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www.ywcahamilton.org can we afford women’s poverty?  

from the desk of Denise Doyle—CEO, YWCA Hamilton  In Canada, 2.8 million women live in poverty. Unfortunately, these statistics don’t startle me. I see too many women at the YWCA each day who are struggling and in need of support because they don’t make enough income to make ends meet. Responses that simply focus on getting people off social assistance and into paid employment will fail because they do not address the systemic issues of poverty. For many women, employment means joining the ranks of the working poor. YWCA CEO Denise Doyle Over 4,000 women work full time in Hamilton yet still fall below the poverty s a member of Hamilton’s line. Women’s poverty is about more than just earning an income; it needs to Poverty Roundtable, I am be about an improved standard of living often presented with and access to opportunities and choices. statistical data on the overwhelming number To effectively address women’s poverty of women living in poverty. we must address structural inequalities

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between men and women. Offering affordable housing and childcare services, investments in women’s education and training, and paying both women and men a living wage will close gender gaps and raise women out of poverty. Governments can also create a national poverty reduction strategy, implement recommendations from the 2004 Federal Pay Equity Task Force, and design a gender audit to ensure women benefit equally from government investments. There is a moral and economic cost to women’s inequality, but there is also a real and direct cost to women’s lives. Women in poverty on average lose 4.5 years off their life. The costs are too high – real solutions to gender equity issues must be addressed today.

2.8 million women in Canada are living in poverty  4,000  women work full  me in Hamilton yet fall below the poverty line  women account for 60% of minimum wage earners   women’s poverty is directly linked to lower life  expectancy by 4.5 years and higher infant mortality rates 

Mayo, S. (2010). “Women & Poverty”. Social  Planning and Research Council of Hamilton.     Picard, A. (2009). Rich v. Poor: The lives we  can expect from our income. Globe and Mail,  Nov. 25, 2009. 

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summer 2012, Q2

www.ywcahamilton.org YWCA members awarded Life Time Achievement & Agnes Amelia Blizard Award  Congratulations to YWCA Hamilton Past President Cathie Miller. Cathie was honoured in June with The Agnes Amelia Blizard Award— given to a YWCA volunteer who has shown commitment to the mission of YWCA Canada and who has demonstrated local or national leadership to the YWCA movement.

Congratulations to June Noonan and Joan Coultes who were presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the City of Hamilton on June 26, 2012. June and Joan were nominated for this award by the YWCA Hamilton MacNab & Ottawa Street Seniors Centres where they volunteer each week. Cathie Miller

June Noonan & Joan Coultes

it’s not easy being a woman ‐ Debbie Wooldridge’s story  Since I was 5 years old I knew I was a girl. While other the daily harassment took a toll on my self esteem and kids would spend their allowance on candy, I would buy self worth. girls’ clothing at the thrift store and get dressed in secret. Staff and friends at YWCA helped me to Growing up I felt enormous pressure to live up to the overcome my fear of ideal image – to marry, to have kids, to become a going out in public and I father. I was miserable. gained opportunities for leadership and advocacy. The day came when I could not take it any more. I Today I am the person I thought to myself that even if I lose every single friend always knew I was. and family member, at least I will be free. At the age of 42 I came out as a transgender woman. If there is one message I want to share, it’s that Nothing prepared me for what took place. I had been YWCA Hamilton is a coaching lacrosse and rec hockey but was forced to place where you can go stop. I had two cars, a house, and a job and suddenly it that’s safe to just be you. was very difficult to hold down a job and to find housing. Debbie Wooldridge At my rental apartment in East Hamilton my neighbours made threats to me. I was afraid to go anywhere and

celebrate with YWCA & make a difference   Are you looking for a special way to celebrate one of life’s momentous occasions while simultaneously making a difference in the lives of women and girls? If your answer is yes, then we have an incredible idea for you! Host an event and raise money to support the programs and services at the YWCA. stay connected:

The Development Team would be happy to help make this celebration one to remember! Please contact a member from the Development Team for more information on this opportunity at 905.522.9922 Page 2 www.ywcahamilton.org


summer 2012, Q2

www.ywcahamilton.org Sergeant Dave Dunbar was determined to walk the WALK  When pictures of Sergeant Dave Dunbar in red heels appeared in The Hamilton Spectator after the first Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event, the criticism was fast and harsh. “People told me it was unprofessional and an embarrassment to the uniform,” Dave said. In the face of enormous public pushback Dave reaffirmed his commitment to walking in the event. The walk offered an important opportunity to raise awareness about women’s poverty, homelessness and violence. “That’s what policing is all about— protecting and serving people,” says Dave, “And as my wife said, if I hadn’t worn the uniform I would have wasted the opportunity.“

