The Nest Egg Club

We have established the Nest Egg Club to recognize and honour those generous donors who have made provisions for a future or planned gift to WINGS through a bequest, annuity, life insurance policy or trust agreement.

All our supporters, members and individuals in the community are invited to join the Nest Egg Club by making arrangements for a legacy gift to WINGS.

What is the Laurette Braconnier Endowment Fund?

The Laurette Braconnier Endowment Fund enables donors to arrange legacy gifts to WINGS. Named in loving memory of Laurette Braconnier, former President of the Board of Directors and long-time WINGS supporter, the Laurette Braconnier Endowment Fund is managed through the Edmonton Community Foundation to provide an annual revenue stream to support our programs and services.

Facts About Family Violence

While not all children who witness violence suffer direct physical abuse, they frequently develop long-term behavioural and psychological problems. Exposure to violence can affect children’s brain development and ability to learn, and lead to a wide range of behavioural and emotional issues such as anxiety, aggression, bullying, phobias, and insomnia.

(Child Abuse/Children Exposed to Violence Information Sheet, Alberta Children and Youth Services, October 2008. Available: http://www.child.alberta.ca/home/images/familyviolence/doc_opfvb_sheet_child_colour.pdf)

Violence against women happens in all cultures and religions, in all ethnic and racial communities, at every age, and in every income group.

Women's Voices

"For nearly 10 years I have dealt with an abusive cycle: being with the father of my children. I had exhausted all my options trying to leave on several occasions. Knowing what abuses were to come, it was clear I had to find another way out. I swallowed my pride and went to a women’s shelter. This was where I heard of WINGS.

At first I did not apply since I was determined to do it on my own. However a single mother with three children on income support cannot find housing at reasonable costs. With only a few days left at the women’s shelter, I applied for WINGS.

Now I have an apartment of my own and my children are safe. Having people there to help me through this transition has been most reassuring. My counsellor has been there to help me while I attain proper paperwork to help keep myself, as well as my children, safe. Breaking an abusive cycle alone has never worked out for me. Now I am more confident that I can finally be free this time.

Without WINGS I had nowhere safe to go and probably would have ended back living with my children’s father. Without my counsellors support I would have never applied for an Emergency Protective Order which was something I should have done long ago. I am excited to get my children back in a routine with a proper lifestyle. They deserve it."