I've just returned from a week in Toronto where I met with YWCA colleagues from across the country. These meetings give us a chance to collectively discuss strategic plans for YWCA Canada and the World YWCA, national standards, what keeps us up at night (and I don’t mean night sweats!), as well as YWCA’s advocacy priorities and numerous program and operations issues and ideas.
I feel fortunate to be part of such an amazing group of women leaders who collectively support women, children and communities from coast to coast. The willingness to learn and share practices is unlike any professional relationship I’ve ever encountered.
The past two months have been action packed at the Y. On January 1, we welcomed three new members to our programming team – Larissa Dillabough, as an Anti-Violence Counsellor and Educator (ACE); and Reave McLeod, who is managing the Community Response Plan for Sexualized Assault project. We’ve also got a new furry, four-legged pup named Luna who, together with Larissa, provides pet therapy.