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Mary Byberg Inspires Women To Believe A Better Life Is Possible

11 May

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.


What we give makes us rich

13 Jan

“In this world, it is not what we take up,
but what we give that makes us rich.”

-H.W. Beecher- 

Thank You for our new boiler for the women and children at Nellie’s Shelter this holiday season!

Every great dream begins with a dreamer

28 Oct

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer.  Always remember, you have within’ you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the starts to change the world.”  -Harriet Tubman-

Women enjoy making art at our Thursday Morning HerShare Program

Music in the soul

14 Oct

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”   – Lao Tzu

Aline Morales entertained guests and had everyone playing music at our Annual General Meeting!

  For more pictures from our AGM, find us on facebook at

Thank you to our Summer Student Employees

16 Sep

“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.

Learning is a treasure

9 Sep

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”                   Chinese Proverb

Christine Demetriades (left) and her co-workers at the Region of Peel organized a back-to-school drive for the children at Nellie’s.

For more information on our Back to School Campaign, click here.

Giving liberates the soul of the giver

2 Sep

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”    -Maya Angelou-

Staff from eHealth Ontario donated backpacks and school supplies to the children at Nellie’s Shelter.