Category: Uncategorized

30 Oct

Celebrating Women of Distinction Alumna: Debbie Douglas

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, […]

19 Apr

Making Space at the Table

Uncategorized by YWCA Toronto

On a bright winter day last month, my husband and I joined YWCA Toronto and thousands of people marching in Toronto and around the world to support International Women’s Day 2018: #PressforProgress. Buoyed by the growing impact of movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp, we all saw that the time is ripe to get more women […]

16 Feb

Why I March

Advocacy, Uncategorized 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 […]

07 Feb

Celebrating Black Women of Distinction

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 […]

31 Jan

Stronger Together: Ten Ways To Make Your Voice Heard

Advocacy, Uncategorized 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 […]

06 Apr

Justice for Sexual Assault Survivors

Most women remain silent. For every 1,000 sexual assaults, only 33 are reported, 12 result in charges, only 6 are prosecuted and only 3 lead to a conviction. In other words, there are largely no consequences for the men who continue to sexually assault women. Many have fought to change this terrifying reality. One of […]

04 Jun

Sexual Violence – Why Women Need Lawyers Too

Uncategorized by YWCA Toronto

As we all know, sexual violence is one of the most under-reported of all violent crimes.  For every 1,000 sexual assaults, only 33 are reported, 12 result in charges,  only 6 are prosecuted and only 3 lead to a conviction. Clearly the system is broken and failing women who represent well over 90% of those […]

19 May

Young YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction: Where are they now?

When you come to the 35th  YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards on Thursday, you are going to meet some of the top feminist leaders of today. But even more exciting than that is the chance to meet the top feminist leaders of tomorrow.  On Thursday, May 21st, at the Carlu, YWCA Toronto and 1,700 guests will […]

06 May

YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards … Like a Candy Grab Bag?

By Cara McCutcheon, Communications Consultant I was in a variety store recently and saw one of those mystery candy grab bags and a flush of childhood memories, wonderful memories, came to mind. I remembered riding my bike to the local “corner store” with some change in my pocket for penny candies and while I had […]

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 […]