Support Young Women in Every Way Possible

May 29, 2019 by YWCA Toronto

By Huda Idrees I am incredibly humbled to receive the YWCA Toronto Young Woman of Distinction Award. When I first received the call from Bessy Triantafyllos, then Board President, that I had been selected, I thought, there must be a mistake! Doesn’t the “C” in YWCA stand for “Christian?” I have been accused of many […]


April 23, 2019 by YWCA Toronto
Image by Audrey Lee

By Eleanor Moore and Diane Goudie Given the recent discussion around education and how to build resilience in students, we find ourselves looking again at the reasons we created an independent, feminist girls’ school 25 years ago. A fundamental question we asked 25 years ago: How do we make a feminist school? Little did we […]

Women in Tech: A Candid Conversation with Judy Huber

April 09, 2019 by YWCA Toronto

Judy Huber has had a multi-decade career in software engineering including two decades of global executive roles. She made history as the first Canadian woman software development executive at IBM Canada. Her most recent roles were Vice President World Wide Analytics IBM and the Executive Director of the IBM Canada Software Laboratory. Now retired, Judy […]

World Health Day: More than a lump sum to cover a few periods

April 07, 2019 by YWCA Toronto

By Jana Girdauskas Recently, the documentary short Period. End Of Sentence., won an Oscar. The movie highlights the stigma and shame surrounding menstruation in some areas of India. Here in Canada we experience a similar issue: the period is still a source of whispers and embarrassment, particularly for young women. The truth is, approximately 50% of […]

Reflecting on the 2019 Women of Distinction on IWD

March 08, 2019 by YWCA Toronto

On the eve of International Women’s Day 2019, I found myself surrounded by some pretty amazing women. Looking over a frozen Toronto from the 54th floor of the TD Tower, I joined more than 100 guests and colleagues to meet and hear from the nine women who will receive a YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction […]

#BalanceforBetter in the Media? We’re Long Overdue

March 08, 2019 by YWCA Toronto

Opinion by Lisa Kimmel, Chair & CEO of Edelman Canada; Chair, Edelman Latin America and Global Women’s Equality Network; and, 2019 YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Every year, International Women’s Day (IWD) comes around again and reminds us gender inequality still requires our attention and action. It might be easy to be frustrated at the […]

Celebrating Black History Month at YWCA Toronto

February 01, 2019 by YWCA Toronto

Happy 2019 Black History Month! In honour of Black History Month, we celebrate YWCA Toronto’s Women of Distinction from Canada’s diverse Black communities. This annual award is given to women who have demonstrated an unshakeable commitment to improving the lives of other women and girls. Trailblazers, door-openers, activists and change makers – YWCA Toronto celebrates […]

12 Feminist Resolutions for 2019

December 27, 2018 by YWCA Toronto

Let’s make 2019 the most empowering year yet! This list was inspired by   Art by Hana Shafi Stop Shame Art by Natalia Vico I will not be ashamed to do what my body and mind requires to stay healthy and happy. I will not feel shame when I ask for help. Asking for help is […]

Celebrating Women of Distinction Alumna: Debbie Douglas

October 30, 2018 by YWCA Toronto

October 30, 2018 In 2004, YWCA Toronto honoured Debbie Douglas with a Women of Distinction Award for her exemplary commitment to social justice. Debbie is currently the Executive Director of OCASI – the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants – a provincial body representing over 234 agencies across the province employing over 20,000 workers. Recently, […]

The Erasure Of Indigenous Women From Toronto’s Election Scares Me

October 04, 2018 by YWCA Toronto

Before the summer’s end, I visited two friends, two Indigenous women who are also lawyers like me. We met up near Davenport Road. We chatted over dessert and drinks. Eventually we decided to leave, and I ordered a car sharing service. It arrived with another man inside but I had not ordered a carpool. I […]