Category: Employment & Training

30 Apr

Lucille loves learning

Lucille Kewayosh – YWCA Toronto Life Skills Coach Lucille loves learning. When she was a child, she could not wait to go to school. On the Muskoday First Nation in Saskatchewan where she was born and raised, she spent all of her free time reading whatever she could get her hands on. School was a […]

24 Feb

Break the Cycle of Poverty

Many of the women who walk through our doors at YWCA Toronto have firsthand experience with the realities of urban poverty, making them well informed to weigh in on the City of Toronto’s TOProsperity: Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy, due to be released in late 2015. When the City asked YWCA Toronto for feedback on how to […]

24 Sep

YWCA Toronto gets Women into Hard Hats and Steel Toes

A lot can happen when women lace up steel-toed boots. For Sheila Martinez, a graduate of YWCA Toronto’s Pre-Apprenticeship Carpentry program for women, entering the skilled trades has been a life-changer. As a single mom who has always loved to do her own plumbing, work outdoors and solve problems with her hands, carpentry was a […]

25 Jun

3 Reasons to Find Support at a YWCA Toronto Employment Centre

Employment & Training by YWCA Toronto

By Sofia Bronze   As Toronto’s labour market becomes increasingly precarious and unstable, women job-seekers find themselves locked in tight competition for roles in which they often earn less than their male counterparts. Between an imbalance of childcare and household responsibilities, frequent histories of violence and trauma, and the lagging self-esteem that comes with professional […]

18 Jun

Challenges Faced by Female Refugees in Canada

By Frances Cumberland & Tracy Chow, JUMP Etobicoke We work as Settlement and Employment Counsellors at the YWCA Toronto JUMP settlement support program in Etobicoke. Every day we work with newcomer women from all over the world who are permanent residents, convention refugees and live-in caregivers with work permits. Every woman who walks through our […]

12 Mar

My Life, My Say: RBC Sustainable Livelihoods Program

When women have the tools for financial independence, they empower themselves and their communities. That’s why RBC is investing $50,000 in Sustainable Livelihoods, a pilot project with YWCA Toronto to support job readiness and financial literacy for young women in Etobicoke and Rexdale. The program will train 45 low-income women aged 16 to 25 in […]

16 Apr

Brighter Futures from MBA women to YWCA Toronto

Guest blog from Ryerson MBA Women in Leadership Association In February, Ryerson’s MBA Women in Leadership Association (WiLA) held an inaugural Brighter Futures fundraiser for the benefit of YWCA Toronto. The event exceeded its fundraising goal by $4,000, and our Women in Leadership Association ultimately raised over $14,000 for the YWCA Toronto in one evening! […]

18 Dec

New year – new career

Employment & Training by YWCA Toronto

This time of year, we tend to look at our lives and assess where we are in terms of our aspirations. For most people, that means their jobs and careers. The unemployed among us may be discouraged, but the coming of a new year brings new opportunities to start building a career with the right tools […]

01 Dec

Building a future with confidence

Employment & Training by YWCA Toronto

GTA resident Hodan Hussain is a 38-year-old single mother of four who has multiple talents and a long employment history. However, a recent, lengthy employment search left her without steady work, resulting in a major hit to her confidence and self esteem. Continued rejection can be one of the toughest things to deal with when […]

07 Sep

If I had a hammer …

Employment & Training by YWCA Toronto

Last week, I watched a group of diverse women raise brand new hammers in the air with pride and a whoop of joy. They’d just received the hammers together with a certificate that means they can now call themselves carpenters. We came together to celebrate their completion of the George Brown College, Level 1 – […]