YWCA Edmonton is a member of YWCA Canada, the oldest and largest women’s social service organization in the nation.
Founded in 1907, we’re a women’s organization that advances the wellness and growth of women, girls, and families. We provide education and services to thousands every year through leadership programs, counselling, outdoor education, and supporting people with disabilities.
A world of equality, opportunity, and
choice for women.
To lead, support, and advocate for women, girls, and families when and where they need us.
YWCA Edmonton has been a part of our community since it was founded in 1907.
Our first program, Cushing House, rented rooms to single women, newly arrived by train to Edmonton, for $60 per month. From those humble beginnings, YWCA Edmonton has become a cornerstone of our community, responding to the evolving social services needs of Edmonton.
At the heart from the start
YWCA Edmonton contributed support, experience and expertise to the development of many of the most important social services programs for women and children in Edmonton. Some of the Edmonton programs which began under the banner of or in partnership with YWCA Edmonton are:
- United Way, Capital Region (formerly the Edmonton Community Chest)
- Edmonton’s First Daycare
- Edmonton Association of Continuing Education and Recreation (EACER)
- Foster Parents Association of Edmonton
- The Business and Professional Women’s Club
- Big Sisters
- Women in Need (WIN) House
- Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (formerly Rape Crisis Centre)
As we move into our next 100 years of serving Edmonton, we remain committed to empowering women and families and bringing new and effective social innovations to our community.
Board of Directors
President: Renee Oxley
Renee Oxley is the Managing Director, Compliance within Enterprise Risk Management at ATB Financial. Previously, she was responsible for ATB’s Internal Controls over Financial Reporting program with Enterprise Finance. She has also worked with internal audit at the ATCO Group of Companies and was Manager, Financial Reporting and Internal Controls at ATCO Gas.
Renee is a Chartered Accountant and obtained her designation while working for PwC in Edmonton and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. Renee also volunteers as the Treasurer for the Citie Ballet, Edmonton’s resident professional ballet company.
Vice-President: Pamela Lafferty
Vice-President: Naomi Schmold
Naomi is a Privacy Officer and Legal Counsel within the LP Ethics & Compliance team at Enbridge.
Over the years, Naomi has worked for Department of Justice Canada, the Alberta Court of Appeal in Edmonton, the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, and the Center for Constitutional Studies. She also contributes as sessional instructor to the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law, which she graduated from herself.
Naomi is deeply committed to work that enhances women’s equality and wellness. She currently serves on the Canadian Bar Association’s Women’s Law Forum, and is a long-time supporter of Edmonton’s Boys & Girls Club Big Brothers Big Sisters. She previously volunteered with the University of Alberta Sexual Assault Centre, as well as the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF).
Treasurer: Kathy Demuth
Kathy Demuth is the Chief Financial Officer of ZCL Composites Inc.
Kathy obtained her Chartered Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Certified Internal Auditor designations while at Grant Thornton LLP Chartered Accountants, where she held progressively more responsible roles during her time there. She then worked as the Internal Audit Manager for Finning (Canada), before joining ZCL. She was Vice President Finance at ZCL before eventually moving into her current role.
Kathy volunteers her time with Ironteam – Cops for Cancer in support of cancer-related charities. She is also a past volunteer with Edmonton’s Boys & Girls Club Big Brothers Big Sisters as a finance committee member, and with Junior Achievement, among others.
Secretary: Ann Boyd
Ann has a Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta and works with children at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in both physical medicine and mental health. She has traveled to Indonesia as both a student and mentor, assisting in developing Occupational Therapy practice abroad.
With her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, Ann is passionate about sports and the role physical activity plays in empowering youth and women. She currently plays Australian Rules Football for the Edmonton Emus and is involved in the youth development program.
Raising a daughter of her own, Ann would like to help build a local and international community through music, sport and a love for travel that inspires women, men and children to work towards social justice and gender equality.
Hilary is the communications manager at Finning (Canada), with communications experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. She spends her days communicating with 4,500+ employees across Western Canada and believes communication is key to motivating, building trust, increasing engagement and creating a sense of community.
Growing up on a farm near Andrew, Alberta, Hilary moved to Edmonton to attend the University of Alberta where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She is currently completing a Master of Arts in Professional Communication at Royal Roads University.
