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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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

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Women’s Business Network of Peterborough raises $10,380 for YWCA’s Crossroads Shelter

KawarthaNow | Proceeds from annual fundraising gala will support local women and children fleeing violence. The Women’s Business Network of Peterborough (WBN) has donated $10,380 to YWCA Peterborough Haliburton. The funds were raised through the networking organization’s annual holiday gala held in December at The Mount Community Centre. (Read more…)

Peterborough women’s rights advocate Lynn Zimmer appointed to Order of Canada

KawarthaNow | Former executive director of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton was a founder of the first women’s shelter in Canada in 1973. Lynn Zimmer, a founder of Canada’s first crisis shelter for women fleeing domestic violence and the former long-time executive director of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton, has been appointed to the Order of Canada. She was…read more

Kim Dolan named new Executive Director of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton

Global News | Kim Dolan, a longtime social advocate in Peterborough, Ont., is changing roles and returning to her roots as the new executive director of the YWCA Peterborough Haliburton. Dolan spent the past 13 years as executive director of PARN (Peterborough AIDS Resource Network), advocating for local responses to HIV and hepatitis C including…read more

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