The gruesome murder of George Floyd, a black man, at the hands (or knee) of American law enforcement authorities has reminded us how entrenched racism is in our society. The Black Lives Matter movement is stronger than ever, as more people are joining in the conversation about breaking systemic racism and valuing Black lives. [...]
Some of you may be feeling like a fish inside a fishbowl. You have begun to learn every inch of your living room, seen every speck of dust on the shelves and have longed for the days you had freedom and flexibility. Prior to COVID-19, it was estimated that 93% of people spent majority [...]
Back to school time has long been one of mixed emotions. This year the usual feelings of excitement, anxiety, hesitation and confusion may even more heightened with the uncertainty of our global pandemic. Children have been away from the structured school atmosphere for almost six months and whether yours will continue to learn from [...]
Pride 2020 provides us with an opportunity to consider the intersection of sexuality and race. This year’s Pride happens with the backdrop of anti-racism activism. We have been flooded with images of anti-Black racism and many people are joining together to take a stand against racism. In recognition of this moment, let’s centre the [...]
It was the summer of 1969, in Manhattan, New York. On June 28, the Stonewall Inn, a hangout for LGBTQ2S+ persons was raided by police. It was raided simply because it was known as a “gay” establishment. It was raided because of bigotry. The Stonewall’s patrons were tired of the ongoing police harassment and [...]
From YW WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES® to walking around the neighbourhoods where we live and work, YW Calgary and the Calgary Police Service (CPS) have a longstanding relationship. YW works most closely with our Community Resource Officers (CROs) in the communities in which we operate. YW meets on a semi-regular basis with [...]
A message to our community partners: I want to take a moment to thank you, our community partners for demonstrating how incredibly effective we call all be when we come together to support one another. It has been a difficult time and a steep learning curve for all of us, as individuals and organizations. [...]
As the pandemic continues and we're are still trying to settle into 'the new normal', added fear, uncertainty, stress and anxiety are emotions many of us are still grappling with. Over 50 per cent of Canadians are finding it stressful to leave their homes for public spaces and 40 per cent anticipate the worst [...]
Talia Bell, Vice President, Programs and Services shares a message of hope with our community with a video message. If you or someone you know needs help, YW is here for your right now. Our 24/7 crisis line is always open: 403.266.0707. See all of our programs and services.
Jan Damery, Vice President, External Relations and Engagement, shares a message with donors to say thank you! YW and the families we support need the help of our amazing donor and community now more than ever. Learn how you can help.