YW is proud to have strong levels of governance guiding the organization forward. Our committees ensure YW remains an efficient and effective organization leading the way in non-profit management.
Our Board of Directors is responsible for guiding YW as we fulfill our mission to intervene, empower and lead when and where women need us most.
Thank you to this exceptional group of women who volunteer their time, talent and expertise to ensure a well-governed and well-led organization.
Rebecca Morley -Chair
Kate Thompson -Vice-chair
Kate Fischer -Secretary
Elaine Wong -Treasurer
Amie Blanchette -Board Member
Jasdeep Dhaliwal -Board Member
Penny Favel -Board Member
Nancy Foster -Board Member
Jacqui McGillivray -Board Member
Lara Murphy -Board Member
Georgine Ulmer -Board Member
Shannon Young -Board Member
Letter from the Board Chair
The 2017-18 year was my last as YW Board Chair, after previously serving four years as a YW board member. It is with great pride and a bit of sadness as my tenure comes to a close that I reflect on the last six years of change and success for our board, leadership and team members.
YW’s Hub facility project in Inglewood has continued to move forward with great energy and became a visible reality in the fall of 2017 as construction began. I was thrilled to share the podium with Government of Alberta and City of Calgary representatives in March to announce significant funds received for this project that will soon house 100 women along with a continuum of programs and services. This funding is vital to our success and underscores how important strong partnerships are to our efforts. The building, as one of my colleagues on the board often says, “only keeps the rain off the work we do with women.”
The new facility has been a project close to my heart, as I’ve been involved from the beginning with the YW Transformation Plan when considerations were just beginning regarding the sale of YW’s downtown site. Seeing our dreams become plans, and our plans become reality, has been truly fulfilling. As I exit my role as board chair, I’m excited to watch from my seat as a community member when the new YW Hub facility opens its doors in 2019 to provide spaces that empower women through safe, transitional housing options; employment and language resources; support for newcomers to Canada; childcare, child-minding, parenting and counselling programs.
During my time on the YW board, I’ve worked with colleagues I deeply admire. They’ve done great work strengthening the governance of this organization and continuing the legacy of a century-old organization that is expertly led and operated by women. We can count among our proudest achievements the construction of a thoughtfully built facility designed by architects who are women with an eye to the needs of vulnerable women we have yet to meet.
I am honoured to celebrate three long standing YW board members. The legacies of Kate Fischer (2012 to 2018), Nancy Foster (2012 to 2018), and Georgine Ulmer (2011 to 2018), will support YW well into the organization’s future. Thank you to all my board colleagues for your dedication, your passion and your commitment to vulnerable women and their families in our community.
As I pass the baton to the incoming Board Chair, I know the YW will continue to act as a beacon and champion for the women in our community. I’m looking forward to seeing what the next century of advocacy — women leading and supporting other women — can achieve.
Rebecca Morley, YW Board Chair