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44th AGM Wednesday September 13, 2017

Posted on: August 31st, 2017 by Nellie's No Comments

Notice of

44th Annual General Meeting 

 6-8:00pm, Wednesday September 13, 2017

Ralph Thornton Community Centre

765 Queen Street East, 2nd Floor

 Food, Childcare & Sign Language Interpretation Available


6:00 – 6:30 Business Meeting
6:30 – 6:45 Volunteer Recognition Ceremony
6:45 – 7:15 Light Dinner
7:15 – 8:00 Entertainment by Melissa Gamal, Professional Belly Dancer *

* Melissa Gamal is an award winning Bellydance artist based in Toronto, Canada. She has performed and taught Middle Eastern Dance across Canada, as well as in the USA, Europe and Egypt. Her authentic movement style and elegant musical interpretation have made her a beloved performer within Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. She is also an experienced instructor whose workshops are sought out by dance students for her attention to technique and her extensive knowledge of this dance style. In 2015 she co-founded Ya Amar, an entertainment company focused on offering exquisite performances of Middle Eastern dance and live music for special events.

1 Approval of Minutes of 2016 Annual General Meeting
2 Report from Board President
3 Auditor’s Report
4 Appointment of Auditor
5 Election of New Board Members
6 Meeting Adjournment

 Please RSVP to Janna at 416-461-8903 by Friday September 1 to register for childcare

Seeking Manager of Fund Development

Posted on: March 2nd, 2016 by Nellie's No Comments

Nellie's staff celebration  of International Women's Day

Summary of Duties:

Currently we are seeking an experienced, strong, visionary Manager of Fund Development to participate in setting the operational vision and goals for the organization, to develop corresponding short and long range plans for Resource Development.  Advance and manage resource development programs and projects, and serves as a central resource and support to Nellie’s across all programs and services as related to fund development. Lead our fund development team in the area of strategic planning, social media, fundraising strategies, proposal writings, database maintenance and donor relationships.

This position reports to the Executive Director and serves as a member of the management team and Fund-Development Board Advisory Committee.   We are in the process of implementing an organization transitional plan 2016-2017, in preparation to our next Strategic Plan.  Increasing fundraising revenues is essential in order to maintain relevant services for women and children fleeing violence.


1.            Fundraising

Leads the development of the overall fundraising strategy and annual revenue targets

  • Works closely with Board & management team to achieve fundraising goals
  • Ensures implementation and evaluation of the Annual giving Program including grant and foundation proposals, annual appeals, special appeals, monthly donor program, membership, planned giving, in-kind donations and donor recognition and appreciation events.
  • Develops Annual Events work plan including but not limited to Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Online Auctions, United Way Campaign, 3rd Party Events, agency’s Every Member Campaign and In-Kind donations.
  • Reviews the organization’s marketing and communications materials to ensure the organization’s mission, vision and values are reflected without compromise
  • Researches and recommends new fundraising opportunities.
  • Builds and maintains member and donor communications and recognition through a variety of means including telephone thank-you and mail campaigns, ensuring recognition through events, the newsletters and annual report.
  • Represents the agency at internal and external fundraising events
  • Responsible for the publication of newsletters & annual report
  • Educates current and potential donors about the goals and services of Nellie’s and about opportunities for giving.
  • Maintains awareness of fundraising trends and requirement and contact with the community
  • Acts a lead organizer for Capital campaigns
  • Assists in the recruitment and training of volunteers for assigned fundraising programs.
  • Acts as staff representative on the Fund Development Committee of Nellie’s Board of Directors.
  • Responsible to ensure organizational compliance with Revenue Canada Policies, Donor Bill of Rights, Ethical Principles & Standards and other relevant fundraising related policies

2.            Finance and Administration

  • Prepares the fundraising budget in consultation with the Management team including setting the fundraising targets, monitoring the donations and achieving revenue projections.
  • Prepares quarterly and annual reports for effective monitoring and evaluation of fundraising goals and plans.
  • Develops and maintains membership and donor databases
  • Oversees the development and maintenance of the website, online fundraising software and social media program

3.            Human Resources

  • Hires, trains and supervises team members including Fundraising Coordinator, Development Admin. Support Worker, any contract staff, students and volunteers in the fundraising area.

