Justice Matters for Women: Rural Outreach in Guysborough and Antigonish Counties is an outreach program of the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre. Services are free and confidential for women of all ages and backgrounds aged 16 and over who are living in and around Canso, Guysborough and Sherbrooke. Justice Matters for Women is provided with funding from the Law Foundation of Nova Scotia.

The outreach worker can provide individuals with information and problem-solving, emotional and crisis support.  The worker can help individuals talk to services, agencies and institutions.  The outreach worker will also accompany individuals to court and to legal and medical appointments.

Some of the issues you can talk to the Outreach Worker about include:

  • Violence against Women
  • Poverty
  • Health
  • Employment Support and Income Assistance
  • Relationships
  • Housing
  • Harassment and Abuse
  • Addictions
  • The Legal System
  • Parenting
  • Education and Employment
  • Physical, Mental and Emotional Health

Guysborough County is the largest and most sparsely populated county in Nova Scotia.  Unemployment is high in the area and the average income is low.  Women in the area face multiple barriers related to poverty, isolation, lack of transportation, and the out-migration of services.


Women contact our Outreach Program for information on a variety of issues including: the legal system; rights and entitlements; poverty; relationships; sexual violence, harassment and abuse; addictions; housing; education and employment; and physical, mental and emotional health.

Community members say the program is a welcome and much needed addition toGuysborough County, noting that it is not often that such a program is offered in their rural communities. 


In addition to providing one-to-one support, Justice Matters for Women offers workshops and programs.

Workshops are offered various times throughout the year on a variety of
legal-based topics. Check back soon for details on our next workshop!


Inspire is a school-based program that provides adolescent girls with a safe, non-judgmental and girl-friendly venue for exploring issues in their lives, learning about their rights, and  developing life-skills. Inspire provides positive mentoring and role modelling that encourages self-care, healthy decision making and the development of critical-thinking and problem- solving skills.

Outreach worker: Marcia Connolly


Day Where Time 
Monday Guysborough 8:30-4:30
Tuesday Antigonish 8:30-4:30
Wednesday Canso 8:30-4:30
Thursday Sherbrooke 8:30-4:30
Friday Antigonish 8:30-4:30

Hours May Vary During Summer Months


Canso: Every Wednesday  from 8:30 – 4:30 in Canso Medical Centre , Canso

Guysborough: Every Monday from 8:30 – 4:30 in Primary Health Care Centre, Chedabucto Mall

Sherbrooke: Every Thursday by appointment 8:30 to 4:30 Community Room Sherbrooke Library

Antigonish: Every Tuesday and Friday from 8:30 – 4:30 at the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre

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