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International Women’s Day

2020-01-27T15:17:17-07:00March 5th, 2015|Our View|

International Women’s Day is on Sunday, March 8, 2015. The first International Women's Day was observed on March 19, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. More than one million women and men showed their support of women by participating in public events. In 1977 following the long-standing movements for women to participate equally [...]

In Memory of Donalda Vine-Mutton

2015-03-02T11:08:20-07:00March 2nd, 2015|Our View|

Donalda Vine-Mutton, a long-time ambassador, alumnae and supporter of the YWCA, passed away on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 88 years of age. Donalda was connected to the YWCA for more than 60 years. In 1950, as a young single woman returning to Calgary after a year working overseas in the United Kingdom, Donalda realized [...]

Reflections on the YWCA Canada Young Women’s Leadership Conference

2015-02-20T14:40:25-07:00February 20th, 2015|Our View|

Imagine calling up 130 of your best feminist lady-friends from across the nation and heading off to Southern Ontario for a weekend of growth, learning, and sharing. Recently I had the pleasure of doing just that at the first YWCA Canada National Young Women’s Leadership Summit in Muskoka, Ontario, on traditional Rama Territory. As one [...]

Celebrating healthy relationships

2015-02-13T15:58:34-07:00February 13th, 2015|Our View|

Each year when Valentine’s Day arrives, the deeper meaning of the day is often lost in chocolates and flowers. But when the chocolate is eaten and the roses wilted, you might want to consider if your relationship is healthy. A healthy relationship should feel good. It should add value to your life and bring more [...]

Gifts for the season: gifts for all seasons

2015-01-12T16:36:07-07:00January 12th, 2015|Our View|

As the 2014 holiday season comes to a close, the YWCA is grateful for a total of $648,000 in cash donations and the many gift-in-kind donations we received to support vulnerable women and their children. Gift-in-kind donations included; 725 pairs of pajamas donated by Spectra Energy, which will keep women and children in a YWCA [...]

The value of giving

2014-12-23T12:12:31-07:00December 23rd, 2014|Our View|

Having recently met some of the women, children and men the YWCA supports; I can imagine how impactful this holiday season will be for them.  At this time of year, throughout the YWCA, there are many who are not expecting to have a very merry holiday. However, last week I witnessed the generosity of our [...]

Calgary’s Housing Crunch

2014-12-19T09:54:24-07:00December 19th, 2014|Our View|

Once again, Calgarians looking for safe and appropriate housing options were disappointed by City Council’s failure to vote in favour of legalizing secondary suites. Elsewhere in Canada secondary suites are a viable option for individuals looking for low cost housing, but Calgary seems to continue to struggle with this and leaves many out in the [...]

YWCA gives back to donors on GivingTuesday

2014-12-10T16:04:48-07:00December 10th, 2014|Our View|

This year, GivingTuesday was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the values and passions of our donors. The YWCA Resource Development team decided to give back to donors this year with a small token of their appreciation in the form of a framed poem. Three members of our resource development team discuss their experiences [...]

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

2014-12-05T12:56:09-07:00December 5th, 2014|Our View|

On December 6, 1989 at a busy college campus in Montreal Quebec, 14 women were brutally murdered by a man targeting women. The man claimed he was “fighting feminism” according to news outlets capturing the horrible event and had placed blame on “feminists” for ruining his life through political motives. Three years following the massacre, [...]


2014-12-03T07:49:11-07:00December 3rd, 2014|In the News, Media Advisory, Press Releases|

Recognizing the 25th anniversary of gender-based massacre CALGARY, Wednesday, December 3, 2014 – Nationally, YWCAs across Canada are calling for dramatic action to end violence against women and girls. YWCA Canada, the nation’s oldest and largest women’s multi-service association, launches its annual Rose Campaign on Parliament Hill to recognize the National Day of Remembrance and [...]