YWCA 125th Anniversary

YWCA's 125th Anniversary

Commemorating 125 years

This year marks YWCA Metro Vancouver’s 125th anniversary. Since 1897, the YWCA has acted and advocated to right inequities women and families experience through responsive services, culturally sensitive programs and forward-thinking advocacy. This year, we are redoubling our efforts to ensure a just and equitable world for women, families, Two-Spirit and gender diverse people. Learn more about our plans to recognize 125 years of serving our communities.

Reserved For Her
Reserved for her

Throughout history, women's contributions have been overlooked. To celebrate the local women and girls who are making history, we’ve created a statue-less statue base to act as a literal platform for change. Visit Reserved For Her Championed by Scotiabank outside the Vancouver Convention Centre.

True Gender Equity Means Nobody Gets Left Behind
Rewrite Feminism

Mainstream feminism hasn’t always been inclusive of Black, Indigenous and racialized women, or trans, Two-Spirit and gender diverse people. We're changing that by updating familiar feminist quotes to be more inclusive. Help us “rewrite feminism”.

Women of Distinction
Women of Distinction

The YWCA Women of Distinction Awards recognizes extraordinary local women leaders and businesses. Learn more about the 75 nominees and their contributions to advance gender equity in fields like business, science and the arts.

Our impact

YWCA Metro Vancouver offers 72 programs in 66 locations in Metro Vancouver. Last year:


Youth participated in our youth and mentorship programs 



Women and children made their home at one of our 13 YWCA housing communities 


Job seekers accessed career services through YWCA and YWCA-operated WorkBC programs

Our 125th year at a glance










Our progress on equity, diversity and inclusion

As we recognize 125 years of serving our community, we are committed to ensuring the YWCA remains relevant and impactful in ways that are inclusive and authentic. To do this, we need to be honest about where we have been, where we are at, and what changes are needed to move forward.  Read more about our work to advance equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility at the YWCA. 

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A new vision for the ywca

We boldly envision a just and equitable world for women, families and allies. In recognition of our 125th anniversary, we are excited to announce a new vision for YWCA Metro Vancouver. Read about the meaning behind our new, more inclusive vision and mission.


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