A new beginning for an historic social agency is about to take place in the Greater Saint John Area

TORONTO, Dec. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - With little notice, a new beginning for an historic social agency is about to take place in the Greater Saint John Area.

YWCA Canada expects the YM-YWCA of Greater Saint John to formalize its voluntary withdrawal from YWCA Canada on December 16th. As per bylaws, this will be the required 2nd meeting to withdraw from the Federation with the first meeting being held on December 2nd.

YWCA Canada has already started laying the groundwork to continue its mission and the legacy of Saint John's own Agnes Amelia Blizzard who organized the first YWCA in Canada in 1870 on Germain Street. "While the amalgamation is coming to an end, our work of  143 years in the community will continue," says Paulette Senior, CEO of YWCA Canada. "We are hearing from women, families, community leaders, and organizations of the strong need for YWCA programs and services."

A public meeting will be held early in the New Year to connect with community members and agencies on the gaps and needs in the area. "We sorely need a gender lens and stronger programs for women and girls in Saint John," says Randy Hatfield, Executive Director of the Saint John Human Development Council. "YWCA Moncton sets a worthy standard and I thank YWCA's continued interest in the wellbeing of women, girls and their families in Saint John."

"The YWCA is well known and respected for its multi service approach for women; they are able to offer services that are needed in Saint John and that will enhance and build upon the work we are currently doing," says Melanie Vautour, community member. "This is not only an exciting new chapter for the YWCA in Saint John, but one for women's services and supports here as well."

About YWCA Canada:

YWCA Canada is the country's oldest and largest women's multi-service organization. With Member Associations operating in more than 400 districts and communities across the country, our Turning Point Programs for Women™ - which address personal safety, economic security and well-being - reach out to 1 million women, girls and their families. YWCA is the largest national provider of shelter to women, serving 25,000 women, children and teen girls including 6,000 fleeing domestic violence each year. We are the largest provider of literacy, life skills, employment and counseling programs in the country, and the second largest provider of childcare services. YWCA Canada is a member association of the World YWCA which unites 25 million women and girls worldwide and spans 125 countries. For more information about YWCA Canada and our Member Associations, visit www.ywcacanada.ca or find us on Twitter @YWCA_Canada or Facebook at www.facebook.com/ywcacanada.

SOURCE YWCA Canada

For further information:

on YWCA Canada and its programs and services, or to set up an interview with Paulette Senior, CEO of YWCA Canada, please contact Laura Tilley, Manager of Communications at 416.962-8881 x 233.