July 21, 2015
A Father Gives Back
Carlisle shares with us his passion for ending violence against women and children.
Author: Selenna Ho
Dr. Carlisle Boyce has had many titles in his life: he has been a research chemist, a 3M Business Executive, an entrepreneur, and a father of two daughters.
But at Surrey Women's Centre, we simply know him as Carlisle.
“Talking with the team made me realize just how detrimental the issue of violence against women and girls is," Carlisle explains. "It wasn’t until I went in person that I understood the scope and severity of this issue; that there are women and children battling for survival every day."
He heard stories from women firsthand. Stories of survival and strength in the face of struggle. The story that inspired him the most is one of transformation.
“When I met Allison, her story resonated with me. She had been assaulted, and now she’s a support worker. What really stuck with me was that the fact that she now provides the support she had benefited from in the past. It makes you think about the importance Surrey Women’s Centre has in our future."
Carlisle understands that the centre gives women and children the tools they need to change their lives: “It’s a one-stop shop: they can get counseling, court services, and other assistance in one place. At the same time, the dollars providing these services are scarcer than ever - even for an organization that stretches every dollar.”
“The bottom line is that once you recognize the need and the importance of the services, the question you ask yourself is: ‘What can I do to help?’ An easy way to give back is by giving a monthly contribution. As a monthly donor, you can decide how much you want to give and when you’re able to. You help create predictable funding for the centre every month. I heard that there’s even a young boy who finds a way to give $2 a month.”
“As you know, I’m now retired, so I will have to forego some things and allocate my money wisely. But these are sacrifices I’m willing to make, as I am deliberately choosing to make the centre a high priority.”
"What will happen to the future of our women and children?"
“You realize that many women and children need help getting the very basics for their everyday lives. The centre is doing an important job, and those of us who are more fortunate really need to have “giving” as a part of our planning."
Carlisle is proud to be an ambassador of our centre: “I’ve decided that funding the centre is a high priority for me. Now when I meet with my friends, I will say, 'My daughter’s working to make sure women and children are safe. I think there might be some way you can help that centre.' And by bringing awareness, we all become ambassadors of this cause.”
“I believe that those of us who can, should really help, and that’s why I want to help in whatever way I can. Hopefully, the little bit I can contribute makes a difference."
“I’m retired now, but I’ll do everything I can. After all, if we don’t provide these services now, what will happen to the future of our women and children?”
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