COVID-19 Income Supports

2020-04-02T16:34:01-06:00March 30th, 2020|Our View, Uncategorized|

The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant challenges in all of our lives. The situation has impacted many of us financially, but it can be difficult to know where to turn for support. In addition to existing income supports, the federal and provincial governments are offering extra help to individuals and families in these unprecedented [...]

YW Calgary COVID-19 Update

2020-04-04T10:21:45-06:00March 13th, 2020|Our View|

YW Calgary Coronavirus Update: April 4, 2020 YW Calgary has been working diligently and closely monitoring the developing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in our city, our province and across the globe. YW Calgary is taking our lead from Alberta Health Services. YW is being proactive in our response and action to this virus and making [...]

Alberta Budget 2020

2020-03-11T15:10:00-06:00March 11th, 2020|Our View, Uncategorized|

Alberta’s economy is moving through some significant challenges – so too are its people. The YWCAs of Alberta are pleased to be able to continue to do this work with the support of Alberta Government’s 2020 Budget. On Thursday, February 27 YW Calgary was invited to attend the Budget Lock Up at the Legislature [...]

Power Shift: Women’s Economic Inclusion

2020-03-09T14:51:13-06:00March 9th, 2020|Our View|

Women are ready, willing and able to lead the future of our economy. YW Calgary envisions an inclusive economy where there is an equitable shift in power and resources so people of all genders can: share decision in making within organizations, be compensated fairly and be treated respectfully. On average women make 60% of [...]

Guest Blog: #MeToo and what comes next

2020-02-18T12:17:32-07:00February 18th, 2020|Our View|

In the era of hashtags, wokeness, -isms and anti-, and at the risk of exposing my age, I must ask: Does anyone remember MySpace?! Having experienced a transient upbringing, for me it became a medium to display my teenage angst and keep up with friends in different parts of the world. I strategically chose [...]

YW Celebrates Black History Month

2020-01-29T14:32:29-07:00January 28th, 2020|Our View|

Black History Month, otherwise known as Black Futures Month starts on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Calgary is home to a vibrant and diverse black community that spans continents, cultures and identities. This diversity brings a richness to our community and in celebration of Black History Month we have compiled a list of events for [...]

Stopping Domestic Violence Before it Starts

2020-01-16T14:45:51-07:00January 15th, 2020|Our View|

Domestic abuse can affect any member of the family - parents, children, siblings and extended family or friends. For those experiencing abuse or violence, the impacts last for years – or even lifetimes. It can look like low self-esteem; a sense they don’t deserve or know what a healthy relationship is or causing harm [...]

Rose Campaign and gender-based violence

2019-12-06T11:08:38-07:00December 5th, 2019|Our View|

December 6 is Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. On this day in 1989, 14 young women were murdered at l’Ecole Polytechnique in a targeted attack because they were women. Each year, YWCA's across Canada remember the women and re-commit to taking action on violence against women and [...]

Empowering families this holiday

2019-11-28T16:40:11-07:00November 27th, 2019|Our View|

The holidays are soon upon us and the spirit of giving is in the air. For many, it is time to cozy up by the fireside— but unfortunately, not everyone has that luxury. On any given night, more than 170 women and children sleep at YW Calgary because here they are safe. Like many [...]

A final farewell to YW’s downtown location

2019-11-18T10:23:03-07:00November 16th, 2019|Our View|

This week, the YW team said a final good-bye with mixed emotions to YW's old building downtown. For nearly 50 years, the building located on 5th Avenue supported women and families in Calgary, initially as a hostel then transitional housing. Nearly 7 years ago, YW recognized a need for a new space that better [...]