Preventing Violence

Best of Fest 3Roslyn Bern presented the award to Elisa Paloschi, producer and director of the film, shown here with Selvi and her daughter. This documentary is about a former child bride who becomes Karnataka, India’s first female taxi driver.

After the life of the film is over, Elisa wants to make sure that something sustainable is left behind, and that Selvi’s story will continue to impact women and girls across India (and beyond) – in keeping with Leacross foundation’s goals.

Elisa hopes to:
1. Shift attitudes about child marriage and open dialogue about non-traditional livelihoods for women – Grass roots and community screenings.
2. Create training opportunities for women in non-tradtional livelihoods (taxi driving to start) – Partner with NGOs and training facilities and provide training grants.
3. Create jobs in the driving business – Partner with a major bank, CSR and business development org to develop a co-op/umbrella style infrastructure for women to work together. Provide low interest loans to women to purchase cars.

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Leacross Foundation was a supporter of local delegates to the 3rd World Conference of Women’s Shelters that was held in Den Haag, The Netherlands from November 2nd to 6th.

One thousand (1,000) participants from 115 countries were there to experience incredibly powerful, emotional, informative and inspiring plenary sessions and workshops.

See the video – click here 

The Royal will be hosting its annual Women in Mind conference on Friday, November 6th along with its Public “Girlfriends Guide to Mental Health…” evening on Thursday, November 5th. For more information – click here.

This year’s theme is Violence in Relationships.

Our Friday evening event guest speaker, Attiya Khan, is a young film maker who brings a very interesting perspective to the conversation. From the time she was 16 to 18 she was in a violent relationship and abused daily by her boyfriend. She is now an advocate and counselor for abused women and children and is in the midst of making a documentary film about her story and actually interviews her abuser. For more information – click here.

From a clinical perspective, Dr. Donna Stewart, an expert on intimate partner violence, will provide insight on violence in intimate relationships helping us to look beyond the physical to understand the mental and social impacts that experiences of violence can have on women. She will provide tips on how to recognize when someone is at risk or being abused and how to help them find help to heal.

Roslyn Bern speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony

Roslyn Bern speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony

TTA_7061Habitat for Humanity NCR breaks ground in Orleans on May 28th for four new houses including one that is sponsored by Leacross Foundation.

Roslyn and Ottawa Mayor Watson

Roslyn and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson

Breaking ground

Breaking ground




UntitledHealthy Relationships for Youth (HRY) is a school-based, peer-facilitated violence prevention program developed by the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association and offered in partnership with schools locally and across Nova Scotia.  The program trains students from Grades 10-12 to deliver a series of twelve HRY sessions to Grade 9 students in partnership with the classroom teacher.  The interactive sessions are designed to reduce the risk of violence for youth through developing their skills and knowledge about creating and maintaining healthy relationships. HRY program info – Leacross