Welcome to our new e-newsletter!
When people think of the Yellowknife YWCA the first thing that comes to mind may be our family violence shelters. Although that is an important and essential part of our mandate, the YWCA is so much more. It is a source for transitional housing for families at risk of homelessness, a provider of affordable after-school care, operator of youth empowerment programs such as GirlSpace and the new Dudes Club, and we also participate in crucial research to work towards reducing and eliminating family violence in the North. As we move into 2016, we are excited about activities and events happening at the YWCA. Dudes Club launched this past September and is now expanding to reach even more boys, Roberta Jamieson will be the keynote speaker at our first annual Inspire Luncheon in April, and our 50th anniversary is coming up this summer. We look forward to sharing details of that event in the coming months.

I want to sincerely thank you for your interest and support of YWCA Yellowknife. Your support is an important and significant investment in northern women and their families. 

 
 


Lyda Fuller

Executive Director, YWCA of Yellowknife 

Roberta Jamieson will speak with attendees at a special luncheon on April 8. Don't miss it!
1st Annual YWCA Inspire Luncheon
Join us on April 8 for our Inspire Luncheon, an afternoon of hope, passion and inspiration with special guest speaker Roberta Jamieson,  President & CEO of Indspire and Member of the Order of Canada. Presented in partnership with the Status of Women Council NWT.
Location, Date and Time:  Explorer Hotel, April 8, 11:45am-1:30p.m. $40/ticket.
*Tickets currently available online, in-town location will be available soon!
Interested in sponsoring this great event? Contact us at giving@ywcanwt.ca


Dudes Club gift wrapping at YK centre mall to raise funds for SPCA, a place they volunteer.
PROGRAM NOTES
Dudes Club is expanding! There will now be one group for 9-10 year olds and another for 11-12 year olds in the after school program. Dudes Club is a FREE program by the YWCA Yellowknife. This program focuses on creating strong and resilient young leaders by creating a safe place for boys to explore their passions and gifts. Contact Amanda for more info.

Kids enjoying activities at the
Literacy Program launch
Lynn's Place: New Literacy Program - sponsored by NWT Literacy, this program just launched in January and focuses on moms and kids getting creative with literacy. Weekly sessions focus on reading, rhyming and telling stories and is adaptable for all ages. Sessions incorporate different kinds of literacy and touches on all the senses to keep it fun and fresh for young ones, and includes take-home activities for moms to do with kids at home. 

Rockhill Transitional Housing Introductory computer classes taught at Rockhill in partnership with Aurora College and Computers for Schools are proving popular. Attendees have learned the basics of computers and are moving on to PowerPoint and Excel to strengthen their computer knowledge.

GirlSpace Bottle Drive
Girlspace is doing a bottle drive for their continued sponsorship of a young girl living in Mozambique. Until February 1, donate your bottles by dropping them off at our Rockhill office location at 4904-54 Ave and ask for Matt or Ashley.
DONOR SPOTLIGHT
Katie Parker
For the past 2 years, Katie has organized the 'Angel Tree Project', providing gifts, stockings and necessities for children and mothers at Lynn's Place. 'Two years ago we moved to Yellowknife and with one call to the YWCA I learned about Lynn's Place and the work they do there to empower women and their families to find safety, balance and stability. At a different time in my life, I was in need of those very things myself, and this is where the Angel Tree Project was born.' In 2014, Katie's efforts saw all the families at Lynn's Place supplied with gifts, and 2015 was no exception - her friends and family came together and donated stacks of goodies and essentials for kids and moms. Katie also gathered donations to furnish a brand new playroom/literacy room to give the littlest residents a place to engage and learn. 'My hope is that my children can see how one person can do a lot of big things,' said Katie. Thank you so much Katie, from everyone at the YWCA!
Katie and her family 
Outcrop Communications
Outcrop Communications has been a strong supporter of YWCA Yellowknife for five+ years.
Support has included: in-kind strategic communications counsel, design, digital development and product as well as cash donations.

Why Outcrop Communications supports YWCA YK:

'As an NWT-owned company, Outcrop Communications knows that in many communities there is a need for family related services. We recognize the YWCA's dedication in delivering services and programs and look forward to continuing our support of the dedicated individuals who make a positive difference in our community. The YWCA is dedicated to programs and services that encourage a positive and healthy environment for families and individuals, and we support their efforts.' 

We want to thank Outcrop Communications for partnering with us once again this coming year! Thank you for your amazing work and support.

Outcrop Communications

CBA Young Lawyers supplied kids with presents and parents with grocery cards
    
Westjet donated turkey and trimmings for 33 families
      
Donations of gifts and goodies to Alison McAteer House from Inkit


A SPECIAL THANK YOU!
Thank you for the Christmas donations to transitional housing, Turn up the Heat on Homelessness, Sutherland House and Alison McAteer House. People and organizations came together and donated food, gifts and money to make Christmas extra special for our families. 
 
 
TURN UP THE HEAT ON HOMELESSNESS
Donate now to our Annual Turn up the Heat on Homelessness campaign and be a part of our client's success by helping northern families at risk of homelessness make a fresh start.

 
Stats Can Report:  Territories have highest rate of domestic violence in Canada
Although the levels of police-reported violence appear to be decreasing in the NWT (by 6%) domestic violence is still vastly higher than the rest of Canada. Read the report here:
 
It's Tax Season!
If you donated to the YWCA this previous year, keep an eye out for paper receipts in the mail. If you haven't received your receipt by mid-February, please contact us at giving@ywcanwt.ca.