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About Us

Who We Are

Our Mission

YWCA Hamilton strengthens women’s and girls’ voices, broadens their choices, builds dynamic leadership and provides essential and meaningful services that promote safe, inclusive, and equitable communities.

Our Vision

Women and girls have the rights, resources and opportunities to shape their own lives and define their communities.

Our Values

Equity

We root our work in the strengths and achievements of feminism and recognize that an investment in girls and women builds a stronger future for everyone.

Self-determination

We respect and support women’s and girls’ choices to build better futures for themselves and their families.

Inclusion

We are committed to diversity and inclusion to address the ever-changing needs of our communities. YWCA Hamilton programs are inclusive of all women, non-binary, gender-fluid and trans individuals of all genders.

Community

We work in community and partnership with local, national and international movements and organizations to achieve equity and justice for women, girls and families.

Accountability

We are responsible and accountable to the people and communities we serve.

YWCA programs are inclusive of all women, non-binary, gender fluid and trans individuals of all genders.

Our impact is made possible on the lands of the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishnaabeg. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties, within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement, and is directly adjacent to Haldimand Treaty territory. We respect the longstanding relationships with the local Indigenous communities, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the Six Nations of the Grand River, and are committed to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report.

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We will change the lives of women, girls and families

Our Strategic Priorities

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We will IMPACT

Deepen and expand our impact in the community through strategic alliances that support the delivery of accessible and inclusive services to enhance the quality of life of women and girls.

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We will INFLUENCE

Advance opportunities for women and girls to be leaders and to have a platform in which they can strategically influence their communities.

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We will INNOVATE

Foster a culture and organization of innovation, sustainability and high performance.

YWCA Hamilton's 130-year of service

YWCA Hamilton’s nearly 130-year history of strengthening and empowering women is integral to the organization we have become. By looking toward the past, we can better understand why we offer the many programs and services we do today.

Leadership

Our board of directors is fully woman-powered. With an operating budget over $17 million, YWCA Hamilton is governed by a board of 13 skilled and deeply engaged directors.

Our executive leadership team consists of 8 strong, bold and passionate women and 15 fierce senior managers. YWCA Hamilton has the proven experience, organizational capacity and drive to constantly innovate to meet the every changing demands of the communities and people we serve.

Our Reports & Policies

YWCA Hamilton creates real change and lasting impact. Learn how we have changed the lives of over 10,000+ women, children and families through critical YWCA services and programming.

YWCA Hamilton believes that women and girls must have the rights, resources, and opportunities to shape their own lives and define their communities.

Our Advocacy

We advance social justice for women, girls, non-binary and gender-fluid folks through our programs, services, supports and advocacy. 

Partner with YWCA Hamilton

We can’t do this work alone. To fulfill our mission and make our impact possible, YWCA Hamilton develops and fosters partnerships with local education institutions, community organizations, advocacy groups and more. Each collaboration is unique and valuable in shaping our organization.

Aboriginal Youth Navigation Collaborative
Burlington Chamber of Commerce
CAMH-Newcomer Mental Health Project-Ontario
CAS/VAW Collaboration
Child Care & Youth Advocacy Group
Community Benefits Network
Complex Care System Planning Table
Crisis Prevention Institute
DS/HR Strategy Group Committee
Embolden Strategic Guiding Council
Equity & Engagement – Early Years System Planning
Hamilton Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition
Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
Hamilton Collaborative Partnership Group Community Hub/Multi-Sport Facility Project (formerly SportsGroup Hamilton)
Hamilton Community Access to Transportation Committee (CAT)
Hamilton Developmental Services Manager’s Table
Hamilton Developmental Services Resource Management Group
Hamilton Developmental Services System Planning Table
Hamilton Drug Strategy – Harm Reduction Workgroup
Hamilton Drug Strategy – Steering Committee
Hamilton is Home
Hamilton Transit Alliance
HHT-Hamilton Health Team – Addictions & Mental Health Secretariat
HHT-Hamilton Health Team
HIPC-Hamilton Immigration Partnership Committee
HIPC-Hamilton Immigration Partnership Evaluation Committee
Hospital Shelter Working Group
Housing and Homelessness Action Planning Table
HRPA (Human Resources Professionals Association) Hamilton Chapter Board
Human Resources Roundtable
HWCDSB Child Care Operations
HWDSB Child Care Operators
HWDSB Child Care Operators
Joint Liasion and Community Resource Family Court Committee
Joseph Brant Hospital-Oncology
Jump Start Hamilton Chapter Group
McMaster University Community Based Research Platform
Mental Health Commission of Canada
Mohawk – Challenge 2025
Mohawk College-Social Services Advisory
Mohawk College-Social Services Advisory / Bridging Program advisory committee
National Brand Task Force
Neighbor2Neighbor
NGS-Never Going to Stop-Black Youth Programs Advisory
Not Myself Today
OAITH- Ontario Association of Intreval and Transition Houses
OASIS
OCASI (Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants)
ONN (Ontario NonProfit Network)
Ontario Health (West) IPAC Hub
Program Advisory Council – Trios Community Service Worker
SaRCC Seniors At Risk Community Council
Sisters in Spirit – Hamilton
Skills Development Flagship
Supervised Access MAG Funded Coordinator’s Group
Tiger Town Council
Transitional Housing & Support Workers
WAVES (Survivors Advisory of WAWG)
WAWG – Woman Abuse Working Group
WE HBA | WIN (West End Home Builder’s Association/Women In Industry)
Wellwood
WHPC – Women’s Housing Planning Collaborative – Operations Committee
WHPC – Women’s Housing Planning Collaborative – Steering Committee
Women’s Services Advisory to the Chief of Police
Women’s Shelters Canada
Youth Service Agences Network.
YWCA Canada Committees: National Brand Task Force
YWCA Canada Committees: Pan-Canadian Fundraising Task Force
YWCA Canada Committees: Advocacy Committee
YWCA Canada Committees: Integrating Committee
YWCA Canada Committees: Youth Advisory Council
YWCA Ontario Coalition
YWCA Ontario Coalition
YWCA Ontario Coalition – Child Care Subcommittee
YWCA Ontario Coalition – Homelessness Subcommittee
Zonta Club of Hamilton 1

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