YWCA Lethbridge & District Accomplishments
Created the "Power of Being a Girl" Conference
- Formerly titled Young Girl/Savvy Woman, PBG was created by YWCA Lethbridge and District and received an award from YWCA Canada for Innovative Programming. Power of Being a Girl is now a national program through YWCAs across Canada. About 150 young women attend the conference annually.
- This program started (as Girls Club) with the support of the Foresters and City of Lethbridge FCSS. Once again, the program was recognized by YWCA Canada for its innovation. It is currently offered to Junior Girls (ages 8-12) and Senior Girls (ages 13-17) and throughout Canada at many other YWCAs.
Created The Chat Room
- Started with funding from Lethbridge Lifelong Learning Association, this program received our third national award for innovative programming from YWCA Canada.
Created Project Child Recovery
- Created with the Foresters, this program has been in operation for more than 25 years in Lethbridge. The Project Child Recovery Program is used at other shelters and agencies in Canada and the USA. This program is now funded through the RBC Foundation.
Started the first automatic reporting protocol
- This protocol is for women's shelters in their work with Children's Services and assisted in the development of the Alberta provincial protocol.
A founding member and active participant of the Domestic Violence Action Team (DVAT)
- This local Lethbridge team has developed protocols and the Domestic Violence Court.
A founding member and active participant with the Sexual Violence Action Committee (SVAC)
- This committee has created protocols and training programs for the first responders to sexual violence.
Founding member of the Elder Abuse Awareness Network
- Now called LEARN, this network was established along with the City of Lethbridge. Created a manual and training protocols for individuals who work with vulnerable populations in response to addressing violence in vulnerable populations, ie. the elderly and disabled.
Part of the Social Housing In Action (SHIA) group
- Working in conjunction with the City of Lethbridge and numerous other agencies. SHIA works from a 'housing first' philosophy to provide services and supports to end homelessness in our community.
Created, implemented and evaluated more than 200 life skills groups
- Was the inaugural recipient of the 2006 Better Business Bureau Ethics Award for Not For Profits. An honourable mention was received for the same award in 2009.
Recipient of the Social Housing In Action Award for Innovative Partnerships
- With Young Parkyn McNab (YPM) and Lethbridge Sunrise Rotary for the creation of a residence for youth at risk of homelessness.
Formed an active Young Women's Leadership Council
- These young women receive training in Board governance principles and help to direct the YWCA in the area of social action.
Hosted the Annual Membership Meeting for YWCA Canada in 2009
Received Imagine Canada Standards Accreditation in 2013
- First YWCA in Canada, first agency in Southern Alberta and as of October 2013, 1 of only 4 not for profits in Alberta to have achieved accreditation.