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The Lasting Impact of the YWCA Services

By Haley Ramphal, Employment & Learning Centre. Last month, we celebrated International Women’s Day and the YWCA received an incredibly generous donation from Bonnie Gitzel and her family. Upon reading Bonnie’s story, it was clear just how much of an impact the programs and services offered here at the YWCA Saskatoon leave on those who […]

The Homelessness Crisis: Access to Shelters Amid a Pandemic  

By Haley Ramphal    Homelessness targets the most vulnerable individuals within society and exposes them to its unforgiving conditions. In recent months, with the Covid-19 pandemic and capacity restrictions, shelters are filling up fast, leaving many uncertain of where to go when places are full.  Although homelessness affects both men and women, research explains that Saskatchewan is an outlier amongst provinces in that it has the highest rates of gender-based violence, therefore negatively […]

#Gratitude Tuesday Donor Stories – Lifting other women up

My name is Donna Bailey. I have a lifelong connection to the YWCA. My earliest memory of the Y is when I was about five years old, when my mother brought my sister and me to learn to swim. I was always involved in the exercise programs. When I had children, I used to put my children […]

Canadian Western Bank Partners with YWCAs Across Canada to Empower Girls

Canadian Western Bank gifts designated for girls’ empowerment in Saskatoon and across Canada SASKATOON, November 20, 2018 – More girls across Canada can access critical programs, thanks to a generous gift from Canadian Western Bank. Nine YWCAs across the country will share a gift of $100,000 to support girl empowerment programs. For decades, YWCAs across Canada […]

YWCA Community Talk: Sexualized Violence + Consent

On Tuesday, October 23, YWCA Saskatoon presents a free community talk with special guest Leah Parsons. Join us for an important conversation and Leah’s powerful message about sexualized violence, consent, and her own healing journey as she remembers her daughter, Rehtaeh. Sexualized Violence and Consent: A community talk featuring guest speaker Leah Parsons Presented by […]

Our Space Cancallation

Our Space will be cancelled for the rest of this week and also next week. We will announce the future camps.  

Local Shoppers Drug Mart Teams Support Women’s Mental Health

Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Gala funds YWCA Saskatoon mental health programming SASKATOON – YWCA Saskatoon services and programs for women’s mental health have received a boost from a generous funder, Shoppers Drug Mart. The combined fundraising efforts of 13 local Saskatoon store teams and their customers have focused on women’s mental health initiatives through the Spring […]

A Hidden Gem: the YWCA Opportunity Shop

On May of 1957, three Saskatoon women established the Opportunity Shop–a thrift store that aimed to provide accessible and inexpensive secondhand clothing and household items to families in need. At first, the Opportunity Shop began as a temporary solution in order to help raise funds to extend the YWCA Saskatoon building. Now, over 60 years […]

YWCA Training Prevents Re-traumatizing Clients

On March 22nd and 23rd, the YWCA hosted a two-day training session designed for community members and agencies who provide support for traumatized clients, which focused on trauma, inter-generational trauma, self-care, and resiliency. Susan Saville, the Director of Residential Programs at the YWCA Saskatoon, attended the workshop and describes what was learned throughout the two-day […]

YWCA to Offer Trauma Informed Training

YWCA Saskatoon presents Trauma Informed Training with Duane T. Bowers, LPC. This two-day session will focus on trauma, inter-generational trauma, self-care and resiliency, under the umbrella of Trauma Informed Care. Designed for individuals and agencies working in human services who provide care for traumatized clients, the training session is being provided for YWCA staff, and is […]