Honoured to be a Woman of Distinction

November 01, 2016 by YWCA Toronto

Ebonnie Rowe (fourth from the right) is the founder of PhemPhat Entertainment Group, a dynamic, all-female non-profit company that provides promotional and educational opportunities for up-and-coming female artists. She is founder and executive director of Honey Jam, an annual Toronto-based showcase of female music acts, which has been going strong for the last 20 years. She is […]

A Place To Call Home

October 24, 2016 by YWCA Toronto

We all need a place to call home. At the very least, we need a place to feel safe, rest and recharge, raise families, grow old.  What we may call home could be made of brick, stone, mud, cardboard, tinfoil or a windblown UN tent in a refugee journey somewhere.  Lives and experiences could not […]

From Homelessness to Affordable Housing Advocate

October 18, 2016 by YWCA Toronto

Elisheva Passarello is a social justice advocate, photographer, designer, and entrepreneur in Toronto, Ontario. On October 12, 2012, I was evicted from my apartment and for the very first time in my life I became homeless. That night, there were no beds available anywhere in Toronto so I was forced to sleep on the street. At five o’clock in the morning, I found a […]

Housing Plan Can Help End Hidden Crisis Of Women’s Homelessness

October 05, 2016 by YWCA Toronto

I have an unshakeable belief in the resiliency and strength of women. With twenty years under my belt working in the social services sector, this belief keeps me going. From Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to Toronto’s core – I have worked with women of all races, ages, identities and faiths. I have worked with women coping with […]

National affordable housing plan urgently needed

September 27, 2016 by YWCA Toronto

It keeps me up at night that many women live their entire lives without a home that is safe and secure.  I think of the women and children trapped in violent situations or turned away from emergency shelters because they are full. I think of the women forced to live in shelters for years at […]

Why I Run for YWCA Toronto

August 12, 2016 by YWCA Toronto

Carmela and her team, the Fast and Furious, were the top fundraisers in support of violence against women shelters at the 2015 B&O Yorkville Run. Sponsor one of our runners or sign up to run at the 2016 B&O Yorkville 5K Run happening September 11, 2016.  I first became involved with YWCA Toronto when a colleague […]

Girls Rule at Digital Literacy Camp

July 28, 2016 by YWCA Toronto

Joselyn is a recent high school graduate and volunteer at YWCA Toronto’s Girls’ Centre. Joselyn reflects on her experience as a mentor at the 2016 Digital Girls – Digital Literacy Camp. The Girls’ Centre is such an important part of my life.  When I am there, it feels like home.  I started as a participant […]

Why The Mandi Gray Sexual Assault Case Matters

July 25, 2016 by YWCA Toronto

I am thankful to Mandi Gray. It takes immense bravery to report sexual assault and endure an 18-month trial. Especially when confronting a system that regularly fails women. For this reason, I cheered inside when I saw the front page of a Toronto newspaper’s story about the verdict. It read: “It does not matter if […]

Canada Child Benefit A Game-Changer For Women And Children

July 04, 2016 by YWCA Toronto

Thousands of women and children in need will receive a financial boost via the new Canada Child Benefit program launching in July. It is historic – the benefit provides targeted support to low and moderate income families across Canada. According to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, it is projected to slash child […]

Building Strong Economic Futures

June 30, 2016 by YWCA Toronto

Cindy is a Employment Centre participant. Her story is featured in YWCA Toronto’s 2015 Annual Report.  Cindy left China in 2001, intent on creating a new life and secure a future for her family in Toronto. She felt lost at first. But she soon discovered YWCA Toronto. She enrolled in an employment training program and aced a work placement that led to […]