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YWCA Cambridge Names Six Recipients of the 2024 Women of Distinction Awards

Six recipients will be honoured at the 30th annual YWCA Cambridge Women of Distinction awards this year: Ruth Cameron Ruth Cameron is the Executive Director of the Aids Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area, she is a trailblazer, and a community champion and leads through a commitment to justice, anti-oppressive practices, and the importance […]

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Celebrating Tenacity & Grit: Key Takeaways from YWCA Cambridge’s She Talks Event!

On May 14th, The Underwing opened its doors for YWCA Cambridge to bring the return of its signature speaker event,  She Talks: Stories of Tenacity and Grit. Headlined by three trailblazing women who have forged their paths in their own respective industries, the event delved into the essence of building businesses, finding and building communities,

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“Our youth are the torchbearers of change, and investing in their education and well-being is investing in a brighter tomorrow for everyone”: a conversation with new YWCA staffer, Alana Decker

Alana Decker is no stranger to YWCA Cambridge. Now one of YWCA’s newest programming staff members at our community programming space, The W, Alana first engaged with us when The W hosted an event during this year’s Black History Month put on by Alana, Rythym and Blues, and Nicole Brown-Faulkner of Trauma and Embodiment Association

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Connecting Local Work to Global Networks: A Week at the 68th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Last month, YWCA Cambridge Director of Communications and Advocacy, Roz Gunn, was among the YWCA Canada delegation to the 68th Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW 68) at the United Nations in New York City. The priority theme around which the Commission as well as side and parallel events centred this year was “accelerating

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30 Years of Women of Distinction Awards: Helen Turner-Fischer, 2005

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the YWCA Cambridge Women of Distinction awards, we’re highlighting recipients from over three decades of celebrating ordinary women doing extraordinary things. Helen Turner-Fisher Woman of Distinction award recipient in the category of Education, 2005. Helen Turner-Fisher received a Woman of Distinction award in 2005 in the field of

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Bill 173: Intimate Partner Violence Epidemic Act passes second reading!

What happened? On April 10, the Government of Ontario carried Bill 173: Intimate Partner Violence Epidemic Act through a second reading, bringing us one critical step closer to having the province recognize that IPV is what advocates have long said and nearly 100 municipalities have affirmed with their own declarations: an epidemic. Why now? Declaring

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YWCA’s Jen Gordon represents co-creators during important council decision to move forward with the Plan to End Chronic Homelessness

On April 9, Regional Council endorsed the Plan to End Chronic Homelessness, a co-created plan for transformative systems change in the Region’s homelessness and housing system. The nearly 90-page report includes 31 specific recommendations to bring about change, one of which looks to analyze the current system through a gender equity lens. Working with our regional government, over 40 organizations

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30 Years of Women of Distinction Awards: Colleen Smith, 2000

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the YWCA Cambridge Women of Distinction awards, we’re highlighting recipients from over three decades of celebrating ordinary women doing extraordinary things. Colleen Smith (left), Woman of Distinction recipient in 2000, smiles with her daughter, Samantha. Colleen Smith Woman of Distinction award recipient in the category of women helping

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30 Years of Women of Distinction Awards: Jill Summerhayes (1994)

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the YWCA Cambridge Women of Distinction awards, we’re highlighting recipients from over three decades of celebrating ordinary women doing extraordinary things. Jill Summerhayes Woman of Distinction award recipient in the category of women in business, 1994. In the face of adversity, some individuals shine brighter than ever, their

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