Police Chief Glen De Caire personally thanked Dave knowing that he was the only officer to walk and that he received a lot of criticism. Three years later, Dave walked with a team of six officers from multiple units, male and female, all of them in uniform. No one criticizes Dave anymore. “People know it’s for an important cause and they see you rise to the challenge,” says Dave. Dave now sits on the walk’s steering committee and says his next challenge “is to see people from every community and profession get involved.” Help Dave reach this challenge in 2013!

get your team  together today!  Sgt. Dave Dunbar

905-522-9922 ext. 111 or www.ywcahamilton.org

upcoming events!  person’s day   Join us for the 5th Annual Person’s Day Breakfast to commemorate the landmark 1929 Person’s case that guaranteed women the right to participate in all aspects of public life. Keynote speaker is award-winning multidisciplinary educator Kim Crosby. Kim Crosby Equal. Right? Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012 JOIN THE CONVERSATION Time: 7:30am – 8:30am ON PERSON’S DAY! Location: Liuna Station, 360 James St. N. Hamilton Tickets: $25 Table: $250 table of 10

leadership summit for women—speaking up: a shared space for the diverse voices of women  Look at trends impacting women leaders, learn about women’s leadership styles, network, and transform the status of women. Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012 Time: 9am—3:30pm Reg: 8 am Location: Hamilton City Hall Tickets: FREE

for event informa on or to purchase  ckets call 905‐522‐9922 or visit us online:   www.ywcahamilton.org  stay connected:

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summer 2012, Q2

www.ywcahamilton.org what’s going on at the ‘Y’ this fall!  For Kids:

For Adults:

Swimming Lessons Red Cross Pre-School (starting from 3 months to 5 years) & Red Cross Swim Kids (starting at 6 years+) Saturday Kids Club (5-12 years) Totally amazing fun! Including games, sports, crafts, swimming and more. $5 Drop in fee. Birthday Parties pool parties gymnastic parties face painting on-site party staff & more!

Fit & Aqua Pass Memberships: Achieve your wellness goals with a full range of energizing classes, facilities and equipment! Includes unlimited use of fitness & pool facilities, whirlpool and saunas.

HIGH FIVE is Canada’s only comprehensive quality standard program for organizations providing recreation and sports to children aged 6-12 years. YWCA Hamilton is HIGH FIVE Accredited and offers HIGH FIVE Principals of Healthy Childhood Development Certification Training.

Personal Training Looking for extra motivation? YWCA offers Pay-as -you-go Partner Training. You and a friend work out together with one trainer. Call: 905-5229922 x118

Contact Us: For more information about any of our fitness and aquatic programs for children and adults please contact us for details or visit our web-site at www.ywcahamilton.org or call 905.522.9922

realizing strengths & experiencing success—Y’Art  The Y’Art program was established to meet the needs of developmentally delayed younger adults who have graduated from high school and are unable to access traditional vocational training programs or employment. Many of whom are without any meaningful day activity.

Program Operation: Y’Art is offered three days a week with an average of 10 individuals per class. Admission Criteria: Adults with confirmed developmental disabilities and are registered with and referred by Developmental Services Ontario (DSO). 1877-376-4674 or local 905-297-5607

Y’Art seeks to develop and increase the social, emotional, physical and intellectual well-being of For further information: younger adults with developmental disabilities by CASS Supervisor at providing a variety of artistic mediums. Whether it’s 905-522-9922 ext. 119 community outings to art exhibits, exploring the work of a select artist each month, or inviting *Funded by the Ministry of Community local artists in for presentations, Y’Art works to and Social Services enhance social and communication skills.

      a special thank you to our donors and sponsors  2011 Walk A Mile In Her Shoes  Action Sanitation  Dean D. Paquette & Associates  Fire Code Maintenance & Consulting Ltd.  Green Benefits Group

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 Hamilton Police Service  McCallum Sather Architects  Mercedes Benz Burlington  Metroland Media Group Ltd.  Milli Ltd. TD Canada Trust  Ottawa Key Shop

Totally Awesome Young Women’s Breakfast  Arvin Air  Hamilton-Wentworth Elementary Teachers’ Local Turning Point Partners  Cathie Miller

 Annette Hamm  Denise Doyle  Lynda Bowen  Angela Frisina  Charlotte Yates  Brenda Yates  Peggy Leppert Page 4 www.ywcahamilton.org


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