Among us Women-Entre Nous Femmes

The History

Entre Nous Femmes Housing Society was founded in 1984 by three women who wanted to make life better for themselves and for other single mothers and their children.

The founders believed that providing safe and affordable housing was the first step in creating positive futures for families. ENF is one of the first housing development organizations created and led by women in Canada and has a proud tradition of naming our buildings after the grandmothers of our founders.

We continue to honor our legacy of inclusiveness, hope, determination, and social justice as passed down from the grandmothers through the creation of affordable, diverse and healthy communities for families, single parents and seniors in the lower mainland.

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26 years I’ve lived here. I raised two daughters and raise my granddaughter here. This is me, this is where I live, and here is where my memories and the history of my family lives. My soul is rooted here. How can you take that away from me? How do I tell my kids and my grandkids that I will be moving and I don’t know where I’m going and I have to move all the archives of my life from the walls, the pencil marks of their growth chart, the life I built here in and all its treasures secured in all the nooks and crannies of my home with precious family memoirs firmly attached to the spirit of my beautiful home. Even the tree growing outside my balcony is a part of me and the heritage of this building. In addition, the love for my neighbours, always there for me, I’m always there for them. We take care of each other, we help each other and we want to grow old with each other. This community within Alma Blackwell is one of a kind and it resonates such beautiful energy where we are all doing our very best to live and raise our children and better ourselves for a brighter future. Here is where I live. We live here!

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The Future

Something special about today….felt strong and energized and empowered!

I came across this message and knew right away the power within can indeed manifest change. I feel Change coming on! A dream about to manifest!

How this came about? A quest for justice from the people I connected with today gave me a new inquiry into my spirit and provided an opportunity to re-link to my higher self. The connection provoked a deep contemplation about the innate power of mankind; more so, the power of women and our strength when we work together.

It’s that link that drives me to be better, to inquire, to dig deep and ask myself what more can I do?

What I can do is manifest my dreams to make positive change. Encourage others to the same.

I feel the change, and it starts with me.

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Just Dream It

I was looking for inspiration and spotted this coaster in the free room just when I needed it most. The more I think about those words the more it makes sense to me. I read it over and over again and I find myself concreting my dreams…feeling it as if it is my reality. It’s not hard to do and it feels right. You just have to allow it to feel real. Imagine your mind allowing yourself to dream to a point of no return, it feels awkward but eventually you feel this excitement and your stomach begin to have butterfly feelings. It is as if you can hardly stand the possibilities of your dream to actually come true! And, if it does, you know you can hardly sustain yourself from the happiness. Does this seem unrealistic?

Just ask yourself to choose between yes or no to your dreams…wouldn’t you prefer to say yes? Say Yes!

Why would we ask for less? Why not just dream it and know it’s ok to manifest it… and get ready for it!

Or do you prefer to just not dream it…because after all if you do, you are going to get pretty busy acting on it. If you dare to dream that is.

Super Women We Are!

Canadian You Tuber and vlogger, Lilly Singh known as IISuperwomanII is a great model for our youth that speaks and writes in her new book “How To Be A Bawse: A Guide To Conquering Life“. She talks about owning your own power, respecting and investing in yourself along with messages about staying true to yourself and not to change for anyone. Singh was in Vancouver back in April and I had the pleasure to see her show and was quite impressed! I was with my granddaughter Nariah and was proud to be part of her passion. The best part was the following day Nariah trekked out in the early morning determined to meet Singh at the book signing event at Chapters book store out at Metrotown and was fortunate enough to have her picture taken with Lilly Singh. A powerful moment of positive change for my granddaughter and powerful empowering messages for all the lovely young youth that follow IISuperwomanII.

Be the Bawse of YOU! I love it!

