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100 Years of Mothers: From There to Here

April 20th, 2011

100 Years of Mothers: From There to Here

100 Years of Mothers:

Motherhood from there to here

May 5th, 2011, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

An Afternoon Tea hosted by Central Neighbourhood House

As times change, mothers adapt to meet the new roles that they are expected to play. In the last century, Canadian society has been dramatically transformed by shifts in immigration, gender and class relations, as well as career, education and lifestyle patterns. These trends have each impacted motherhood and what it means to be a ‘mother’.

Join Central Neighbourhood House for an early afternoon Tea and panel discussion with diverse perspectives on how motherhood has changed over the last 100 years.


Safia Hirsi (Central Neighbourhood House Women's Program Coordinator)
Cyndy Baskin (Social Work, Ryerson University)
Margaret Alexander (Ontario Association of Interval and Transitional Houses/ George Brown College)

Moderated by:

Pamela Couture (Emmanuel College, University of Toronto)


Central Neighbourhood House
349 Ontario Street (just south of Gerrard)

Download our 100 Years of Mothers Poster

RSVP to Alexis Kane Speer or 416-925-4363 x 121 by April 29, 2011

This event is free, but you must register to attend!

Visit us on FaceBook: Central Neighbourhood House 100th Anniversary 

Made possible with the generous support of:

    Cabbagetown Regent Park Community Museum   Ontario Trillium Foundation  



Panelists Biographies

Safia Hirsi left Somalia in 1990, living briefly in Holland before immigrating to Canada in 1994. A George Brown College graduate, Safia has been working at Central Neighbourhood House for eight years in the Women's Program. She coordinates the Women's Club, which opperates programming in five different languages to over 200 women. Safia is the mother of three children and is passionate about issues facing women today, particularly violence against women.

Cyndy Baskin, PhD, is of Mi’kmaq and Celtic descent, originally from NB, and has been living in Toronto for many years. She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. Her teaching and research interests involve working with Aboriginal communities - especially on how Aboriginal world views can inform social work education, spirituality in social work practice, anti-racist inclusive schooling, post-colonial theories and practices, and decolonizing research methodologies. She is inspired by many strong Indigenous women, her spirituality and the learners who engage with her in their efforts to make the world a better place for all.

Magaret Alexander is a Project Manager with the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH). She is also a teacher at George Brown College in the Assaulted Women and Children's Counselor/Advocate Program. Margaret has been an activist and educator in the women's anti-violence movement for over 16 years. She has worked in both women's shelter and rape crisis services, developing programming that provided support and advocacy to women who had experienced violence, as well as delivering anti-oppression training to frontline shelter workers all over the province.

Pamela D. Couture is the Jane and Geoffrey Martin Chair of Church and Community at Emmanuel College of Victoria University at the University of Toronto. Her first book, Blessed Are the Poor? Women’s Poverty, Family Policy, and Practical Theology (Abingdon Press, 1991) explored the feminization of poverty, the stigma attached to single parent mothers, and the advocacy of theological reformers Martin Luther and John Wesley on behalf of the poor mothers of their day. Her additional books, Seeing Children, Seeing God: A Practical Theology of Children and Poverty (Abingdon Press, 2000) and Child Poverty: Love, Justice and Social Responsibility (Chalice Press, 2007) discuss children, poverty, and the role of Biblical, theological, and ecclesial norms that support children, locally and globally.

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