4.            General

 Responds to telephone requests for information and assistance

  • Maintains a current awareness of women’s issues
  • Public Speaking
  • Evening and weekend work
  • Assists with other duties as required, from time to time, aiding with the efficient operation of the organization

Qualifications and Experience:

Minimum 3 years progressive experience in fundraising, communications and/or marketing in the non-for-profit sector.

  • Membership with A.F.P. and C.F.R.E. certification are preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in planning, budgeting and implementing an annual fundraising plan and special events
  • 3 years staff supervising experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills; comfortable with making presentations
  • Previous experience with capital campaign and annual giving plan is an asset
  • Well-developed interpersonal relationship building skills; ability to establish excellent communication with prospects, donors, board members, members, staff and volunteers
  • Experience and sensitivity in dealing with members of different cultural and racial backgrounds, including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills; proactive, creative, self-starter, patient, diplomatic
  • Able to work under pressure and with deadlines
  • High level of energy and initiative and a proven ability to work independently
  • Ability to gather and analyze information for problem solving and decision making
  • Strong computer skills including Excel and Income Manager
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Working from an anti-racist/anti-oppression framework
  • Excellent knowledge of violence against women issues
  • Proven reliable professionalism in working in, out and across the organization.

To Apply:

Nellie’s is committed to the development of an agency that reflects the women it serves.  Applications from Aboriginal Women, World Majority Women/Women of Colour, Lesbians, Bisexual Women, Transgendered Women and Women with DisAbilities, Women who have experienced Violence and Consumer Survivors are strongly encouraged.

If your skills and experience match the requirements of this position, please mail your cover letter, resume and expected salary by Thursday March 31, 2016 to:

Nellie’s Hiring Committee

Attention: Margarita Mendez, Executive Director

970 Queen Street East

PO Box 98118

Toronto, Ontario

M4M 1J8


Faxes, emails or phone calls will not be accepted.

This position requires a criminal reference check as per Ministry requirements.

Date of Posting: Thursday March 2, 2016

Deadline: Thursday March 31, 2016

Only those being considered for interview will be contacted.

Farewell to Cindy Cowan

Posted on: May 29th, 2013 by Nellie's No Comments

Farewell Cindy

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Cindy Cowan, former Executive Director of Nellie’s lost her long battle with ovarian cancer.

Cindy died on Saturday May 25, 2013. She will be remembered for her tireless work to improve women’s living conditions and removing barriers to safety and equity.

All Staff and Board members of Nellie’s are mourning the death of our former Executive Director.

Margarita Mendez
Executive Director

Cindy’s Obituary

Globe and Mail Article “An activist faces her own mortality after ovarian cancer diagnosis.”

Mary Byberg Inspires Women To Believe A Better Life Is Possible

Posted on: May 11th, 2012 by Nellie's No Comments

Last year, Nellie’s volunteer Fundraising Chair, Mary Byberg was a recipient of Harlequin’s More Than Words Award and received a $15,000 grant for Nellie’s Shelter.

We are so pleased to announce that Harlequin has now released a fictional e-book based on Mary’s life story that will inspire other women and moms to know that there is a better life after an abusive relationship.  This e-book is available from Harlequin to download free here.

Mary has been an inspiration at Nellie’s since 2004 when she started volunteering on the Board of Directors. She has spent countless hours working hard to help raise money for our shelter, and awareness of the issues by speaking publicly about her own life experiences.

Reaching out for help and support from a shelter when she needed it most changed Mary’s life forever. And now, she’s passionate about giving back to the community and helping others find a way out.

This Mother’s Day, make time for yourself to read this wonderful story, and make your donation that will give inspiration, hope and a better future for the moms and kids who are residing at Nellie’s today.

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Nellie’s.

Nellie’s Jewelry Making Program

Posted on: March 6th, 2012 by Nellie's No Comments

As part of our International Women’s Day Blog Series we would like to introduce you to one of our staff members, Joanna. Joanna works as a counsellor at Nellie’s Shelter and she facilitates Nellie’s Jewelry Making Program.  Joanna’s love of jewelry making started at a young age as her grandmother and mother taught her how to make acorn necklaces. Soon she was making more complicated pieces such as star-quill earrings and eventually created her own custom jewelry.  Her work is grounded in authentic Native traditions and she uses procupine quills, beads and stones in a traditional style with contemporary flare.  Today Joanna shares her passion with the women and children at the shelter, showing them how to be creative and how to design their own custom jewelry.

