Pink Shirt Day Pink Shirt Day is observed on the last Wednesday of February in Canada; it’s a day marked by people wearing pink shirts to take a stand against bullying. This initiative started in Nova Scotia in 2007, after two teen boys saw a younger student being bullied for wearing a pink shirt to … Read more
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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.