This week, we join the rest of Canada in celebrating Gender Equality Week! From September 23rd-27th, people from coast to coast will celebrate the progress our country has made in advancing gender equality, while reflecting on the work that remains to make sure that everyone – regardless of their gender – can reach their full … Read more

SAFE EDMONTON HEARTS AND HEALS! has quickly shot up to the top of the fundraising lists for YWCA WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES®

Not only does the team hold the distinction of being the top fundraising team so far for the 2019 event, they also have the current Top Three individual fundraisers. Co-captains Sergeant Mike Elliott and Dr. John Lilley are aiming to be the largest, most successful fundraising team that Walk a Mile Edmonton has ever seen … Read more

She came to her first appointment with four kids in tow

The children were weary: a thirteen year old, a ten year old, a seven year old, and the two year old with his thumb stuffed deep in his mouth. She was barely thirty herself. Before she said anything else, she apologized for not having anyone else to watch the kids. “It’s been hard,” she said, … Read more

‘Everyone deserves to be safe in their home’: Edmontonians put their best foot forward for YWCA Edmonton

In the summer of 2013, Curtis Hargrove walked from his home in Cold Lake to Edmonton. He made the nearly 300-kilometre journey in ruby-red high heels.  “When I started, they were four-inch heels but by the time I was done, they were about two inches,” Hargrove says. The less-than-ideal walking shoes gave Hargrove blisters and … Read more

Compass Centre for Sexual Wellness programs and services find new home at YWCA Edmonton

Compass Centre for Sexual Wellness is making a change designed to better support the communities it serves. Starting in late August, YWCA Edmonton will begin delivering sexual health support and education programs previously offered by Compass Centre. Three programs currently offered by Compass Centre will now be delivered by YWCA Edmonton. These programs include: education … Read more

Creating an environment for voices to grow

Camp Yowochas is situated on 50 acres of beautiful aspen parkland forest. With unparalleled access to water, undisturbed forest, flora, fauna, and wetlands, our environment is our most powerful teaching tool as a summer camp and outdoor education centre. “Much of our teaching comes in the form of facilitation,” explained Natalie Armbruster (a.k.a. “Hawk”), one … Read more

Government of Canada announces funding for women’s organizations in Edmonton and Northern Alberta

YWCA Edmonton is a strong, reputable voice for women in our city. We were founded in 1907 to offer young women newly arrived in our city a safe place to stay, and training for employment. Through the next hundred years, we grew and evolved with Edmontonians, responding to the ever-changing issues and the needs of … Read more

Speaking Up to Transform Trauma

Trauma flows from any life event perceived as too difficult to process. It can manifest emotionally as depression or anxiety, or physically as injury or illness. Regardless, trauma plays a powerful role in our mental health, often silencing true information and narrating our reality with a negative or dysfunctional voice: “I’m not good enough. I’m … Read more