About us

Our Mission

Providing leadership, advocacy, opportunities, and a voice.
Empowering women and their families, every day!

We Believe

A Women’s Perspective

Women must take leadership in shaping society’s direction in order to achieve equity and equality for all women.

Community Mindedness

Healthy communities, free from violence, racism, and other abuses of power, nurture the whole person. Individuals committed to equity advance the growth of such communities.

The Whole Person

Strength, wisdom, and character come from the balanced development of the whole person in body, mind, and spirit.

Global Interdependence

The world-wide struggle for equity and equality interconnects all women.

Difference and Diversity

In order to achieve social and other forms of justice, we must embrace difference and diversity among peoples.

Board of Directors 2022/2023

President: Ashley Dunn

Past President: Carrie O’Brien

Vice President: Helen Button

Secretary: Kaitlyn Jacobs

Treasurer: Sherene Casey

Alicia Connolly
Erin Woolley
Heather Stillitano
Kara Lynds
Maria Fiallos
Natalie Huston

Executive Director – Lindsay Rice

YWCA StThomas Elgin_2021-22 Annual Report

Annual Report 2021/2022

Review the successes and challenges we have experienced during our previous fiscal year.

Recent News

Site Supervisor: School Age Childcare Educator

Site Supervisor: School Age Childcare Educator

The YWCA St.Thomas-Elgin provides quality childcare programs across Elgin County through Before and After School Programs, as well as Summer Camps. We are proud of hiring qualified childcare staff including RECEs, CYCs, DSWs, PSWs, and other Caring Adults with...

Preventing A Lockdown Generation – YWCA Canada Report 2021

Preventing A Lockdown Generation – YWCA Canada Report 2021

The last year and a half has challenged us all, especially young people. From frustrating school disruptions to heartbreaking job layoffs to the concerning mental health crisis, this is not how young people envisioned starting out their adult lives. If we don’t do...

New Executive Director Announced

New Executive Director Announced

June 23, 2021 A Message from our President   It is with great pleasure that I announce the new Executive Director for the YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin, Lindsay Rice. Lindsay will be starting officially in this role as of July 5th. The Board of Directors is both saddened...

Support in Bloom Spring Raffle Winners

New beginnings blossom here! This Spring we are proud to announce we will be hosting our first ever online raffle, Support In Bloom! All proceeds will support the variety of programs and services we offer. Whether it be extended learning through our Skills Training...

Announcing our 2021/22 Board of Directors Nominees

Announcing our 2021/22 Board of Directors Nominees

May 20, 2021 YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin announces proposed slate for Board of Directors for 2021/22. Erica Arnett – Erica has a Health Sciences degree from UWO and has been working in Public Health for over 15 years.  Erica recently completed her MBA.  Erica was a member...

Call to action for youth facing barriers

Call to action for youth facing barriers

LETTER TO MAYOR PRESTON, MP VECCHIO & MPP YUREK  May 2021 Dear Community Partners, Whether we’re adults, seniors, youth, or children, we know that we’re all struggling with the effects of COVID 19.  But did you know that the instances of youth suicide - both local...

Announcing our 2021/22 Board of Directors Nominees

Executive Director Announces Retirement

May 11, 2021 With mixed feelings, I announce that our Executive Director, Marla Champion, has informed the Board of Directors of her plans to retire. Marla joined the YWCA St Thomas Elgin as the Executive Director in 1993. Over the last 25 years, under her leadership,...

The Doug Tarry Challenge

The Doug Tarry Challenge

Time to Build! May 5, 2021 - Project Tiny Hope is a partnership effort between Doug Tarry Homes, the YWCA and Sanctuary Homes. We have a shared vision to bring quality, energy efficient, well maintained and supportive affordable housing to the community of St. Thomas....

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