Over 30 years ago, a group of women, including a crisis counsellor and a survivor, recognized a gap in services for women leaving first stage shelters. This realization shaped our organization and role in supporting women along their path of healing, self-realization and growth.
Volunteers have always played a key role in creating space for women to feel safe and heard. Our peer support groups and one-on-one mentorship are often facilitated by women who have had similar experiences.
Over the years, our programs and services have expanded to respond to the needs of women from any socio-economic background, sexual or gender orientation, occupation or belief system. We have grown geographically as well. Our programs are delivered throughout Calgary and in rural communities across Alberta.
In 2016, we updated our brand and changed our name to Sagesse. We choose the name Sagesse because it illustrates the idea of empowerment. We are proud to have a brand that reflects all of our programs and services designed to empower individuals, organizations and communities to break the cycle of violence.
LGBTQ+ is a term that is used to describe LGBTTIQQ2SA+ communities. These terms include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, 2-spirited, asexual/allies. The plus denotes the diverse and ever evolving terminology utilized to define or describe LGBTQ+ populations.