The Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre (AWRC) is a feminist, community-based women's organization which opened in 1983.

Welcome to the AWRC & SASA

Who We Are
The Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre (AWRC) is a feminist, community-based women's organization which opened in 1983. SASA stands for Sexual Assault Services Association.

The Women’s Centre grew out of the work of women in the community who wanted to address issues facing women and adolescent girls and who wanted to provide woman-centered services that support women in making positive changes in their lives. Through our multi-issue, social change and service provision mandate we address, in an integrated way, the broad and often complex range of issues facing women and their children.

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What Brings Women to the AWRC & SASA?

Women and adolescent girls come to the Women’s Centre for information and problem-solving support. They are concerned about:

Sexual Violence, Harassment and Abuse
Poverty, Social Assistance, and Finances
Income Tax Preparation Program for Low Income Women
Housing and Tenancy Rights
Employment and Education

Separation, Divorce, Custody, Maintenance and Access
Physical, Mental and Emotional Health
Family and Social Relationships and Parenting

Women also come to use our lending resource library, to hold meetings, to volunteer, and to participate in annual women’s events.

The Women’s Centre is open to women and adolescent girls from all cultures and backgrounds. It is a friendly and safe place for women to meet, to share knowledge, and to work on common interests and for social change. It is a place to learn from each other and to contribute to building a healthy community.

The AWRC & SASA is used by:
• Women of all ages and backgrounds
• Community Organizations
• Educators
• Community Groups
• High Schools
• Community College and University Students Issues

The AWRC & SASA does work on the following issues:

Income Tax Preparation Program for Low-Income Women
Income Tax Preparation Program for Low-Income Women
Income and Housing
Income and Housing
Lindsay’s Health Centre for Women
Individual Services for Women & Adolescent Girls
Sexual Violence 
Violence Against Women And Girls: A Rural Response
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program (SANE)
Support Groups for Survivors of Sexual Trauma
Antigonish Sexual Assault Response Team
Legal Issues
Justice Matters for Women: Rural Outreach in Guysborough and Antigonish Counties
Healthy Relationships for Youth
Rural Youth Healthy Relationships Education Project

The Rural Girls Project
Social Change
The Rural Girls Project
Violence Against Women And Girls: A Rural Response
PATH (People Assessing Their Health)
Social Assistance Reform in Nova Scotia: Moving Forward a Woman-Positive Public Policy Agenda
Face to Face: building inter-sectoral collaboration to improve policy responses to disadvantaged single parents’ education and training needs
Briefs to government and committee work
Employment and Education
Skill Development and Volunteer Opportunities
Alternative Measures and Student Placement Opportunities


Come See Us!
Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre & Sexual Assault Services Association is located in the Kirk Building, 219 Main Street, Suite 204 (above Dragonfly Cafe). You can drop in to have a cup of coffee, browse our library, or sit in our comfy couches. We also offer a range of services and programs to women, adolescent girls, and their families.  Check out our calendar link for current events

Feel free to phone us at (902)-863-6221 or email us.

Hours of Operation:

No Scents Is Good Sense!

Some women are hypersensitive to perfumed soaps and colognes. Such products can trigger a dangerous asthma attack and/or other symptoms such as headaches, nausea and sinus irritation in these people.

Please do not wear or apply any scented products while in our centre.

Information by Issue:
Income and Housing
Sexual Violence
Legal Issues
Social Change
Employment and Education
Relationships and Parenting




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