The Dinner Party

The Dinner Party is a major fundraiser to raise awareness and support for two important charities: Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services Halton (SAVIS) and Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan-Halton. All profits raised through ticket sales, silent auction and 50/50 draw are solely dedicated to supporting these two groups. Since inception, The Dinner Party has raised approximately $400,000.

The great sense of community surrounding this event is unparalleled, as it is attended by a diversified crowd, has a high profile and receives significant local media coverage.  Many attendees return year after year to enjoy the camaraderie and listen to speakers such as Michele Landsberg, Dr. Samantha Nutt, Sally Armstrong, Irshad Manji, Arlene Dickinson, Deborah Ellis, Sheila Copps, Nancy Riche, Paula Todd, Joy Warner, Shae Invidiata, Donna Kennedy, Mary Walsh, Candy Palmater and Tanya Tagaq.

This successful annual event is solely organized by dedicated and hardworking volunteers.  They are responsible for event management, donations and sponsorship outreach, program development, ticket sales, silent auction, draw and publicity.  Many of the volunteers have been involved since inception.


History of The Dinner Party

After hosting a successful celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) for three years as an after dinner event, The Women of Halton Action Movement (WHAM) expanded the celebration with the creation of The Dinner Party in honor of IWD in 2003. The Dinner Party is now a gathering of over 600 people coming together to shine a light on important issues related to gender equality. It is an entertaining, informative, fun, and affordable evening in celebration of IWD.

The Organizers -- WHAM

Women of Halton Action Movement is a local, grassroots, nonpartisan, feminist lobby organization that has advocated since 1981 to improve the status of women locally, nationally, and internationally. WHAM is a member of AWH, Advancement of Women Halton, a collaborative of 23 groups supporting gender equality at all levels of government. Contact us at:

The Charities

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan – Halton

This member-based, not-for-profit organization was founded in 1996 with thirteen volunteer chapters across Canada. CW4WAfghan is a non-religious, non-political, federally registered charity. We believe that individuals, as global citizens, working in solidarity and with integrity of purpose and action, can affect positive change in the world through education and the promotion of social justice and human rights. Our goals are to advance education and educational opportunities for Afghan women and their families and to educate Canadians about human rights in Afghanistan. Donor funded projects fall within our two main field program areas: (1) Community Libraries and Literacy Programs; and (2) Investments in Public Education. Specific examples are; providing teacher training programs, adult home literacy programs, mini libraries and science kits for schools and developing online, open source teacher resources Please visit us at:

SAVIS – Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services

Providing confidential and non-judgemental support to all survivors of violence, 365 days a year. SAVIS welcomes people of all ages and experiences – women, men and members of the transgender community. SAVIS provides free one-on-one counselling appointments and group sessions through our programs in Acton, Burlington, Georgetown, Milton and Oakville. Our Public Educators advocate against violence throughout Halton Region and promote prevention through community education. Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton NO NAMES, NO JUDGEMENT, JUST SUPPORT. Contact us at 905-825-3622  or visit

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