Rose Campaign and gender-based violence

2019-12-05T16:17:34-07:00December 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 who were murdered at l’Ecole Polytechnique in a taregeted attack because they were women. Each year, YWCA's across Canada remember the women and re-commit to taking action on violence against women [...]

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 [...]

Understanding Clare’s Law

2019-10-31T16:32:38-07:00October 31st, 2019|Our View|

What is Clare’s Law? In 2009, a woman from the United Kingdom named Clare Wood was killed by her intimate partner, who had a history of being a perpetrator of domestic violence. Following her death, Clare’s family advocated for the introduction of a policy whereby members of the public may request information on someone’s [...]

Fall Provincial Policy Priorities: supporting vulnerable Albertans

2019-10-21T14:24:40-07:00October 21st, 2019|Our View|

This fall’s budget promises to provide direction and clarity on what the provincial government is planning for the months and years to come. The McKinnon Report and the UCP platform have set out some clear priorities related to curbing the costs of healthcare, education, with a keen focus on promoting the economic competitiveness of [...]

Guest blog: the community’s YW

2019-09-09T16:29:02-07:00September 9th, 2019|Our View|

“A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, based from a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured [...]

Diversity, inclusion & the Pride flag

2019-08-28T15:33:53-07:00August 28th, 2019|Our View|

In recognition of Calgary Pride, our community is gathering this week to celebrate the diversity of our city and create a space where everyone feels safe and welcome to be themselves. Transgender advocate and actress, Laverne Cox said, “I’ve never been interested in being invisible and erased”. When she talks about being ‘invisible’ and ‘erased’ [...]

Guest Blog: Inglewood Welcomes YW with Open Arms

2019-07-12T13:35:41-07:00July 12th, 2019|Our View|

I attended the YWCA’s Neighbour Day festivities on June 15th to get a sneak-a-peek tour of the new ‘YW Hub’ complete in construction and scheduled to officially open its doors September 1, 2019. Community and neighbourhood collaboration were focal points around the visioning, design and construction of the YW’s new, state-of-the-art building. Members of [...]

GUEST BLOG: National Indigenous Peoples Day

2019-06-21T15:36:37-07:00June 21st, 2019|Our View|

As I, and many others shuffled into the rehearsal studio in the Arts Commons, children, families and elders sat wide-eyed waiting for the event to begin. We had all gathered at the Arts Commons to celebrate Indigenous culture and heritage for their National Indigenous People’s Day Celebrations. The room reflected the diversity of Calgary’s [...]

Dear Volunteers: thank you!

2019-04-10T15:40:42-07:00April 7th, 2019|Our View|

Volunteers are the soul of any non-profit organization and YW Calgary is no exception. Our work can only be done in concert with our committed volunteers, donors, community partners and women and their families. Each volunteer is a key component in helping YW achieve our mission to intervene, empower and lead where and when [...]