Creating brighter futures for women & families

Equality, opportunity, choice

As part of the oldest and largest women’s social service organization in Canada, the YWCA Edmonton has been serving the capital region since its founding in 1907. We are a women’s organization that advances the wellness and growth of women, girls, and families. 

“The YWCA is the reason I’m alive today. When I first walked into the Counselling Centre, I had run out of reasons to live. I had no money to afford help.
I was lucky to find the YWCA.”

Real Impact

Since founding in 1907, YWCA Edmonton has grown and evolved with Edmontonians, responding to the ever-changing issues and needs of a growing population.

Today, we’re proud to support 8,000 women and families through counselling, leadership programs, outdoor education, and disability services. 


85% of Counselling Services clients have a better understanding of the issues they face and how to cope with them.

New CEO of YWCA Edmonton: 'We need to talk about social profit.'

Edmonton, meet Leslie! YWCA Edmonton is proud to introduce Leslie Allen, our new Chief Executive Officer. Leslie is a new Edmontonian coming to our city from Saskatchewan. She holds a Masters of Business Administration in Community Economic Development and brings with her 35 years of experience in the social services sector. For 15 of these years, she has served as Executive Director for various social service agencies across the prairies. Leslie’s experience fits well with the work of YWCA Edmonton, specifically in the areas of women in crisis, domestic violence, women’s shelters, and individuals with developmental disabilities. She also has…

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