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Alison, a member of the Board of Directors, finds the meetings far from boring!

 

“I feel really excited when I`m at board meetings, when I hear of initiatives that the YWCA does. I feel, this is meaningful—it creates change, and it’s going to have an impact on so many people. That’s what makes me want to be involved—knowing that these initiatives have the power to change lives.”

Receiving a Women of Distinction Award was a life-changing event for Bevann.

 

“I received the Women of Distinction Cultural Heritage award from the YWCA. Receiving the award for me was like a beginning. Being a First Nations woman, and knowing the history of residential schools, it was almost like a movement for me. It was profound—I was in awe.”

 

Emmaline knows what good child care means for her two children, her career—and the community. 

 

“There aren’t nearly enough good quality, professional child care centres, and we really need more like the YWCA. I certainly don’t think we can get stronger as a community without more of what you provide here.”

 

For Hasan, an Advocacy Committee volunteer, women’s issues are everyone’s issues.

 

“There are a number of men on the advocacy committee—which breaks the stereotypes about the YWCA being only women. There are many men here working on women’s issues, family issues, children’s issues. It’s so inclusive.”

Angela coaches with B-Squad Fitness, a partner organization with YWCA’s health and wellness centre.

 

“Working with people from YWCA in B-Squad fitness classes, one of the things that sticks with me the most is watching people learn movements that they never thought they were capable of. It’s very exciting to see—you can see their eyes light up when that happens!”

For Charmaine, making even a small difference is more than enough motivation to go to work every day at Isabel Johnson Shelter.

 

“It’s never about me. I’m there to help the women—it’s about their lives, and their hopes for the future. They want safety, they want hope, and above all they want happiness. Knowing that you can in some small way contribute to that is what keeps me going back.”

As a facilitator with the Children Exposed to Violence program, Jason hopes for multi-generational results.

 

 

“If you can have an impact on somebody’s life, even a small impact, and they can transmit that to the next generation—really, there’s no better gift to instill. Those are the things I hold on to.”

It’s the people of YWCA who make it easy for Leah to wholeheartedly contribute her time and skills to the Fund Development Committee.  

 

“The most meaningful part of volunteering for me is meeting more great women in our community, women who really care about making a difference. As I learn more about the YWCA, I’m inspired and impressed by the depth of their work, and how they’re making a difference in Regina.”

As a volunteer Big Sister, Krista is a tutor, mentor and friend to an 8-year-old “Little”.

 

 

“I’m really proud of the fact that I’ve been able to be a positive figure in this little girl’s life. I started volunteering with Big Boost, helping tutor her since the age of five. It’s really neat to see how far she’s come and watch her develop as a student and as a person too.”

 

In her role at My Aunt’s Place and Kikinaw Residence, Lynn shares in both sorrow and celebration.

 

“Women come to the YWCA scared and alone and overwhelmed by the experience of being homeless. When they come to us, they are so fragile. Then as time goes by, they become strong, and they start to use their voice, and they start to fight for the things that they want.”

 

Creating a safe, caring environment at Kids in Transition Shelter is a role that Roberto finds deeply fulfilling.

 

“I feel like I’m one of the parents of the house—there are usually four of us, with ten kids in the house. We all come together and we create this really amazing family that is there to provide some warmth and love to kids who really deserve it in a situation that they don’t have control of.”

For Randi, relationships among the women and the staff at Kikinaw Residence make it more than a workplace.

 

“It’s really beautiful to see the community Kikinaw residents build in the YWCA—moments that they come together, like at Christmastime and Thanksgiving. That’s really nice to see—that they create their own family when they’re here.”