Our vision is to see all women and children thriving.

“Even if everybody around you doubts your strength, you owe it to yourself to keep fighting. You deserve to live a happy life, free from abuse.”

“You are worthy of love and respect. You can become whole and strong, and the YWCA can help.”

I went to the START program and found the resources, the understanding and the help that I needed. You can too.”

“Leaving 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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Upcoming Events

Ladies Night at Chemong Home Hardware Building Centre, supporting YWCA

November 19, 2019

Starts: 6:30 PM Ends: 9:00 PM

Enjoy a fun-filled evening among friends at Chemong Home Hardware Building Centre, in support of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton. Local vendors, workshops, refreshments, door prizes and more! Tickets available in store and YWCA ($10 each, cash only).

Creative Kwe Invites You to Give the Gift of a Safe Night this November

November 30 - 30, 2019

In honour of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Ashley Lamothe of Creative Kwe has created beautiful Blue Glitter Ornaments, with all proceeds supporting YWCA Crossroads Shelter. Please consider a donation of 1 Safe Night – $64.65 or minimum donation of $10. Order yours today by commenting on Creative Kwe’s Facebook Event.  

Save The Date for YWCA Empty Bowls

February 28, 2020

Starts: 12:00 PM Ends: 1:30 PM

Complete event details coming soon! We’re thrilled to be partnering with local restaurants and members of the Kawartha Potters’ Guild, the Kawartha Woodturners Guild and Artisans Centre Peterborough again this year! All proceeds from YWCA Empty Bowls directly support YWCA JustFood and Nourish Project, food programs that look at the root causes of poverty, promote…read more

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Fall 2019 Newsletter

Our community’s collective compassion has led to brighter futures for single mothers, spaces where girls can confidently hone their leadership skills, opportunities for families and neighbours to connect over food, and safer transitions for women and children fleeing abuse. Our hearts are full, sharing the many ways YOU’VE helped make life better over the past…read more

2019 Impact Report

Download a copy of our 2019 Impact Report here:

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Peterborough’s Pure Country 105 connects with Lynn Zimmer

Executive Director of the YWCA, Lynn Zimmer, sits down with Mike and Miles to talk about her upcoming retirement, the start of the YWCA and where things are headed.

How do you change the world?

Lynn Zimmer did it with a note on message board, a lot of hard work, and a sense of hope in humans and their capabilities by Glen Herbert “I’m very practical,” says Lynn Zimmer. “I’d reached the point where I just felt very tired of having to be angry about everything all the time. I…read more

Parking with MF: Lynn Zimmer talks with Michelle Ferreri about how she became involved in helping women escape domestic violence and what lies ahead

Watch the video here: Thank you Michelle Ferreri and sponsor, JJ Stewart Motors Ltd, for helping to share these important stories.

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