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 [...]

Flipping the Script by Zandile Moyo

2022-09-12T09:12:21-06:00September 12th, 2022|Our View|

September 9-16 is Welcoming Week in Canada. In this post, Zandile Moyo, Supervisor of YW Calgary's Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), shares her personal experience. Immigration has historically been a defining characteristic of Canada, and it is often referred to as one of the country’s most significant economic advantages. According to [...]

We Are YW – Bruce Byford, Chief Financial Officer

2022-08-24T10:16:22-06:00August 24th, 2022|Our View|

It is thanks to the dedication and support of our people that YW Calgary can do the work we do to support our community. In this new monthly series, we invite you to meet our changemakers – from the dedicated volunteers sitting on our Board of Directors to the core group of executives [...]


2022-08-05T15:21:42-06:00July 19th, 2022|Our View|

YW Calgary recently hosted their 111th Annual General Meeting which highlighted some of the amazing accomplishments of the past year, as well as welcoming the new Chair of the YWCA Board of Directors, Sharon Carry. Lara Murphy, who filled the role of Board Chair since 2020 – in the midst of the chaos [...]

Exploring Domestic Violence in the LGBTQIA2S+ Community by Lana Bentley

2022-06-21T16:49:17-06:00June 21st, 2022|Our View|

The issue of domestic violence is well-known to YW Calgary. For decades, we have supported Calgarians impacted by violence by providing shelter, counselling, and community-based case management programs. As is the case with any issue, with time comes greater understanding and using an intersectional lens, we recognize that there are unique considerations for [...]

Learning More: Two Spirit by Lana Bentley

2022-06-20T10:24:23-06:00June 20th, 2022|Our View|

I recently decided to make a deliberate effort to learn more the “2S” in LGBTQIA2S+. Getting started, here’s what the full acronym means: L – Lesbian G – Gay B – Bisexual T – Transgender Q – Queer I – Intersex A – Asexual 2S – Two-Spirit + - All the other ways [...]

Join us for Neighbour Day 2022

2022-06-17T16:14:20-06:00June 17th, 2022|Our View|

This Saturday, June 18th, 2022, communities throughout Calgary will gather to celebrate Neighbour Day with various types of events such as block parties, barbeques, and even neighbourhood cleanups. The tradition of Neighbour Day began in 2014, one year after Southern Alberta was heavily affected by flooding. The way that communities throughout Calgary supported [...]

YW Resources for Ukrainian Refugees

2022-06-17T16:39:08-06:00June 10th, 2022|Our View|

At YW Calgary, we focus on mental health as one of the main measures to prevent crisis. We promote Breathing Exercises as useful tools for regulating our emotions in stressful times. Download and print the YW Breaking Exercises in English or YW Breathing Exercises in Ukrainian. At the end of the exercises, we [...]