I didn’t want to spend another Christmas drugged with some stranger choosing what happened to me. I couldn’t do it again. Not knowing Niagara well, I was lucky one of the girls had slipped me a YW card. “If you can make it, they can help you.” It was December 3rd. That’s the day I … Continue reading Paige’s Journey
Over the course of our 90 years in Niagara, it has always been at the heart of our work to stay close to the needs of the community. They have changed over the decades from the need for recreational opportunities for women to supporting Canada’s efforts during World War II to helping women find employment. … Continue reading Supporting Human Trafficking Victims
As I was sitting next to my toddler’s bed the other night, waiting for her to decide that she is done playing with my hair and ready to go to sleep, I realized that for someone who is not even two yet, there are a lot of things she has to teach. I am not … Continue reading Lessons I Learned From My Toddler
Recently, a good friend told me of a mentoring experience her daughter had at work. She’s a young lawyer in her first year at a big-city firm. When she returned from her post-articling break, she and some female colleagues were sat down for an informal meeting with some senior female lawyers. The first item on … Continue reading Who Gets Mentored?
When I was forced to think of words that describe my “work” self, I often got stuck on things like amenable, adaptable and accommodating. Those words, in my opinion, can make one feel as if they are thought of as weak, malleable, controllable. When I first started my volunteer front desk position at the YW … Continue reading Finding Your Place
Daisy’s journey began when she entered the Court Street Transitional Housing Program, after what she describes as a long walk of feeling alone and faced with many hardships.
Today, we are sharing a post with you that was written by an incredible woman and YW supporter who would rather not share her name. It’s a post about being a woman, it’s about growing, it’s about believing that you can. Sometimes women’s greatest strengths are also their greatest weaknesses. My story is personal; my … Continue reading My Experience as a Woman
An exciting new partnership initiative has taken place between Rodman Hall Art Centre and YWCA Niagara Region. Guests of the YWCA Niagara Region were invited to work with artist Leona Skye to create a piece of art that represents their individual journeys. A celebration of the final product took place July 25th, 2018, at the … Continue reading Surviving the Storm: Representing the Journey
The discomfort hit almost as soon as I lay my head down on my fluffy pillow. In a tent, with a small yoga type mattress, I could still feel every single bump in the ground. The roots digging into my bones made me continually adjust myself into a position that seemed tolerable. Tossing and turning … Continue reading Experiencing Discomfort: No Fixed Address 2018
In 2016, YW Staff Franziska shared her experience at No Fixed Address with us. Our signature fundraiser is coming up again on June 8/9 at General Motors. Please consider participating. Please consider donating. More than 700 women stayed in our shelters last year, and almost 200 children. Help today! I can feel raindrops on my … Continue reading When Reality Hits – No Fixed Address