Prince Albert (March 8, 2022) — “Every Woman Matters. Period.” campaign is an initiative from Lake Country Co-op Pharmacy to raise awareness about the need for feminine hygiene products for women supported by the YWCA Prince Albert. As part of the campaign, both Lake Country Co-op pharmacies located in Prince Albert will be collecting donations of feminine hygiene products in front of their pharmacy counters from March 8 – March 22, 2022.
“The world has changed significantly since the start of the pandemic, with higher rates of homelessness evident in our community. This means a greater need for everyday items like hygiene products for women and female youth experiencing homelessness and insecurity,” said Jesse Kendall, Communications and Marketing Coordinator for the YWCA.
YWCA Prince Albert programs are regularly running at capacity, which has finally been re-instated after significant reductions early in the pandemic. In an average year, there are more than one hundred women and female youth staying in YWCA shelters and homes, which adds up to tens of thousands of nights spent in programs each year. This means that there are approximately 13,000 days where sanitary supplies may be required. This doesn’t include women who are part of non-shelter programs or who walk in from the street needing supplies.
“As front-line health professionals, we have seen a steadily increasing demand for basic self-care necessities throughout our community. Lack of access to feminine hygiene supplies has a far-reaching impact on the lives of the women that it affects,” said Monique Zwack, Executive Director, Pharmacy and Customer Experience of Lake Country Co-op, “Partnering with the YWCA allows Lake Country Co-op Pharmacies to make a meaningful contribution to some of the most vulnerable in our community”.
“We’re grateful that Lake Country Co-op and the community step up each year to provide these necessities to those who need them most,” said Kendall.
With the help of the Prince Albert community, Lake Country Co-op Pharmacy is hoping to collect enough feminine hygiene products to help YWCA Prince Albert over the next few months.
About Lake Country Co-operative Association Limited
Lake Country Co-op is a retail co-operative that has proudly served Northern Saskatchewan for 81 years. Today, Lake Country Co-op serves more than 51,000 members — and many more customers — in 19 communities.