Poverty and Thanksgiving

2018-10-05T16:23:32+00:00October 5th, 2018|Our View|

October is End Poverty Month here in Calgary we know that creating communities where women thrive is dependent on ensuring they have access to a fair, living wage. When the minimum wage went up to $15 per hour this week, we celebrated because it meant that vulnerable individuals in our community employed at minimum wage [...]

Celebrating Gender Equality Week

2018-09-28T15:42:04+00:00September 28th, 2018|Our View|

It’s the first ever Gender Equality Week in Calgary and boy has it been a wild ride. The week started off promising as we got ready to talk about the important work we’re doing to advance gender equality at a resource fair hosted by the City of Calgary. We spent much of the early part [...]

Dany walks a mile for vulnerable women and children

2018-09-12T15:19:42+00:00September 12th, 2018|Our View|

When Dany walked into the room, the first thing that he did was to thank our team even though we were there because he chose to support YW. You see, this year’s YW WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES® event marks Dany’s fifth year of throwing on a pair of high heels, rallying support [...]

Visibility and Pride

2018-09-02T10:22:26+00:00September 2nd, 2018|Our View|

This weekend Calgary gets ready to gather as a community and celebrate Pride. Many of you may have seen the other Pride marches in towns and cities across the world showcasing the vibrant rainbows and flags we have come to associate with Pride. As a woman-centred organization and a long-standing fixture in the Calgary community [...]

More than a decade of walking for women and their children

2018-08-07T11:16:55+00:00August 7th, 2018|Our View|

Mary found herself trapped in an abusive relationship. Mary faced demeaning and degrading comments daily, but when the abuse turned physical, Mary knew she had to leave. It was through her own knowledge of the non-profit sector that Mary found herself seeking refuge at YW’s Sheriff King Home crisis shelter. There she got the courage [...]

GUEST BLOG: Anti-racism

2018-07-20T10:03:47+00:00July 19th, 2018|Our View|

For Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday, we are featuring a blog written by a YW team member on her experiences with Apartheid and the institutionalized racism found in North American and Canadian culture.  I’m black. I’m a cis female. I’m an immigrant. I’m a borderline millennial. And a whole bunch of other things beyond rhetoric. [...]

Greyhound Closure

2018-07-13T14:57:55+00:00July 13th, 2018|Our View|

When you live in the hustle and bustle of big city life with access to hospitals, doctors, groceries and government agencies, it can be easy to take for granted the vital role safe and reliable transportation plays in our everyday lives. As city dwellers we have options, we can jump on the train to [...]

5 years since the flood

2018-06-25T15:40:19+00:00June 25th, 2018|Our View|

Last week marked five years since the June floods submerged Calgary and left many of citizens and organizations in crisis mode. The YW was deeply impacted by flooding, so we spoke with Sue Tomney, CEO, and Elsbeth Mehrer, VP People & Engagement, on the experiences of those nine days touching on the strength and [...]

Terry Crews: The triple threat

2018-06-15T07:33:23+00:00June 15th, 2018|Our View|

You may know him as the face of Old Spice, or as Bedlam in Deadpool 2 or as the yogurt-loving Terry Jeffords in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, we know Terry Crews as an actor, an artist, one of the most thoughtful voices in gender criticism and our keynote speaker for our 8th annual YWHISPER Fundraising Gala.   For many, a feminist, women-centred organization announcing Terry [...]