March 11, 2021

Thank you for joining the 10th anniversary YWHISPER, a virtually unmissable event, in partnership with The Walrus Talks at Home. Four special guest speakers shared their perspectives on Shifting the She-cession and what needs to be done for a more equitable future. Proceeds raised through this important evening will support more than 5,500 vulnerable women and families served by YW Calgary each year.

This past year has been hard on everyone. It’s been even harder for vulnerable women and their families. That’s why this may have been our most important YWHISPER yet.

Our keynote speakers unpacked the disproportionate challenges faced by women and gender-diverse people as a result of the pandemic, and the opportunities to push for real systemic change as we move toward recovery. The 10th Anniversary YWHISPER event featured talks with:

Armine Yalnizyan

Armine Yalnizyan is a leading voice on Canada’s economic scene and coiner of the term she-cession. She is the Atkinson Foundation’s fellow on the future of workers. She served as senior economic policy advisor for the deputy minister at Employment and Social Development Canada from 2018 to 2019. She helped lead the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Inequality Project from 2008 to 2017. She has provided business commentary for CBC Radio’s Metro Morning and CBC TV’s premier business show On the Money. She is also a frequent contributor to CBC Radio, TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, and BNN’s Bloomberg Markets. She is a past president of the Canadian Association for Business Economics.

Sally Armstrong

Sally Armstrong has covered stories in zones of conflict all over the world. From Bosnia and Somalia to Congo and Afghanistan, her eyewitness reports have earned her international acclaim. In addition to her journalism, Armstrong is the author of several books, including Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan; Bitter Roots, Tender Shoots: The Uncertain Fate of Afghanistan’s Women; and, most recently, Ascent of Women: A New Age Is Dawning for Every Mother’s Daughter. In 2019, Armstrong delivered the renowned CBC Massey Lecture series, traveling across the country to discuss how improving the status of women globally is crucial to our survival. In recognition of her work, Armstrong was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2017. She also won her fourth Amnesty International Canada Media Award for her work in Iraq and the Gold Award for Investigative Journalism at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards for her work about the Yazidis.

Sheila NorthSheila North is the former grand chief of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) and the former chief communications officer for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. She ran for the position of national chief of the Assembly of First Nations in 2018 on a platform of reforms. She is a former CTV journalist and documentarian, and was nominated for a Gemini Award as a CBC journalist. As a filmmaker, Sheila released the documentary 1200+ about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG), which was featured on CTV in 2019. As a Cree host, she has also voiced episodes of Taken, a series about MMIW, for APTN and CBC.

Ann HuiAn author and journalist, Ann Hui is currently The Globe and Mail’s national food reporter. Her book, Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada’s Chinese Restaurants, was a national bestseller. In it, she documents the journey of how she drove across Canada, from Victoria to Fogo Island, to write about small-town Chinese restaurants and the families who run them. Using her own family’s story as a touchstone, she explores the importance of these restaurants in the country’s history and makes the case for why chop suey cuisine should be recognized as quintessentially Canadian.

YWHISPER has raised more than 3 million dollars over the past nine years and your support helps women and their families live free from violence, find safety, economic stability and build a brighter future.  We want to extend our deepest appreciation to our loyal guests, sponsors and donors for supporting YW Calgary.

Tickets are no longer available for the YWHISPER Air Canada Around-the-World Raffle. Thank you to all who purchased!

Voted one of Maclean’s Top 100 Charities of 2020, YW Calgary focuses on enhancing women’s well-being while advocating for equity. Each year YW supports nearly 6,000 women and their families move from crisis to stability by providing shelter, supportive housing, counselling, child development, childcare, education and employment programs in partnership with our donors, government and other social agencies.


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2021 Event Task Force

  • Shaun Richards (Chair)
  • Courtney Burton
  • Alana Kitchen
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