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Who are We and What is Courage in Action?

We welcome all ​individuals who identify as women to our programs. ​​We are an inclusive group for all ​abilities, ​cultural backgrounds, ethnicities, faiths, gender identities, immigration statuses, incomes, national origins, races, and sexual orientations. In order to be able to grow and learn better together, we strive to create a space of respect, trust and confidentiality during our programs that allows each of us to speak openly, share our history and perspectives while helping each other to be courageous. For all to feel safe doing that we ask that personal information shared on our calls are not shared outside of the program.

We are a registered charity helping women coming from difficult circumstances move forward in their lives.  Our goal is to provide our participants with the tools, motivation and hope that uplifts and inspires them to create ​their new or different outcomes.

We accomplish this through educational sessions, one day conferences with presentations, workshops and activities presented by accomplished women. Many of the people who volunteer come from similar backgrounds and have moved beyond their situation, in other words they “walk the talk”.

The programs and conferences are free to all members of Courage in Action and ​are operated by volunteers with the aid of very generous sponsors.  Our conferences and programs are ​hosted by passionate speakers and ​include interactive activities. Our conferences also include healthy choices for breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the day.

Registered Charity Number: 711664482RR0001

How can you participate?

Our conferences and programs to anyone who is interested, we have limited space and need to be sure those women who meet the required criteria are given top priority.

Prior to registering for a conference or program you will need to join as a member. Please go to the “Join” button and complete the membership form. You will be notified via email once you are set up in our system.

Once you receive your confirmation email you will be entitled to register for  upcoming conferences and programs and given full information and instruction.

As a member please take a few minutes to browse around the site.   We hope you will find our Resources section inspiring and the Stories of Change from past participants best describes the impact our powerful programs can make.

Our Vision: A national sisterhood empowering women to overcome adversity and create positive change.

Our Mission: To bring women together to inspire confidence, foster friendships and teach life skills as they move from adversity to possibility.

We believe that: Everyone matters.  Everyone is equal.

We aim: To provide opportunities for connection, learning and contribution for our members, volunteers, Board of Directors and sponsors.

Courage in Action Values:

  • Empowering women to move forward one step at a time
  • Inspiring hope, courage and perseverance
  • Creating an inclusive, safe and supportive environment
  • Fostering belief in the ability to grow, change and learn
  • Building a community through contribution

Our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion mission:

The mission of Courage in Action’s EDI policy is to create, ​and nurture, a​n inclusive space ​for our differences to be recognized and cele​​brated. An environment for all of us to be present for each other, and each person’s story is honoured.

We will strive for empathic action in every interaction to facilitate healing as ​people process their life experiences so that they can ​reach their full potential. ​We are dedicated to hold​ing each other accountable to ​listening, learnin​g, inclusion ​and connection to create a sense of belonging.

Our commitment is to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for everyone and discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated.

Events & Announcements

Courage in Action 2023 Fundraiser

Our 2023 Fundraiser We had a blast participating in the Virtual Toronto Waterfront Marathon  last year and looking forward to participating again this year and hope you will join us this year! There are many reasons to join us. Here’s a few: You can run/walk  with us anywhere in the WORLD! That’s right, participants can […]

Podcast Interview with Shirley Gaudon

E56: Understanding Trauma  Shirley Gaudon is back! Listen as she walks us through defining and understanding Trauma, AND provides insight into how we can manage it at any point in our lives.          

Monthly Sisters Supporting Sisters Zoom Calls

The Courage in Action sisters invite you to participate in a Zoom call created to provide learning and support for each other. It is a monthly Zoom call where we can meet to help each other stay strong and connected. Our committee leaders and guests are ready to share insights and tips to support each […]