When it all began: 2009
Where it all began: Readiness Centre at Dunrankin Drive Public School in Malton, Mississauga (Ontario).
Who it began with: One woman, Aaloka Mehndiratta (a.k.a. Mrs. Aaloka among the community): a teacher, an artist, a mentor, a community builder and a leader who was determined to create many more leaders who would then continue the journey of women empowerment and self-actualization into their families, their communities and into this global village called ‘world’.
How it evolved: Malton Women Council was officially founded in 2009. What started as an informal women’s support group in the early years has now evolved into a strong network and support system in for women, families, youth, seniors and newcomers receiving services in the areas holistic health and well-being; information and resource sharing; education and awareness; peer support; civic engagement; cultural connections; inter-generational activities; skills development and training.