There Is No Health Without Mental Health

2021-05-25T18:39:33-06:00May 25th, 2021|Our View, Uncategorized|

Deep breaths. They’ve been helping us get through the past fifteen months of the pandemic and they’ve also been helping YW Calgary clients, including a mother and daughter who came to us recently for support. Elena, a single mom, lost her job as a restaurant server. Then, schools closed and her nine-year-old daughter, Chloe, [...]

Q&A With Mackenzie Fraser, Mindful Moments Facilitator

2021-05-04T08:45:51-06:00April 28th, 2021|Our View|

We sat down (virtually, of course!) with Mackenzie, one of our Mindful Moments facilitators. Keep reading to learn about her role, the Mindful Moments program, and how mindfulness is helping people cope with the stresses and challenges of the pandemic. Q: Hi Mackenzie! You’re a Child Development Counsellor – can you tell us [...]

Mindfulness: A tool against racism

2020-09-21T20:31:03-06:00October 8th, 2020|Our View|

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. [...]

Season of Mindfulness

2020-09-21T20:24:47-06:00October 1st, 2020|Our View|

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 routines

2020-09-21T20:10:11-06:00September 24th, 2020|Our View|

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: Celebrating Queer Women

2020-09-03T11:50:51-06:00September 3rd, 2020|Our View|

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 [...]

GUEST BLOG: Pride-The March Goes On

2020-09-02T17:06:04-06:00September 2nd, 2020|Our View|

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 [...]

Chatting with a Community Resource Officer

2020-08-14T14:10:43-06:00August 14th, 2020|Our View|

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 [...]

To our community partners

2020-07-28T16:22:42-06:00July 30th, 2020|Our View, Uncategorized|

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. [...]

Kicking thought distortions

2020-07-29T15:04:34-06:00July 24th, 2020|Our View|

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 [...]