“Seven years ago I started my new life as a single parent. The YWCA was a lifesaver for the ‘what do I do now?’ period, when I couldn’t even wrap my head around a new life.”

At the YWCA, I found the resources and the help that I needed to move forward with my life. You can too.”

“Change is so hard but you will create new strength for yourself that you didn’t even think was there. Taking back your life is worth it!”

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Violence against women has intensified during the pandemic

Since the lock-downs began, women in Peterborough and Haliburton County have reported abuse that is far more serious and complex. A national survey conducted by Ending Violence Association of Canada & London, Ontario-based Anova found that abusers’ tactics are becoming more violent & frequently deadly. *The following letter was written and shared by a woman…read more

A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for Canada: Making the economy work for everyone

The COVID-19 pandemic has eroded hard-fought gains to gender equity. From massive layoffs to increased unpaid work to the rise of domestic violence, women have been disproportionately impacted by the health and economic crisis of COVID-19. Watch the full discussion (44 minute video) with RBC’s Dawn Desjardin, YWCA Canada’s Anjum Sultana and YWCA Peterborough Haliburton’s…read more

Spring 2021 Newsletter

From inclusive violence prevention programs for youth, to online tools that are helping women stay connected in new ways, you’ll find it in our Spring Newsletter. View as pdf

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YWCA’s Virtual Challenge raises over $28,000 for shelter and support services for women experiencing gender-based violence

PTBOCANADA | The YWCA has raised $28,641 for their shelter and support services from their second annual Virtual Challenge that started from May 3 – 31 announced Thursday. The online fundraiser was an initiative in support of local YWCA resources for women experiencing gender-based violence. “The Virtual Challenge provides a unique opportunity to use whatever…read more

Need for services at local YWCA increases

Mike Baker, Minden Times | The YWCA Women’s Centre of Haliburton County has a rather unique goal – to put itself out of business.However, according to Darlene Smith-Harrison, transition support and women’s centre manager, the organization is further away from that objective than it has, perhaps, ever been. Since 1986, the YWCA has served as…read more

The REALTORSCare® Foundation and Peterborough and the Kawarthas Association of REALTORS® Have Teamed Up to Give Back to the Community

The REALTORSCare® Foundation has donated $4,715 in support of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton on behalf of Peterborough and the Kawartha Association of REALTORS®(PKAR). The REALTORSCare® Foundation directly benefits Canadian registered charities who address shelter-based needs in communities across Ontario. Each year PKAR works with the REALTORSCare® Foundation to assess and identify the need in our community….read more

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