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Ontario Budget 2023: YWCA Ontario Pre-Budget Submission

What we are seeing on the frontlines is that poverty, gender-based violence, mental health crises and general hardship continue to deepen. There are not enough Violence Against Women (VAW) and homeless shelter beds to meet demand, nor is there an adequate supply of affordable, supportive housing. The pandemic and rising

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Bringing STEM to Girls and Gender-Diverse Youth in Waterloo Region

From 2013-2020, YWCA Cambridge was home to two incredible STEM-based programs: STEM Mentoring and TechGyrls. As part of these YWCA Cambridge-made programs, staff would often invite guests from the local science, tech, engineering and math communities to come speak to youth participants, sometimes leading activities to give participants hands-on experiences. 

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Nominations Now Open! 2023 YWCA Cambridge Women of Distinction Awards

This year marks an exciting departure from the traditional Women of Distinction Awards. The 2023 awards are taking a more holistic and inclusive approach that will ensure nominees are recognized for their own unique strengths, achievements and contributions while centering YWCA Cambridge’s core values of equity, self-determination, inclusion, community and

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The Kids Are Not OK – But You Can Help

“It’s a hard sell, getting folks to invest in prevention work because the outcomes aren’t always immediately obvious or quantifiable,” said YWCA Cambridge CEO, Kim Decker.

“But we have the data from our 11 years of providing violence-prevention programming. We’ve seen dramatic increases in feelings of connectedness, of wellbeing, confidence

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YWCA Ontario Supports Education Workers: Statement

This week, the Ontario government passed legislation invoking the Notwithstanding Clause. This decision not only overrides rights laid out in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but threatens to fine individuals and unions who choose to strike while forcibly imposing a four-year contract. YWCA Ontario supports the 55,000 education workers

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Festive Futures Returns to Cambridge

Adults are often left out of annual giving programs which tend to prioritize ensuring children are able to participate in the joy of unwrapping gifts around the holidays. For us, though, we’ve watched the women and gender diverse individuals who have gone through Small Steps work incredibly hard to overcome

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It’s Time for High Tea and High Fashion With Lynn Spence!

Tickets are $65, $30 of which is eligible for a charitable donation receipt, and must be purchased in advance of the event. The afternoon, running from 1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. will feature an elevated high tea experience followed by an interactive fashion presentation by Lynn Spence who will showcase some of

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YWCA Takes Fight to End Homelessness to Ottawa

YWCA Cambridge joined YWCAs from across Canada for YWCA Canada’s annual YWCA Day On The Hill, an opportunity for YWCA member associations to gather in Ottawa to meet with Members of Parliament and Senators. Throughout our Day on the Hill, over 60 YWCA representatives made a coordinated, targeted request for

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What We Know About the Ontario Child Care Plan

The deadline for child care operators to opt into the plan and to complete the application package is September 1, 2022.  It was our intention to submit our application by that date; however there have been some changes that we were notified of on August 17, 2022 by the Ministry

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