(Beautiful pieces of jewelry made by the women at Nellie’s Shelter)

At the Jewelry Making Program, each woman creates a “One of a Kind” piece that they can be proud of owning including handmade necklaces, earrings and bracelets.  At Nellie’s we celebrate the courage that it takes to walk away from violence. We want to support women through their journey to freedom. With a holistic healing approach, we aim to provide creative and expressive ways for woman to move away from their worries and come together to focus on a new way of self expression. Creating something beautiful for themselves is time spent healing.

Many women at this group have told us that they have not had an opportunity to do something fun and creative in a long time.  Having dedicated and caring staff like Joanna guide women through this process helps them to develop self-confidence and new forms of expression.  This group is also a place for discussions to occur among women in an informal setting.  If you’d like to get involved in this program, we are always looking for items we can make jewelry with including beads, stones and gems. Next month, the women will be creating dream catchers.

Women share their thoughts on Supper Drop-In

Posted on: October 20th, 2011 by Nellie's No Comments

Last night we asked the women attending our Wednesday night Supper Drop-In Program what they like best about it.  Here is what they had to say:

“Nellie’s is saving my life. Without this I would be hungry every day.”

“When I step in, I feel that I have a family.”

(Adriana, Nellie’s Community Outreach Worker hosts the Supper Drop-In Program every Wednesday night).

“The staff, volunteers, and students are a part of our life.  Thank you Nellie’s for that.”

“My daughter loves attending the Wednesday Drop-In Program to have a warm and amazing meal and to play with the other kids.”

(Nellie’s Placement Student Anna helps with the Supper Drop-In Program).

Thank you to our Summer Student Employees

Posted on: September 16th, 2011 by Nellie's No Comments

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”    -Confucius-

( from left to right Emily McDonald, Maria Sicutad , Awo Abokor, and Erin Callaghan).

Our student employees worked unbelievably hard this summer to support the women and children in our care.  We are so grateful for the talent, skills, ambition, and passion that they brought to Nellie’s.  A world without violence is possible, and these young women are working to make it a reality.

Emily worked on our Community Support & Outreach Team with women who were seeking assistance in the areas of immigration, legal issues, child welfare, and housing.  We are proud that Emily will be continuing her work with Nellie’s as a Relief Staff.

Maria worked with our Development Team to assist with fundraising, administration, and event planning.  Maria played a very important role in planning our Online Holiday Auction and will continue on as a volunteer at Nellie’s.

Awo worked with the children at Nellie’s in our Children’s Summer Camp.  Awo planned activties, games, and arts & crafts for the children, as well as fun summer outings around the city.  To read more about Awo’s experience, click here.

Erin worked with our Transitional Housing & Support Team to assist women to access safe and affordable housing.  Erin supported women throughout the intake and application process for subsidized housing and connected them to resources around the city that they can access when they are living on their own.

On behalf of all the women, children, and staff at Nellie’s, we would like to thank Emily, Maria, Awo and Erin for making this summer at Nellie’s a great one for everyone.   Thank you as well to  Human Resources & Skills Development Canada for providing the funding for our Summer Student Employee Program.

Nellie’s staff interviewed by She Does The City

Posted on: July 13th, 2011 by Nellie's No Comments

Jenna Pettinato, Nellie’s Development Associate was recently interviewed for the “Her Career” section of the online magazine She Does The City

When asked what the best thing about her job is, Jenna replied: “The thing I love most about fundraising is that I get to make people feel good. The best description I’ve heard of this work is that fundraisers connect people to their dreams. We are the medium between what people see as unjust and wrong in the world, and what they can do to contribute towards making things better. Giving has a very practical benefit (it helps us run our programs and services) and it also has a very deep emotional or spiritual benefit that helps people actualize their passion, commitments, and dreams.”

To read the entire article you can click here! 

 Happy Reading 🙂