Our doors are open to women experiencing violence during Covid-19.
Please join our partners and help us raise $120,000+.
We created the Spirit of Schlifer Campaign
A new online fundraising initiative that will bring together past and present supporters of the Clinic, despite the pandemic, to fund our essential services. The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic is a specialized Clinic for women experiencing violence, established in the memory of Barbra Schlifer – an idealistic young lawyer whose life was cut short by violence.
Throughout COVID-19, the Clinic’s top priority has been to ensure the health and safety of our clients, staff, and volunteers. As an essential service, we are committed to keeping our doors open, physically and virtually, to women who need our help. At this time, our greatest challenge is to secure the funds traditionally raised at the Tribute so that we can continue to provide vital legal, counselling, and interpretation services to women experiencing violence during and in the aftermath of COVID-19.
Through the Spirit of Schlifer Campaign, you too can help women seeking services that are critical to reducing their isolation and increasing their safety.
With your support we have raised…..
Help us reach our goal of $120,000+
Through their support of the Spirit of Schlifer Campaign, our lead partners Blakes LLP, Torys, and Cisco Canada each demonstrate an outstanding dedication to the communities they serve and the work of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic.
Blakes is committed to strengthening the communities in which we live and work, and with this goal in mind, we lend our time, energy and voices to community efforts dedicated to bringing about positive change. For nearly two decades, Blakes has been an ally to the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic because we recognize how vital it is to increase equitable treatment and provide critical support for women facing violence.
Blakes is proud of its commitment to the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic and its work to increase fair access to justice for women and victims of violence. In the current environment, that support is essential to safeguard the wellbeing of our communities, and at Blakes, we are honoured to do our part.
Torys LLP is a long-standing supporter of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic and is honoured to be a part of this year’s The Spirit of Schlifer Campaign. Since 2012, Torys has sponsored the annual Spirit of Barbra Schlifer Award, created to recognize women who have made a demonstrable contribution to increased access to safety and justice for women.
The firm’s relationship with the Clinic runs deep. In November 2019, a team of Torys litigators acted on behalf of the Clinic as an intervenor before the Supreme Court of Canada in an appeal related to Ontario’s anti-slapp legislation which permits the early dismissal of defamation cases brought for a strategic purpose to silence valuable freedom of expression. The Clinic’s intervention offered the Court the perspective of survivors of gendered based violence who can be targeted with defamation lawsuits for speaking out on the harm they have suffered.
We are excited to support the Clinic in a successful fundraising campaign this year as it continues to assist women free themselves from violence through legal advice and counselling services.
Helping our communities is part of Cisco’s DNA, and we recognize and honour the important – and often life-saving – work that is done by the non-profit sector. Non-profit organizations support some of Canada’s most at-risk populations and now more than ever, we must come together to ensure their critical work continues presently and beyond the current crisis.
Cisco Canada – recognized as one of the Best Workplaces for women and Best Workplaces Managed by Women – widely promotes programs that lift women up through its Women of Cisco initiative. We proudly support the mission of The Barbra Schlifer Clinic to help women build lives free from violence.
Champion Partners of the Spirit of Schlifer Campaign represent a circle of elite supporters who care deeply about increasing access to justice, safety and equality for women. To learn more about our Champion Partners, click their logo below.
Supporting Partners of the Spirt of Schlifer Campaign represent devoted and committed supporters who care deeply about increasing access to justice, safety and equality to women. To learn more about our Supporting Partners, click their logo below.
By donating to the Spirit of Schlifer Campaign, you will have an impact on women seeking our essential services to reduce their isolation and increase their safety. Donate now to have your name or logo added here.
Your support can have an impact.
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