CNOY 2021

CNOY goes virtual in 2021: Here why you should still participate

It’s cold out there, Niagara. And you know what that means! Coldest Night of the Year – West Niagara is back for another year. It has been a crazy and unpredictable year, but we are excited to introduce you to CNOY 2021 in a way you have never experienced before – virtually! We can’t walk … Continue reading CNOY goes virtual in 2021: Here why you should still participate

compassion fatigue

How to stay compassionate without compassion fatigue

If you turn on the news or scroll through your social media and instantly feel overwhelmed, you’re not alone.  Every day, it seems like there are new global issues that require your time, attention, and most importantly, your compassion. Over the past year, there hasn’t been a day that’s gone by without us hearing, speaking, … Continue reading How to stay compassionate without compassion fatigue

Things we learned in 2020

Things we learned in 2020… possibly the worst year ever

We’re nearing the end of the year, and just as many others do, we are reflecting back of the year to see how far we have come, what we have learned and how we have grown. This year… well, this reflection feels a little bit different. 2020 was filled with so much fear, uncertainty, and … Continue reading Things we learned in 2020… possibly the worst year ever

Women’s homelessness during the holidays in the midst of a global pandemic: Why you should care

Women’s homelessness, like everything else that has been impacted by COVID-19, is different this year. This year, homeless women’s realities have worsened.  Limited access to family The Niagara Region is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases in late December. As the region sits in the Red Zone, Niagara residents are advised to limit their indoor … Continue reading Women’s homelessness during the holidays in the midst of a global pandemic: Why you should care

9 Holidays Celebrated Throughout December and January

Canada is a country that is proud of and thrives on diversity. To celebrate and highlight this, we have put together a list of holidays that happen throughout December and the beginning of January. Saint Nicholas Day Date: December 6th “The legendary figure of St. Nicholas is derived from Nicholas of Myra who officiated as … Continue reading 9 Holidays Celebrated Throughout December and January

Linda’s Story: Helping women invest time in themselves

Linda came to the YWCA in October of 2018 with her two children. When she first arrived, she was struggling with depression. Her life was all out of sorts. After the tragic loss of her mother, depression started to settle in and affect her daily life activities. Linda stopped doing the things that brought her … Continue reading Linda’s Story: Helping women invest time in themselves

Supporting Niagara’s women in need virtually during a global pandemic

Organizations like the YW experience extensive barriers when trying to transition programs to accommodate the new virtual world we live in. From a lack of technology and gaps in training for the virtual landscape, it can feel impossible to support every woman, children and family that needs our support on the Niagara Region. However, we … Continue reading Supporting Niagara’s women in need virtually during a global pandemic

Hidden homelessness: We need to think about women and their families

The stereotypical image of a bundled women asleep on a sidewalk is what comes to mind for most Canadians, when homelessness is mentioned. However, that is not always the case, the reality is more varied and complex. With no roof over their heads and no door to lock safely behind them, women are at a … Continue reading Hidden homelessness: We need to think about women and their families

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Thriving Through COVID-19: Balancing COVID-19 and Working from Home

As more and more Canadians have been switching over to the WFH lifestyle, you might find it hard to switch from being in an office space to your own living space. You may experience a lot more distractions and things that prevent you from being productive in a work setting. Fortunately, there are some tips … Continue reading Thriving Through COVID-19: Balancing COVID-19 and Working from Home

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Thriving Through COVID-19: Parenting during a pandemic

During a global pandemic, even the most basic of routines completely changes – including how we cook at home. Cooking, at least for me, is therapeutic in uncertain times like these. It is up to us to keep ourselves and our children nourished and healthy during these times of uncertainty. Three Simple Recipes to Make … Continue reading Thriving Through COVID-19: Parenting during a pandemic