Stand By Me

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Oh those subtle things in life, the little things that matter and makes an impact on our existence.  I found this poem Believe In Yourself in a tucked away box of trinkets and memories. As I pulled this poem out I remembered the day my sweet loving mother gave it to me… I think I was in my late teens maybe early twenties. As the memory began to surface a deep sense of love swept over me because on that day when I read the words it resonated deep in me, it was like a moment of awe… an inspiration spark of hope that everything is going to be okay, its going to turn out, keep on reaching for your dreams.

My message of today is to share with others your most precious moment that gave you strength and lift you. I share this poem to you and you can move it forward on to someone dear to you, it doesn’t matter how young or old. You never know when such a gesture can change a persons life in a positive way. My mother is still as impact full today as she was then. Thanks mom for always believing in me. You are awesome and indeed one of a kind, I love you♥

 

 

Listen with your Heart

It’s our heart that knows, our heart leads us to happiness. For some of us it takes time, to understand or comprehend what happiness really means.

For me? Well I had no idea how much happiness there was to experience. Through each stage of my life’s journey I thought to my self with contentment ” this is as good as it gets, I’m okay with what I have…..what more can I ask for” “I love my life” But my heart tagged at my senses,  gravitated to more…wanting more, maybe it was seeking ways to sustain the feeling of happiness.
Yet, listening to my heart was sometimes painful… costing grievance for others, but my heart was calling out to me so strongly I really had no choice but to follow.
It led me through a series of unknown mysterious paths but each one offered me a resting spot especially when times were challenging.
I’m here now.
I’m just where I want to be and cannot comprehend being more happy then I am now. So that means there may be more that lay a head? And what am I going to do about it? My only answer is I’m going to have to follow it… and prepare for the witnessing of tears, mine and yours. The quest for happiness isn’t always easy but it is attainable. Just listen to your heart and it will lead you, I promise-it loves you.

I Who Did Not Die

img_1799  An inspiring book based on two soldiers of the Iran Iraq War written by Meredith May.
Najah an Iraqi soldier left for dead was saved by Zahed a young Iranian medic soldier on the battle field. Both imprisoned as POW, both were claimed dead by their families, both held on to their dreams to a point of manifestation!
One wonders after all the pain, fear, tears, lost and broken spirit how these two soldiers miraculously stayed alive and freed their way out of hell and into the hands of Canada’s haven.  Twenty five years later, here in this beautiful city of Vancouver, the two soldiers find themselves sitting across from each other in the lobby of a non profit organization VAST (Vancouver Association of Survivors of  Torture).  Now the recollection of the past have been written….the untold story is now unfolded….in fact this story will give you renewed hope in humanity. An example of the power of positive change respectfully.

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Photos of the day the book signing took place at Chapters located Broadway/Granville St. Holding hands in a victorious gesture are Najah and Zahed

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On this day the family and friends gathered to support them. it was indeed a memorable and proud day:)

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What Rocks You?

Many years ago while sitting with a co-worker and sharing my passion and dream of how I would like to some day run empowerment workshops to encourage people to follow their hearts. At the time I had a long list of names I would call it such as, Power of Women or just, POW or HEART…. I think I even thought of my own name EVA with each letter representing words of enlightment and abundance…. any way, I was going on about my vision so close to my heart and the difference we can make for others and the simplicity of it. I  told her I know its possible because I myself have discovered, encountered and experienced enough to believe in the power of visions. Then for some weird reason, I reached down into the side cushion of the couch I was sitting on and felt  a rock nuzzled deep within the couch, I pulled it out and on it was written  Strength and Power with a bears paw stamped on it. I just looked at her surprised and she said to me with astonishment, I think you just made your case!”

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I carry that rock with me whenever I need  reminding of the possibilities life offers us and, to sustain my dreams and visions.

What rocks you?

Share with me your power…what makes you strong and fuels you to carry on?

 

Surfing….who me…yes! I did it! We did it!

The more power you create in your life the more it grows not only with oneself but with everyone you are connected with. It’s contagious…. energy flows …people  are drawn to it and the more it grows the ripple effect gets bigger, like a wave and before you know it we are all in it together!

Now isn’t that a beautiful vision!

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Tofino BC 2015