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Healing Journeys: The World Goes On (poem)

2016-04-06T09:41:37-06:00April 6th, 2016|Our View|

80 plus women in this house Getting here of different ways Arriving here on different days Some arrive a timid shaken little mouse A few come in battle form Others still a crazy storm   And the world goes on...   80 plus women Living in flood drained Air polluted Miniscule, congested rooms   80 [...]

Healing Journeys: Dominos

2016-03-31T15:23:48-06:00March 31st, 2016|Our View|

Sitting in my favorite coffee place at the crack of dawn I slowly settle to still. Before the hustle and bustle of the day I allow myself to take a moment and breathe in gratitude. Some days I still feel myself reeling back to the emotional abyss I thought I would never get out of. [...]

Ghomeshi verdict not the end of the story

2016-03-24T10:18:28-06:00March 24th, 2016|Our View|

The verdict is back in Canada's most watched sexual-assault trial. Jian Ghomeshi, the disgraced radio host, was found not guilty on four counts of sexual assault and and one count of overcoming resistance by choking. Three women came forward to tell their stories and testify against him. The trial was a media circus. News networks [...]

Federal Budget promises meaningful progress

2016-03-23T13:04:25-06:00March 23rd, 2016|Our View|

The 2016 Federal Budget, released on Tuesday, promises meaningful progress on issues related to poverty, homelessness and domestic abuse. Such issues, which were notably highlighted by the YWCA of Calgary in a February meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau, affect women and families accessing YWCA programs and services. We’re pleased to see over $2.3 billion promised [...]

What Calgary Men Think about Violence against Women in 2016

2016-03-10T11:29:38-06:00March 10th, 2016|Our View|

The local results of the 2nd Alberta Men’s Attitudes about Violence against Women Survey were released on Monday in a joint media conference hosted by Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS) and the YWCA. With International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 8, the release was timely, as the results show a shift in the right [...]

International Women’s Day

2016-02-29T11:45:31-06:00February 29th, 2016|Our View|

March 8th is International Women’s Day, the day we honour the contributions women have made to our communities, and the day we take stock of our progress towards gender equality. When women thrive, our communities thrive. Here are a few considerations to achieve this vision. Ensure women have personal security. Everyone has a right to live [...]

Trudeau, Notley Tour the YWCA

2016-02-05T14:28:51-06:00February 5th, 2016|Our View|

The YWCA of Calgary welcomed Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of Veterans Affairs and MP for Calgary-Centre Kent Hehr, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, and MP for Calgary-Skyview, Darshan Kang this week highlighting the important role of the nonprofit sector as a voice for community needs. “In the midst of this economic crisis in [...]

Media Release: Trudeau, Notley Tour YWCA

2016-02-05T14:16:14-06:00February 5th, 2016|Press Releases|

CALGARY, February 5, 2016 – The YWCA of Calgary welcomed Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of Veterans Affairs and MP for Calgary-Centre Kent Hehr, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, and MP for Calgary-Skyview, Darshan Kang this week highlighting the important role of the nonprofit sector as a voice for community needs. “In the midst [...]

Ensuring best practice in supervised visitation

2016-01-27T16:40:35-06:00January 27th, 2016|Our View|

YWCA of Calgary’s Visitation Services provides an opportunity for children to have conflict-free visits with their non-custodial parent in a safe and comfortable setting. The program assisted 66 parents and 42 children in Calgary in 2014. The program adheres to the standards initiated the Supervised Visitation Network to ensure consistent and safe service. Staff in the program [...]