Jessica Gares

Giving back to single moms

Before I was pregnant, I didn’t give too much thought to single moms but all of that changed when I gave birth to my son, Liam. He was born on April...

YWCA Week without Violence: 20 years of fighting violence against women

2016 marks the 20th anniversary of YWCA Week Without Violence in what has been a watershed year for the topic. The sexual assault cases of Jian...

Mentorship and financial literacy empower Crabtree Corner residents

The residents of YWCA Crabtree Corner Housing survive on incomes of $20,000 a year or less. Many of these women have experienced homelessness, but...

YWCA AGM: There’s no such thing as a ‘perfect victim’

This year, our Annual General Meeting ( AGM ) was billed as an event that would explore the fallout from Jian Ghomeshi’s sexual assault trial. The...

Creating a grassroots corporate women’s group… because it’s 2016

Jessica Gares is Senior Communications Officer at BCLC. In March, she co- founded a women’s group to support the development and promotion of women...

What can we do to bring an end to bullying?

A pink shirt is no longer just a pink shirt. In 2016, it’s a symbol for anti-bullying and it’s worn by hundreds of thousands of people across the...

Is pop culture changing rape culture?

Rape. Sexual Assault. Violence against women. A culture that once condoned it, excused it and covered it up is slowly changing. Many women who have...

Corporate teams face off to raise money for YWCA financial literacy program

Could you imagine surviving on an income of $20,000 a year in Vancouver? Would that be enough for you to raise your children, put healthy food on the...

Cyberviolence: When abuse continues online

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. I grew up reciting this nursery rhyme and believing its message, but now that I’m...

Engaged citizens and their halo effect on communities

What does it mean to be an engaged citizen? At its core, I believe it means making your community a better place by volunteering or raising money for...

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