A proud Edmontonian and a strong believer in giving back, Hilary has also volunteered with Edmonton Police Service’s Victim Services Unit, the Zebra Child Protection Centre and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
Clarice Anderson is a teacher, a consultant for Alberta Education, and most importantly, a mother to 4 energetic boys.
As a young girl, she always looked up to and admired teachers and those who shared their knowledge. This admiration became a driving force in her pursuit of higher education and a fulﬁlling career spanning more than 15 years.
Avid about ﬁtness, Clarice advocates for healthy activity. She has impressed this passion on her students and loves to see them develop and thrive.
With a Masters in Indigenous Land-Based Education, Clarice has represented her Cree culture and education around the world, most recently at the Annual Education Conference in Hawaii. As a proud member of Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Clarice feels a duty to share, speak and educate others to aid and advance Reconciliation and Women’s Rights in Canada.
Georgia Dewart is a registered nurse and doctoral student at the University of Alberta.
As a labour and delivery nurse with a passion for women’s health, Georgia returned to graduate studies to research HIV care, health equity and harm reduction programs. She is interested in both research and community services that help improve the health of women and marginalized populations.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Georgia completed her BScN at the University of Alberta in 2013. She is actively involved in numerous volunteer roles including committee work, cofounding of the Alberta Nurses Coalition for Harm Reduction (ANCHR) and outreach in the inner city.
In her spare time, Georgia loves to travel and enjoys co-teaching a self-defense class for young girls and their parents.
Rachelle is the Finance Manager for GMS Aggregates Inc. and has been for the last 9 years.
Rachelle holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and a Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan. While working at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rachelle obtained her Chartered Accountant designation and then later worked as assistant controller for McCoy Corporation/Farr Canada. She also previously served as Board Member for Clean Scene, assisting youth in living a drug- and crime- free lifestyle.
Ambitious and motivated, Rachelle is continually seeking to be inspired and to in turn inspire others, especially women. She enjoys playing women’s ball hockey and travelling with her husband and 2 kids.
Kathleen Elhatton-Lake is a litigation associate with Witten LLP. Previously, she clerked at the Alberta Court of Appeal and articled at a large national firm in downtown Toronto.
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto. While in law school, Kathleen was actively involved in mooting and debating. She attended the World University Debate Championships on behalf of both the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto.
She is passionate about advocating for women and girls and looks forward to contributing to the community.
Supriya James is the Vice President, Human Resources for the Canadian Western Bank and has over 20 years of experience in diverse areas of Human Resource Management.
Supriya has lived and worked in 4 countries and has led the Human Resources function in several industries including banking, retail, property development, hotels and the government.
Supriya is passionate about building strong teams. In her career, her biggest reward has been the privilege of working with and developing some incredible, diverse talent in the businesses she has been associated with. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Masters in Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations.
She is especially passionate about supporting immigrant women in their journey into our community.
Beverly Loo is a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young (EY). She has over 8 years of assurance and advisory experience serving clients, both private and public, in a wide variety of industries including engineering services, retail, insurance, gas utilities, oil and gas services, and pharmaceutical companies.
Beverly is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. Beverly is actively involved in many initiatives at Ernst & Young, holding roles such as:
- EY Edmonton’s Inclusiveness and Diversity Champion;
- EY Edmonton’s Connect Community Leader;
- EY Entrepreneur of the Year Edmonton Champion;
- EY Professional Women’s Network Committee Member; and
- Pan Asian Professional Network (PAPN) Steering Committee Member – representing Canada in EY’s America’s PAPN Steering Committee.
Kimberley Pejs is a Human Resources Business Partner committed to helping others succeed. She brings 13 years of HR Experience, a Bachelors of Commerce Degree, a Chartered HR Professional Designation and a Leadership Development Certificate to the Board.
Currently, Kim is working part-time as an HR Consultant and on building HR infrastructure with a growing manufacturing company. During her 7 years with Shaw Communications, she led strategic HR projects, new process initiatives and coached leaders to be the best they can be.
Kim believes in the positive impact strong role models, support systems and education have on girls and women to be their best.