Author: Christine McCourt-Reid

The Bonus of Board Service

Board service is an excellent opportunity to contribute to an organization. It can also be a great way to enhance personal and professional skills and expertise. Serving on a board helps you to learn about different leadership styles, corporate cultures and business models while also expanding your peer, professional and community networks. Volunteering on a

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Give the gift of Empowerment this holiday season

This holiday season, you can give the gift of empowerment and equity for women and girls in our community. There’s no denying it: this pandemic has been difficult. But difficult times call for determination, perseverance and teamwork. As Edmonton’s largest and oldest women’s organization, we are no stranger to hard work. And so we continue

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We Dance for Life (Pima’tisowin e’ mimtotaman)

Ongoing settler colonialism and a continuation of genocidal acts towards Indigenous people has resulted in an epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQ+. The multigenerational effects of colonial violence against Indigenous people are known and well-documented in Canada, including legislation in the Indian Act, which was used as a significant tool of

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Stronger Together: Alberta YWCA Advocacy Work Through the Pandemic

The YWCA began its mission to be a powerful voice for women in Alberta more than a century ago. Today, we remain at the forefront of the critical issues facing women and girls. From reducing gender-based violence to implementing trauma-informed practises and developing leadership programs for girls and youth, YWCAs across the province are spearheading

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16 Days

16 Days of Activism

Every year, people around the world observe the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which run from November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) through December 10 (World Human Rights Day). In Canada, we also observe the National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Violence Against Women, in honour of

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Affordable, quality child care for Alberta families

https://www.ywcaofedmonton.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Childcare-Square.mp4 On behalf of YWCA Edmonton, I want to thank the Government of Canada and Government of Alberta for reaching this long-awaited transformative and historic deal on child care. Along with YWCA Calgary, we were honoured to play a small role behind-the-scenes to help government officials get this deal done. It is an important investment

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YWCA Edmonton x DirectHer Network Collaboration 📣

In an effort to increase much-needed gender equality on boards, YWCA Edmonton and DirectHer Network have teamed up on a unique 12-month pilot project aimed at blazing more pathways for women and gender minorities wanting to serve at decision-making tables.  “This partnership is a made-in-Alberta solution to the real challenge of not seeing enough women

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Truth and Reconciliation

September 30: National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

The Canadian Parliament recently enacted legislation establishing September 30th as Truth and Reconciliation Day. It is a day set aside for all Canadians to reflect on and honour the legacy of residential schools. YWCA Edmonton will mark the day by hosting a morning workshop for our staff, with special guest speaker Stephanie Harpe, a local

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Imagine That

Imagine That: A BIPOC Youth Guide to Navigating Teenage Identity is a free, virtual, national conference that will take place Friday, August 13th to Saturday, August 14th 2021.   Imagine That welcomes Black, Indigenous, and other cisgendered girls, trans and gender nonconforming, and two spirit folks of colour from the ages of 13-16 all across Canada.  

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Indigenous Peoples

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Today marks the 25th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day to celebrate, highlight and reflect upon the rich histories, cultures and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. June 21 was chosen because it coincides with the summer solstice, a sacred and joyous time for many First Nations peoples because it marks

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