Never Forget That Reconciliation Involves All Of Us

March 21, 2017 by YWCA Toronto

My position at YWCA Toronto is unlike any other. I have taken a small plane in the middle of winter into the Neskantaga First Nation in northern Ontario to deliver training. While visiting Nak’azdli Whut’en First Nation in northern British Columbia, a participant gifted me with an Eagle feather passed down from an Elder. That […]

Building a Stronger Future with the Skilled Trades

February 24, 2017 by YWCA Toronto

Amari Bailey knew she had to make a change. She felt stuck in a customer service job that brought her little satisfaction. “The job was stressful and emotionally draining,” said Amari. “It was never fun for me, it was always just a paycheque.” Despite everything she put into her work, Amari felt completely, utterly replaceable. […]

Why I March

February 16, 2017 by YWCA Toronto

As a queer, Caribbean-Canadian, Black woman, every day my personal is political. I advocate for understanding as an ally and for different perspectives to be shared. I speak up when I see injustice. And I march. I invite you to march with me as part of YWCA Toronto’s delegation at the International Women’s Day march […]

Celebrating Black Women of Distinction

February 07, 2017 by YWCA Toronto

To mark Black History Month, we are taking a look back at Black women who are amongst those honoured with YWCA Toronto’s Women of Distinction Award. This annual award is bestowed upon women who have demonstrated an iron-clad commitment to improving the lives of other girls, women and marginalized groups. It has been going strong […]

Stronger Together: Ten Ways To Make Your Voice Heard

January 31, 2017 by YWCA Toronto

YWCA Toronto condemns Islamophobia, xenophobia and racism. We offer our support and solidarity to the Muslim community, in Toronto and across Canada, during this challenging time. Never has there been such an important moment for us all to speak out and take action to counter Islamophobia and racism. We must also call on our elected representatives to […]

Look To Women’s Shelters To Help Shape Mental Health Conversations

January 24, 2017 by YWCA Toronto

Some of the most passionate mental health advocates work in women’s shelters. Women on the front-lines for addressing mental health needs. Women supporting other women to find safety, stability, and empowerment in their lives — in a way, sisterhood embodied. We need to hear their voices as Canada embarks on necessary (and overdue) conversations on […]

What Makes A City World-Class? Investment In Poverty Reduction

January 12, 2017 by YWCA Toronto

There is a lot at stake in this year’s city budget. YWCA Toronto supports new revenue tools to stop unacceptable service cuts, and we urge Council to make a substantial investment in Toronto’s poverty reduction strategy. This is critically important for women in our city, who have disproportionately higher poverty rates. The women we work […]

Three Ways YWCA’s International Boutique Makes a Global Impact

January 09, 2017 by YWCA Toronto

Did you know that YWCA Toronto is part of a global movement working to help women and girls? In over 120 countries, YWCA’s create valuable resources and fight for women’s rights. As part of this global movement, YWCA’s from around the world come together to support sister Associations by funding projects that create opportunities for […]

Celebrating 25 Years of Building Strong Futures for Women

December 05, 2016 by YWCA Toronto

“It’s important to take the opportunity to celebrate achievements,” said YWCA Toronto CEO Heather McGregor at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of YWCA Toronto’s 3090 Kingston Road Employment and Training Centre. And the employment and training team has a lot to celebrate. In the 25 years since they first opened their doors in Scarborough, they have […]

This #GivingTuesday Help Empower Girls

November 29, 2016 by YWCA Toronto

Growing up as a girl in today’s world can be a struggle. From bullying, harassment, and inequality to balancing family life with the expectations of school, girls and young women face many challenges. Discovering who you are and who you want to become can be a tough process and too many girls confront these struggles […]