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Calgary saw violence against women rise in 2015

2016-05-18T14:08:50-06:00May 18th, 2016|Our View|

Approximately every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. As a public, we understand this action is domestic violence, but the actual nature of this crime should be known as violence against women. In response to the Calgary Police Service’s (CPS) release on the rise of domestic violence in 2015, [...]


2016-05-12T10:22:49-06:00May 12th, 2016|Media Advisory|

 Thursday, May 12, 2016 Kicking off a transformative future for the YWCA to better provide the supports women need, advocate for strong and healthy families and deepen community relationships. WHAT: The YWCA of Calgary (YWCA) is pleased to host a cheque presentation and media opportunity to celebrate the generous donation made by Great Gulf, the [...]

Fort McMurray: The best way we can help

2016-05-11T09:49:31-06:00May 11th, 2016|Our View|

Within hours of the fire entering Fort McMurray, Albertans were mobilizing to garner funds, goods and resources for those that were affected. While the level of support confirms the resiliency of our province in trying times — right now most of the community’s needs are still unknown. The YWCA of Calgary was deeply impacted by [...]

Fundraiser gives participants firsthand experience of women’s homelessness

2016-05-09T08:31:22-06:00May 9th, 2016|Our View|

With the tragic situation in Fort McMurray forcing nearly 90,000 out of their homes to potentially never return, the concept of homelessness is perhaps more widely felt than ever for Albertans. On Thursday, May 5, the YWCA hosted the 9th annual YWCA KEEP A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS® fundraising event. Registered participants, who have been fundraising for weeks, [...]

Celebrating the 100 years of (some) womens’ suffrage in Alberta

2016-04-19T15:35:54-06:00April 19th, 2016|Our View|

Today marks the 100th anniversary of some womens’ right to vote in Alberta — nearly a decade after the YWCA of Calgary was established. In the early days of the YWCA, the lack legal status available to women posed disadvantages that required founding leaders to acquire male signatures and guarantees on documents to obtain property [...]

Volunteers bring ideas and energy

2016-04-11T08:50:05-06:00April 11th, 2016|Our View|

The way organizations approach staffing has shifted over the past several years and as a result the YWCA has begun to implement a new staffing model. The concept represents a significant change for non-profits and takes the YWCA down a new bold path. Traditionally, volunteers are treated as a resource that works for free. However, [...]