Tag: immigration

01 Oct

Bill C-585 Could Harm Some of Canada’s Most Vulnerable Families

Advocacy by YWCA Toronto

On September 22, 2014, YWCA Toronto CEO Heather McGregor sent the following letter to all MPs to express our concern about Bill C-585, which would limit refugee claimants’ access to social assistance. Dear Member of Parliament, I am writing on behalf of YWCA Toronto to express our grave concern about Bill C-585, introduced as a […]

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 […]

04 Jun

Open letter to the Right Honourable Stephen Harper

Last week, YWCA Toronto and other Canadian women’s organizations sent a letter urging our federal government to support efforts to bring home Nigeria’s kidnapped school girls, and to develop a national strategy to address rampant violence against women in Canada and around the world. Read the letter below. May 29, 2014 Right Honourable Stephen Harper […]

30 May

Creating change at the 2014 YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards

Last week, we hosted the 34th annual YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards (presented by Sun Life) to honour seven extraordinary women and raise essential funds for YWCA Toronto programs and services. In case you missed this remarkable event, check out our Storify recap of guests’ tweets and Instagrams throughout the evening. The ceremony was […]

30 Apr

Volunteer Spotlight: Maria Sherry Tan

Philanthropy by YWCA Toronto

Maria Sherry Tan is a mother of five and a Customer Support Representative with Scotiabank, one of YWCA Toronto’s annual donors. Maria has been an avid volunteer with YWCA Toronto for the past six years. We interviewed Maria about her experiences volunteering with YWCA Toronto. Learn more about volunteering with YWCA Toronto or organizing a […]

19 Mar

Announcing the 2014 YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction

Events, Women of Distinction by YWCA Toronto

On March 6th, in anticipation of International Women’s Day, YWCA Toronto announced the recipients of the 34th YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards at an alumnae reception hosted by TD Bank Group. The seven recipients are bold women whose vision and determination are significantly improving the lives of women and girls at home and abroad. […]

22 Nov

Shoes tell a story

Events by YWCA Toronto

By Lise Schofield, YWCA Toronto Manager of Marketing and Communications YWCA Toronto’s recent Celebration of Philanthropy featured award-winning novelist Katherine Govier’s The Shoe Project, in which moving and humorous spoken stories about shoes were presented to a captivated audience. The Shoe Project, (supported by the Bata Shoe Museum and The Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation), […]