Searching for Izena

2021 marks a major milestone for Edmonton. It’s been a century since the first woman – Izena Ross – was elected to Edmonton City Council. Since 1921, only 30 women have followed in her footsteps. And only one woman has ever reached the mayor’s chair. YWCA Edmonton and Parity YEG have spearheaded a year-long project … Read more

A Seat at the Board, A Voice at the Table

With the dawn of a new year, many people are often giving thought to their goals, objectives and commitments for the year ahead. Common aims regularly include intentions for self-improvement and growth in the workplace, but sometimes ambitious goals can leave us overwhelmed when we’re unsure of how to take the first step to get … Read more

Canadian Down Syndrome Week: See The Ability

Cody beside river in the mountains

Canadian Down Syndrome Week is celebrated annually from November 1 – a week that aims to encourage the inclusion of people with Down Syndrome, while working to dispel myths and sterotypes. Created by the Canadian Down Syndrome Society, this week celebrates people with Down syndrome and teaches others to See the Ability, highlighting that all … Read more

Introducing The Cabins at Yowochas

Modern Yurt interior

In an era of stay-cations and social distancing, Camp Yowochas is proud to open two new cabin rentals today just 50 minutes west of Edmonton on Wabamun Lake.  Thanks to the generosity of numerous community partners and the decorating help of Edmonton graphic artist Justine Ma, we’ve been able to renovate two cabins and transform … Read more

We want to deal in hope, not hopelessness

While walking with her young daughter recently, our Director of Counselling Services Ashey Lim says that about ten minutes into the walk her daughter became sad and had really low energy. She said, “Mommy, my feet are hurting. My toes are sore.” After checking her daughter’s feet, she realized the shoes had gotten two sizes … Read more

Who would have thought that life as we knew it would change so fast?

Frontline. It’s a word we’ve all heard a lot during the last seven months. The men and women who risk their health to look after our communities are real heroes. Have you considered that there are hidden frontline workers? Sounds a bit paradoxical doesn’t it, but consider the support workers of YWCA Edmonton’s disabled community.  … Read more

Securing the Future of Alberta Families: Economic Recovery

The last three months have brought unprecedented change, uncertainty and disruption to our community. And, unfortunately, it has become increasingly clear that women and girls have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, including increased gender-based violence, unpaid labour and job losses. Alberta has faced a “double-whammy” because it was already reeling from economic … Read more

Serving our community in crisis: a message from Katherine O’Neill, YWCA Edmonton’s new CEO

March 16, 2020 is a date our community won’t soon forget.

It was the day when it became very clear the COVID-19 crisis had reached our borders and every single Canadian was now being urged by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stay home indefinitely to help stop the spread of this deadly virus.

It was also the day I started my new role as the CEO at the YWCA Edmonton.