We are regularly consulted by media on issues relating to women and girls, single mothers, violence against women, housing, employment, gender equality and more.
Our communications department and subject-matter experts welcome requests. To reach a YWCA staff member for comment, please contact our public relations department.
Chantelle Krish, Manager of Advocacy and Public Relations
tel 604 895 5767
Key facts about the YWCA
Changing lives since 1897
YWCA Metro Vancouver is a registered charity providing a range of integrated services for women and their families and those seeking to improve the quality of their lives. From early learning and child care to housing, health and fitness and employment services, YWCA Metro Vancouver touches lives in our communities.
Driving social change in Metro Vancouver and beyond
YWCA Metro Vancouver plays a key role in advocating for social change to support the full realization of women’s equality. Our advocacy on issues such as universal early learning and child care, the sexualization of girls and women and violence against women address some of the systemic causes of poverty and social inequality.
Learn more about our advocacy work.
A healthy start for children
The quality of care children receive when they’re young affects them for life. We operate 4 licensed early learning and child care centres that provide quality, affordable care to families with diverse backgrounds and needs.
Learn more about our early learning and child care.
Help for families in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
YWCA Crabtree Corner Community Resource Centre brings help and hope to families who need them most. Our services, like child care, transitional housing, food, clothing and parenting support, help build better futures for women and children in one of Canada’s poorest neighbourhoods.
Learn more about YWCA Crabtree Corner.
Healthy choices for children and youth
Leadership, mentoring and employment programs support healthy choices, build meaningful careers and help young people face the challenges of growing up. After-school programs for boys and girls aim to build healthier and more confident young people.
Learn more about our youth programs.
Support for single moms
We are dedicated to helping single moms break the cycle of poverty. Weekly group meetings offer peer support and practical assistance like food vouchers. They also connect women with appropriate YWCA services, such as employment programs, housing and other community resources.
Learn more about our Single Mothers' Support Services.
Safe, affordable housing
For a low-income single mother, finding safe, affordable housing is the first step towards creating a better life for her and her family. But that first step is often the hardest.
We provide safe, affordable housing for women and their children. From emergency shelters and transitional housing for women escaping abuse to long-term housing for single moms and their children, our housing communities are a safe place for women and their children to call home.
Learn more about YWCA housing.
Connecting people to employment
We offer programs and services that help job seekers across Metro Vancouver find meaningful employment and long-term career satisfaction. Mentorship, workshops, hiring fairs and much more are offered through a variety of programs, with specialized services available for professionals, women, immigrants and youth.
Learn more about our employment programs and services.
Promoting health and fitness
The YWCA Health + Fitness centre is a co-ed fitness facility in Downtown Vancouver, featuring a pool and the latest in cardio/weight equipment and group fitness classes. This landmark facility helps hundreds of people "find their balance" every day, while membership fees help fund our programs and services.
Learn more about our Health + Fitness Centre.
Providing affordable and "one of a kind" finds
Gently-used clothing and housewares are accepted at the YWCA Thrift Shop, where our program participants benefit in two ways: from revenue generated through the Thrift Shop, which supports our programs, and through access to basic necessities for their families.
Learn more about the YWCA Thrift Shop.
Recognizing women who inspire
The YWCA Women of Distinction Award honours women whose outstanding achievements contribute to the health and future of our community. The Awards also honour businesses and organizations that support the wellness and diverse needs of their employees.
Learn more about the Women of Distinction Awards.