About us

Our Mission

Providing leadership, advocacy, opportunities, and a voice.
Empowering women and their families, every day!

We Believe

A Women’s Perspective

Women must take leadership in shaping society’s direction in order to achieve equity and equality for all women.

Community Mindedness

Healthy communities, free from violence, racism, and other abuses of power, nurture the whole person. Individuals committed to equity advance the growth of such communities.

The Whole Person

Strength, wisdom, and character come from the balanced development of the whole person in body, mind, and spirit.

Global Interdependence

The world-wide struggle for equity and equality interconnects all women.

Difference and Diversity

In order to achieve social and other forms of justice, we must embrace difference and diversity among peoples.

Board of Directors 2020/2021

President: Carrie O’Brien

Past President: Erica Arnett

Vice President: Ashley Dunn

Secretary: Claire Hinatsu

Treasurer: Sherene Casey

Members:
Erin Woolley
Helen Button
Holly White
Linda Funk
Maria Fiallos
Pam Huber
Susan Boehm

Executive Director – Marla Champion

Annual Report Cover 2019-2020

Annual Report 2019/2020

Review the successes and challenges we have experienced during our previous fiscal year.

Recent News

A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for Canada

A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for Canada

Released July 28, 2020 - Toronto On every front, the COVID-19 pandemic has eroded hard-fought gains to gender equity. From massive layoffs to increased unpaid work to the rise of domestic violence, women have been disproportionately impacted by the health and economic...

Water Smart® Colouring Contest for Kids

Water Smart® Colouring Contest for Kids

Thank you to those that participated in our July colouring contest. Contest is now closed. Winners to be announced soon!Drowning is preventable! Join the Lifesaving Society Canada in promoting safety awareness in, on and around the water during National Drowning...

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

There Comes A Time When Silence is Betrayal. Martin Luther King Jr.   These are stressful and soul searching times as we think about how we can be part of the solution to ending systemic racism . We have watched the heart wrenching images and been witness to the...

Announcing our 2020/21 Board of Directors Nominees

Announcing our 2020/21 Board of Directors Nominees

May 22, 2020  YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin announces proposed slate for Board of Directors for 2020/21. Erica Arnett – Erica has a Health Sciences degree from UWO and has been working in Public Health for over 15 years.  Erica recently completed her MBA.  Erica was a member...

Local Love in a Global Crisis

Local Love in a Global Crisis

May 1, 2020   We are pleased to announce we were one of nineteen very grateful partners of United Way Elgin Middlesex to receive $20,000 in support during this uncertain time.  This contribution was made possible through funds raised by United Way's Local Love in...

#GivingTuesdayNow – May 5, 2020

#GivingTuesdayNow – May 5, 2020

#GivingTuesdayNow emphasizes opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection and kindness even while practicing physical distancing. Though our office may be closed our support of women, men and youth continues...

World YWCA Day – 2020

World YWCA Day – 2020

April 24, 2020 Members of our Youth Housing Department share a special message with our clients and community partners during World YWCA Day. 

Fun-tastic Ways to Learn from Home

Fun-tastic Ways to Learn from Home

10 ideas to help kids learn and have fun while at home! 1. Make Superhero Capes Before you make your capes, talk to your kids about their talents and how they can use them to be superheroes. Then, think of a superhero name and logo that has to do with their talents...

Cancellation Notices for Health & Wellness Programs

March 24, 2020 During the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic, health and wellness remains a priority for everyone.  Please be advised that the following programs are now cancelled effective immediately, including: Aqua Fitness Therapeutic Pilates Aquatic Programs Drop in...

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