The 11th annual YWHISPER Gala returned bigger and better than ever on International Women’s Day – March 8, 2023.

The past few years have been hard on everyone. It’s been even harder for vulnerable women and their families. That’s why this was one of our most important YWHISPER Gala yet.  Proceeds raised through this important evening will support the more than 6,000 vulnerable women and families served by YW Calgary. Thank you to all those who supported this year’s event!


YW was honoured to be joined by Gloria Allred, the trailblazing, award-winning lawyer who has tirelessly fought for justice for women and minorities as our 2023 YWHISPER Fundraising Gala Keynote Speaker.

Gloria is a fearless feminist, activist, television and radio commentator, warrior, advocate, and winner. During her keynote address, Gloria shared stories of legal battles related to iconic cases such as Roe v Wade, Bill Cosby, and Harvey Weinstein. She reminded us that women were never given rights; we had to fight for them and must continue fighting; she embraced a theme of being comfortable talking about the uncomfortable; and rallied the enthralled crowd around the statement “giving up is a luxury we can’t afford”.

International Women’s Day and the gala are over for this year but the work to embrace equity, advocate for those who continue to experience barriers and trauma, and keep the uncomfortable conversations going continues every day – at YW and beyond. Mark your calendars for next March when we will gather again for YWHISPER 2024! 

2023 Photos 

View this year’s event photos!


Tickets for the 2024 event available this fall.


Accepting donations for 2024.

“Giving up is a luxury we can’t afford.”

– 2023 YWHISPER speaker, Gloria Allred

YWHISPER has raised more than 4 million dollars over the past eleven years. 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, and we hope to see you at the 2024 event!

Thank you to our 2023 YWHISPER Sponsors


2024 Event Leadership Committee

  • Ann McCaig (Honorary Chair)
  • Jane McCaig (Co-chair)
  • Emma Waller (Co-Chair)
  • Alex Burroughs
  • Pritma Dhillon Chatta
  • Manhar Cheema
  • Claire Edwards
  • Vivienne Huisman
  • Heather McDermid
  • Lara Murphy
  • Jillian Pardee
  • Abby Tomney
  • Molly Tonken

A portion of 2023 YWHISPER event tickets are eligible for a charity tax receipt. Charitable tax receipts are issued following the event to the email address provided online at the time of purchase. For any receipting questions, please contact donor_relations@ywcalgary.ca.