The Importance of Early Literacy: Why it Matters 

2023-05-10T16:03:32-06:00May 11th, 2023|Our View|

Lacie Wichert, Guest Contributor Education is one of the most valuable gifts that we can give the younger generation. All children deserve the opportunity to succeed in life, to become independent and to have the confidence to navigate the world around them. One of those key skills is literacy, and this skill is [...]

Examining Environmental Justice this Black History Month

2023-02-07T08:52:34-07:00February 7th, 2023|Our View|

Lana Bentley, Guest Contributor Black history is characterized not only by adversity, but resilience. This month provides us with a reminder of the contributions that Black peoples have made not only to their communities but to the culture at large. Every February, we are called to learn and speak of the names of [...]

Guest Post: Canadian Mental Health Association Recovery College Partnership

2023-01-11T11:29:24-07:00January 11th, 2023|Housing, Our View|

Guest Contributor: Abby LaRocque, Canadian Mental Health Association YW Calgary works every day to establish a world where women and their families can thrive safely and equitably. They care about each other, their clients and the community and are driven by the lasting impact they have on women, their families and by extension, their community. [...]

Domestic Violence is Everyone’s Business by Trinity Song

2022-11-23T21:27:24-07:00November 23rd, 2022|Our View|

Trinity Song, Guest Contributor Domestic violence is a learned behaviour whereby psychological and physical coercion are used to assert and maintain control over an intimate partner. Domestic violence does not discriminate – anyone can be a victim regardless of race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or economic status. It is a pervasive problem that [...]

Help fund your child’s education this Financial Literacy Month by Albiona Sadikaj

2022-11-18T11:55:20-07:00November 14th, 2022|Education, Families, Our View, Uncategorized, Women's Economic Prosperity|

It’s Financial Literacy Month in Canada! An excellent time to focus our attention on gaining insights and skills to improve our financial health and wellbeing, particularly before the holiday season! My name is Albiona, and I am an Economic Empowerment Coordinator with YW Calgary Women’s Economic Prosperity team. I support women with moving towards [...]

Week Without Violence 2023

2022-10-21T09:28:58-06:00October 22nd, 2022|Our View|

Zandile Moyo, Guest Contributor The World Health Organization (WHO) defines violence as, "the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation." In [...]

WE ARE YW – Pritma Dhillon Chattha, Board Member

2022-09-27T14:43:44-06:00September 27th, 2022|Our View|

We are committed to sharing the changemakers who help empower our organization with you through our We Are YW series. This month, we wanted to highlight one of our incredible board members, Pritma Dhillon Chattha. A deeply involved member of our community, Pritma is a Yale educated nurse executive and award-winning serial entrepreneur [...]

The colours of immigration by Safa Shanneb

2022-09-16T16:13:50-06:00September 16th, 2022|Our View|

September 9-16 is Welcoming Week in Canada. In this post, Safa Shanneb, Communications Specialist, Communication & Community Relations, shares her personal experience. When asked what would surprise people to learn about me, I instantly responded, “I’ve lived in eight countries over the course of my life.” I was born in Libya and have [...]

Why more Canadians are leaving a gift to charity in their Wills

2022-09-13T13:38:57-06:00September 13th, 2022|Our View|

We are lucky. Supporters of YW Calgary are thoughtful individuals, who share a concern for women and families experiencing poverty, homelessness, domestic violence and mental health challenges and are committed to building a better future. Often people think about contributing to the causes they care about with monthly donations or volunteering time, but [...]