The Circle



Our programs follow children and youth throughout their development. Exposure to messages that build upon one another from elementary to high school means consistent learning and practising of skills to build healthy relationships.


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Committed to fostering respect, courage, diversity, connection and innovation.


The Circle, formerly SWOVA, has worked for more than two decades to address violence in all forms. Founded as a ‘wake-up call’ for action against gender-based violence, The Circle has become a champion of information on individual rights and protection and has developed education programs and awareness initiatives to address discrimination and violence based on gender, race, sexual orientation, age and ability.


The Circle’s youth programs encourage young people to challenge assumptions and learn skills that foster healthy, equal relationships. The Circle believes that all human beings should be free to develop their personal abilities and make choices without the limitations set by stereotypes, rigid gender roles and prejudices.


We envision inclusive and gender-equitable communities living violence-free.

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We are committed to fostering inclusive, gender-equitable and violence-free communities. Learn more! 


Explore our programs for youth and educators: Healthy Relationships, Training, Community Events and Awareness.


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To treat each other with consideration and dignity, fostering self-respect and respect for others.


To speak, act, and advocate for what is right, working for social justice and persevering against social injustice.


To include different voices and perspectives with an understanding and appreciation for all.


To seek opportunities for collaboration and effective partnerships that foster caring and belonging in communities.


To be flexible and responsive in addressing the unique and changing needs of the communities we serve.

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News & Events

December 6th Memorial Returns to Centennial Park

December 6th Memorial Returns to Centennial Park

The December 6th Vigil, in memorial and solidarity of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada, returns to Centennial Park. Due to Covid restrictions the memorial, hosted by The Circle Salt Spring Education Society and Islanders...

Gender-Based Violence: “It’s Not Just”

Gender-Based Violence: “It’s Not Just”

The Circle Education has partnered with Women and Gender Equality Canada to promote the “It’s Not Just” youth awareness campaign. “It’s Not Just” is also The Government of Canada’s theme for the 2022 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence Campaign. This...

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