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Bowling. Dancing. Art classes. Lyle likes to stay busy. And now, thanks to a major personal achievement, he can add swimming to the list. Lyle, 55, was first referred to YWCA Edmonton’s Disability Services in 2012. He lives full-time in a support home to help him manage with his cerebral palsy and mild intellectual disability.
More women and families seeking specialized support for complex trauma can now access YWCA Edmonton’s Counselling Services when they need to, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund. “Every year, the number of people who come to our doors looking for help increases,” said Leslie Allen, CEO of YWCA Edmonton.
She was shocked the first time it happened. Her husband hit her in the middle of an argument and gave her a black eye. He apologized and promised it would never happen again. But then, there was a second time. And, a third time. And, too many times to count after that. Eventually, the abuse
*Ella’s life changed when she was 10 years old. That was the year she lost a pivotal role model in her life: her mother. Her father and siblings remained a constant source of support growing up, but her mother’s death left an undeniable hole in her life. Then she met him — her now ex-husband.
YWCA Edmonton offers affordable Counselling Services using a unique model that ensures the most vulnerable clients with the highest degree of trauma receive intensive and specialized care, without cost being a barrier. Last year, we provided more than 3,800 counselling sessions to 400 clients — each with their own unique story. In her own words,
Edmonton, meet Leslie! YWCA Edmonton is proud to introduce Leslie Allen, our new Chief Executive Officer. Leslie is a new Edmontonian coming to our city from Saskatchewan. She holds a Masters of Business Administration in Community Economic Development and brings with her 35 years of experience in the social services sector. For 15 of these