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,
We’re lucky to live in a city with such a strong focus on community. We see that community spirit come alive every year at the AFP Edmonton & Area National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon, and this year was no different. On November 9, more than 120 individuals, corporations, foundations, volunteers, and the like, from around
The holidays can hold different meanings for different people, but for us, they’re a time for our Disability Services individuals, families, and staff to come together as a community. On December 14, around 200 attendees filled the Alberta Avenue Community League for our annual Disability Services Christmas Party. Decorations, gifts, turkey dinner, and a visit from Santa (herself)
We all receive many requests for support during the holiday season. So, I thought I’d like to give you a small gift: the heart-warming story of one of the children we see here in our Counselling Centre. The other day I was working with my office door open, as I often do. I heard a
Hundreds of men traded in their everyday footwear for high heels in downtown Edmonton today, all to help families walk away from domestic violence. City councillors, police officers, military personnel, and men and women from all walks of life tottered down 104 Street and Jasper Avenue for this year’s YWCA WALK A MILE IN HER