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
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.