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We are entering our seventh week of pandemic measures and many of us might be feeling a bit restless, patiently awaiting the return of our normal lives. As the Province and City work out what that new “normal” will look like, we want to share that YWCA Hamilton non-essential programming and facilities will continue to remain closed until at least May 31, in accordance with the Ontario Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

Our essential services will continue to operate, as they have since the outset of the pandemic, thanks to the tireless work of our frontline staff. And Carole Anne’s Place, our overnight drop-in centre for women experiencing homelessness, has received yet another temporary extension of funding. Thanks to our partners at the City of Hamilton, our doors will remain open until May 25.

Today I’m also thrilled to share some more happy news. Last week, we welcomed a new baby at Phoenix Place! Both mom and baby are doing well and are receiving great supports from our passionate team of women’s advocates.

The closure of our facilities has not stopped so many of our staff from reaching out to our community in an effort to maintain engagement, reduce isolation and remain active. If you haven’t already checked out our virtual Health and Wellness classes, you’re missing out!

Health and Wellness Manager Marnie Warman shares that a record number of individuals have been regularly participating in 26 classes a week via ZOOM since we implemented the virtual platform a few weeks ago. Classes geared at both Seniors and all-ages communities include Meditation, Mind Busters, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Bone Builders, stretch classes and more. They run Monday to Saturday morning, afternoon and evening and attendance in each class varies between 20-48 people. Check the Schedules page on ywcahamilton.org or keep your eye on our social channels (shared below) for details about class availability and how to join in on the fun. For questions about any of our Health and Wellness programming, please contact Marnie at mwarman@ywcahamilton.org.

Until next time, stay safe.

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Denise Christopherson



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