that helps kids give to charity while getting great gifts. The birthday boy or girl gets to choose any birthday gifts they want AND make a donation to The Redwood. Your child's next birthday is the perfect occasion to give to others while getting birthday gifts they will always remember. And the best part? ECHOage makes it so easy - and fun! - to give.


You can also ECHOage ANY event!  Bridal shower, baby shower, retirement party, anniversary parties, you name it

Click here to start planning your next ECHOage party!

We are delighted to announce Abi Ajibolade as The Redwood's new Executive Director.  As the shelter manager of The Redwood since 2007, Abi's breadth of experience, knowledge of violence against women, leadership in developing and implementing new programs, and dedication to social justice ensures a perfect match for the work that lies ahead.

"I have been working for change in women's lives for over 20 years - in partnership with women, community workers, policy-makers and funders. It's an incredible honour to have been selected as the new executive director. I am fortunate to have such a solid foundation from which to continue the important services for women and children fleeing abuse and the innovative programming  The Redwood is known for. As we enter our third decade of operation, I am looking forward to seeing our vision and mission come alive within our communities as I work together with each of you to continue to create opportunities to collaborate, enhance learning and support dynamic change."

Abi's career has spanned the non-profit and government sectors. Before joining The Redwood as a Legal and Education Counsellor in 2004, she played a leading  role in the federal government of Nigeria's legal system and was an integral part of a committee involved in a nation-wide human rights legislation review.

Abi has sat on the Board of Directors for Ernestine's Women's Shelter and is a member of many other organizations working for social justice, dedicating most of her community work to empowering young people and women. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B) HONS, a certificate as a Crisis Prevention  Intervention Instructor and is a current member of the Prevention of Sexual Violence and Harassment Project Advisory Committee for the Ontario Coalition of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI).

Please join us in welcoming Abi as The Redwood's new executive director.

Our Fall newsletter is out! If you would like to read more about how volunteers and donors of The Redwood are making long-lasting change in the lives of women and kids, please click here

The Redwood is proud to celebrate National Volunteer Week! We are so thankful to all of our volunteers, who donate their time and love to help women and kids at The Redwood heal from abuse.

Check out some of our featured volunteers on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/theredwoodto

Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers!

Celebrate a special occassion with a gift from our online Safe Haven Store!  Honour someone special with a symbolic gift, and make an immediate difference in the lives of women and kids fleeing abuse at The Redwood.  To find out how you can help, visit our store!

Thank you for attending the recent conference on Safety Assessment and Risk Management. For more information click here!

Check out the video!   

The Redwood has been recognized with a Diversity in Governance Award for embracing diversity at the highest levels of our organization. Check out this fantastic video about our work - and big thanks to Maytree Canada and the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance for this incredible honour!  

Winners of the Diversity in Governance Awards with Premier Dalton McGuinty.