Media Advisory - YWCA Elm Centre: Celebrating Construction, Cementing

TORONTO, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - On Tuesday September 22, YWCA Toronto will host a celebration to mark the beginning of construction of the YWCA Elm Centre, an $80 million complex in the heart of the city, and to launch their No Place Like Elm fundraising campaign. Three hundred women and their families will have permanent, affordable and supportive apartments when the project is complete.

As the cold weather approaches, YWCA Toronto will also draw the city's attention to the thousands of women and their families who are struggling to pay the rent, women who are living on or close to the street, and women who rely on others for a place to sleep. Through four sidewalk installations at the corners of Elm and Elizabeth Streets the YWCA will offer a snapshot of where three women might sleep at night.

    Date:        Tuesday, September 22, 2009

    Time:        9:30 am to 11 am

    Place:       The Greenery - 170 Elizabeth Street (Hospital for Sick

    Who:         His Worship Mayor David Miller

                 MP Olivia Chow, (Trinity-Spadina)

                 David Livingston, Infrastructure Ontario, President & Chief
                 Executive Officer

                 Barbara Hall, Ontario Human Rights Commission Chief

                 Dr. Robert Howard, St. Michael's Hospital President & Chief
                 Executive Officer

                 Arlene Perly Rae and Diane Walker, YWCA Elm Centre Campaign

                 Dr. Kristin Blakely-Kozman, YWCA Toronto President

                 Heather McGregor, YWCA Toronto Chief Executive Officer

                 Iman, a YWCA resident

    Photo Opp:   1. Mayor David Miller and YWCA Elm Centre donors will add a
                    splash of colour to the cement for the foundation.

                 2. Sidewalk installations of what homelessness looks like
                    for some women.


For further information: For further information: To arrange an interview or photo please contact Raine Liliefeldt, Communications Manager, (416) 961-8101 ext.326; For more information about YWCA Elm Centre contact Christine Thompson, Special Giving Manager, (416) 961-8101 ext. 361

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