By: Claire, Faiza, and Eyshah, students at Galt Collegiate Institute (GCI)

Three Galt Collegiate Institute (GCI) students, Claire, Faiza, and Eyshah, have raised $950 for Haven House, a local women’s shelter operated by Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region.

The impressive sum was collected through a student-organized Silent Auction. The event showcased a variety of generously donated items from local businesses and community groups. Local businesses truly came together to support this cause, with donations ranging from gift certificates for lunch with the Chief of Police to gourmet food baskets.

Students pose together in front of a banner that reads "The Women's Alliance Presents Bid 2 Give Silent Auction".

“We are incredibly proud of Claire, Faiza, and Eyshah for their initiative and dedication to supporting women in need,” said Dan Reiss, staff sponsor of the GCI Women’s Alliance, the student group the young women lead. “Their drive and organizational skills are truly inspiring, and this fundraiser serves as a fantastic example for the entire GCI community.”

The Women’s Alliance at GCI is a student-led group committed to raising awareness of issues facing women and women-identifying folks at the school. The group organizes various events throughout the year to promote inclusivity, equality, and support for those in need.

The $950 donation will directly benefit Haven House, providing crucial support for women and children seeking refuge from domestic violence. Haven House offers emergency shelter, crisis intervention counselling, and support programs to help women rebuild their lives. This donation will have a significant impact, contributing to essential programs offered by the shelter.

A look at the silent auction area, with the items displayed on tables with sheets of paper for people to bid with.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of the GCI students and the local businesses that supported their Silent Auction,” said Tina Mercer from Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region. “This donation will make a real difference in the lives of the women and children who come to Haven House seeking safety and support. The compassion and commitment demonstrated by these young women is truly inspiring.”

Inspired by the GCI Women’s Alliance?

The GCI Women’s Alliance is always looking for passionate individuals to join their cause. If you’re interested in getting involved with future initiatives, reach out to the school for more information. Additionally, to learn more about Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region and how you can contribute, visit their website at

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