Welcome 2017 Winter Sewing For Job Participants!


EcoEquitable is excited to welcome 21 new participants of our Sewing For Job program this upcoming winter session! Registration for this upcoming session is now closed, however are accepting applications for Sewing for Jobs I and II this August 2017. For more information please contact Chelsea at chelsea@ecoequitable.ca or 613-562-1739 ext 301.

While we welcome new faces into the EcoEquitable community and listen to the stories of those who have participated in past Sewing For Job sessions, we are reminded of our roots. The story of Lucile Champagne and her journey is worth reading.

In 2001, it was fate – a sewing machine was graciously donated to Lucile Champagne. Despite its initial lack of need, the machine inevitably found itself in the basement of Heartwood House. Two volunteers gathered to check its conditions while dreaming of sewing costumes for the upcoming Grand Opening of Heartwood House. Days passed, and the women found themselves in the space, compiling fabric donations and dreaming of great things.

There was buzz about fabric, about colours, about clown costumes. Other donations began accumulating – as did the excitement among the volunteers.  It occurred to Lucile that she was being called to join the group. Seeing the women supporting one another and acting in solidarity, the project spoke to her.

Since September 2001, women from every country have seized the opportunity to join together and believe again in a future full of hope. Since then, EcoEquitable and immigrant women have built a new world, an inclusive world, a place of cooperation where each person learns, is healed, celebrates and produces according to their creativity, their engagement and their motivation.

“From today, it is to grow with the grandeur of the universe, to celebrate the transformations that make us more human.  It is the music that comes from the heart.” – Lucile Champagne