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Provincial grant aims to empower women in Calgary $34K fund announced for foundation will go a long way for women who need it, says foundation director Posted: Aug 20, 2017 7:33 PM MT Last Updated: Aug 20, 2017 7:33 PM MT Hazel Kikot plays with her 11-month-old son Haiden during an event at Sunalta Community Centre. Kikot is part of Connections Counselling and Consulting Foundation, which received a $34,000 grant from the province. (Mike Symington/CBC) Life hasn't always been easy for single mom Hazel Kikot, who suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome. But the Connections Counselling and Consulting Foundation in Calgary has given her something she was missing. "I just felt a part of something which I've never really had before," Kikot told CBC News Sunday. That feeling made her eager to participate in the foundation's Brand New Me workshop series, designed to aid women with disabilities who have experienced violence, lack personal confidence or need help with life skills. MORE CALGARY NEWS |  Fixture of Calgary's community theatre scene dies while snorkeling in Hawaii The workshops help women develop social and boundary-setting skills, build self-confidence and also include sexual health education, employment preparation and tools to address abusive relationships. "In school I've always struggled so with Connections, it's more hands-on and they've shown me and walked me through it and always are positive, they give positive vibes," Kikot said. On Sunday, the Alberta Ministry of Status of Women announced a $34,000 grant for the foundation during a gathering at the Sunalta Community Centre. For foundation director Erin Waite, the money means being able to offer the program to more who need it.  Hazel Kikot credits the foundation with improving her own self-esteem. (Mike Symington/CBC) "A big factor in their lives is isolation," she said.

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