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Author: Christine McCourt-Reid

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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Indigenous Peoples

YWCAs of Alberta Joint Statement on Kamloops Residential School

The devastating discovery of 215 children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School is a painful reminder of the residential school system’s horrific legacy of violence and abuse. The YWCAs of Alberta mourn these children, and extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the survivors, families and all First Nations people throughout Turtle Island.  Without

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Pandemic Recovery

One Year Into COVID-19

One Year Into COVID-19 It’s not every day that you start a new job and then immediately have to close down the office indefinitely and send everyone home amidst a once-in-a-century pandemic.  But that was my whirlwind experience when I joined YWCA Edmonton as our new CEO one year ago today. I hadn’t even met

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Choose To Challenge

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day: From Challenge Comes Change Marked annually on March 8, International Women’s Day is a day  that celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women throughout the world. The day is also a focal point for women’s rights, and marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. International Women’s Day (IWD)

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Pink Shirt Day

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

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Gender Parity

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

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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

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Disability Services

Canadian Down Syndrome Week: See The Ability

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

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Cabin Rentals

Introducing The Cabins at Yowochas

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

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