Holiday Messages from the Women’s Centre Team

As we come to the end of another great year at the Women’s Centre, the staff of the Centre would like to take this opportunity to share some personal greetings. We look forward to the new year and continuing to build and strengthen connections in our community.

Hi all. We wish you health and happiness in the new year. And hope that you laugh and take some time to have fun! – Susan & Sue

Wishing everyone a very happy holiday! – Diane

Happy Holidays to all the incredible women of the Women’s Centre! I am looking forward to another wonderful year with all of you in 2020 🙂 – Jessica           

The year is coming to a close,

And the holidays draw near,

Let’s keep fighting for gender equity,

In the coming year!

Wishing our wonderful Women’s Centre community, a lovely holiday season. I hope everyone takes some time to relax and to connect with people they love! – Emma         

Spanish: Esperamos que todas tengan Felices Fiestas y que “The Women’s Centre” siga siendo el lugar de encuentros para las mujeres en Calgary en el 2020.

We wish you all a happy holiday and hope the Women’s Centre will continue to be the place where women meet in 2020. – Rhoda & Aimar

Russian: Дорогие женщины и девочки! Поздравляем вас с праздниками! Счастливого Рождества и Нового Года! נשים יקרות, מועדים לשמחה.

Hebrew: מאחלים לכולכם חגים שמחים ושנה אזרחית מאושרת.

English: Dear women, Happy holidays to all of you! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! – Luda     

Punjabi: ਨਵਾਸਾਲ ਮੁਬਾਰਕ – Nave saal di vadhaya – Happy New Year

English: Wishing everyone who is celebrating a wonderful holiday season. Even though I don’t celebrate Christmas, I still find this time of year a bit challenging because I don’t have family in the city. Instead, I’ve found warmth in friendships and community. Regardless of whether or not you’ll be celebrating, I wish you all some time to relax and recover as we lead up to the New Year.  – Jessy

Swedish:  Jag önskar er och alla er fantastiska kvinnor en mycket underbar semester. Ta dig tid att fira er själva och varandra den här säsongen och göra sakerna som ni älskar. Trevlig semester till alla!  God Jul och Gott Nytt År!

Bangwa: Mbong mbong Krissimi aboh mbeoh! Mbong mbong ngu-aleah seoh!  

I wish each and everyone of you amazing women a very wonderful holiday season. Take the time to celebrate yourselves and each other this season and do the things you love. Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! – Linda

Croatian: Sretan Božić i Nova Godina! Sve najbolji!

Italian: Buon Natale!

Merry Christmas! I wish my fellow coworkers, volunteers, and the Women’s Centre community a warm and loving holiday season this year, surrounded by friends and family. The holidays are my favourite time of year and I love getting to share that with other people around me. I am very excited to be a part of the Women’s Centre this year to experience everyone’s traditions and help make the holidays brighter for other families with our Toy Room. – Arianna 

Gaelic Scottish: Nollaig chridheil agus bliadhna mhath ùr

Happy Holidays!

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff, volunteers and women who welcomed me back to the Women’s Centre this summer! I feel very humbled and grateful to everyone who has stepped up to share their story of what this community has provided them. We’ve been working on some very exciting storytelling elements for the Women’s Centre and I cannot wait to unveil everything in the new year. I wish you all a safe, happy and healthy holiday season. Thank you! – Jessica   

French: Je vous souhaite à tous  d’excellentes fêtes de fin d année. Merci pour tous les bons moments partagés et pour votre soutien.

Que 2020 vous apporte santé, joie et prospérité. Ensemble nous formons une communaute de femmes fantastique! Ensemble nous pouvons soulever des montages!

I wanted to wish you all a happy holiday season! Thanks for all the wonderful memories we shared last year and for your support. I wish you all the best for 2020, may all your wishes come true. We are an amazing community of vibrant women! Together we can accomplish anything!   – Carole

Holiday greetings!

Wintry wishes! All the best to you and yours this holiday season. – Alexe 

Portuguese: Boas festas com muita paz, amor e alegría. Que todos os desejos se concretizem para você e para a sua família. Agradeço muito ser parte dessa comunidade täo inspiradora e solidária do Women’s Centre e desejo a todas um feliz ano novo cheio de paz e amor.

Wishing you holidays full of peace, love and happiness, and a happy new year for you and your family! I am so grateful to be a part of such an inspiring and supportive community at the Women’s Centre and wish everyone a peaceful and loving year ahead. – Monique

Serbian: СРЕЋНА НОВА ГОДИНА!            

Happy New Year! – Nevena

After several years away from the Women’s Centre, it is great to be back in the folds of a community that is so welcoming and caring. With upcoming holidays, I am reminded of what is most important in life. I wish everyone well wishes and good cheer! – Mickey

Christmas and New Years are colonized holidays and for some indigenous people the holidays can trigger trauma from residential schools. The following greetings are improvised greeting used by indigenous communities if they choose to recognize the holidays. 

Cree: ᒥᔪ ᐅᒉᐦᑐᐏᑮᓯᑲᓂᓯᐠ  – miyo-ocêhtowi-kîsikanisik (northern cree pronunciation but very similar to the plains cree dialect)

Translates to “Happy Kissing Day!” They use this greeting because on New Year’s they give each other a kiss.

Blackfoot:  Iitamiitotopa (ee dawm ee do dope)         

Translates too “Happy to arrive to the new winter”

Stoney Nakoda: Da-hah-pinc-ya     

Translates to “take care of yourself”. Common greeting used during the holidays, meaning during the holidays (take care of yourself in the New Year). – Bobbi-Jo & Tanya    

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