Atira Women's Resource Society [FULL]

About the project

The Atira Community Arts & Crafts Workshop is an opportunity for UBC students and Atira staff to organize and implement two days of activities for the women living at Atira Women’s Resource Society.  During these two days, students will:

  • Help choose, prepare and cook a meal to share with the residents. Students will ensure that the kitchen space is cleaned up afterwards.
  • Participate in a craft-making activity using cedar (exact craft activity is to be determined).  Students will be responsible for assisting with the crafting process, including clean-up of the crafting space afterwards. 

The project will align with and support Atira Women’s Resource Society’s feminist-based philosophy, and will consider all forms of oppression facing the women and children who access Atira’s services.


Kick-off Orientation :

Saturday, February 2, 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Project :

Tuesday, February 19 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Wednesday, February 20 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (TBC)

What you will do

  • Leading ice breaker activities and ensuring all participants feel welcome
  • Choosing, preparing and cooking the meal
  • Encouraging the women to be a part of the cedar craft-making process
  • Assisting with clean-up of the kitchen and the crafting space following each day of the project
  • Engaging and interacting with the women, including active listening and openness to learning
  • Helping to create a vibrant, engaging culture for the Atira community


  • Interest and competence in working with women and children in a feminist-based, harm-reduction environment

  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the impact & legacy of colonization and assimilation on First Nations, Metis and Inuit women
  • Openness to working with women struggling with substance use and/or mental & spiritual wellness
  • Outgoing, compassionate, sociable, and engaging
  • Non-judgmental of women

Assets (beneficial but not mandatory):

  • Experience volunteering or working in a community kitchen
  • Conflict resolution and active listening skills
  • Background or interest in sociology, gender and women’s studies, and/or social work

Requirements for this placement

  • Must self-identify as a woman/female
  • Must have received a flu shot this flu season
  • Must have a Criminal Record Check prior to start (UBC will coordinate this)
  • Must participate in a brief phone interview prior to start
  • Must hold complete respect for the confidentiality of the organization and the women served (including signing a confidentiality agreement)

Placement location

Atira Women's Resource Society

Atira Women's Resource Society

Vancouver, BC ---

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