Lynn's Place

Julie Green of YWCA Yellowknife accepts a cheque from Kevin Hodgins, senior principal at Stantec in Yellowknife to support the operations of Lynn's Place.

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Jan McNeill of CIBC presents a cheque to Lyda Fuller, Executive Director of YWCA Yellowknife to create a fund to subsidize rents at Lynn's Place.

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The board of directors of YWCA Yellowknife is delighted celebrate the life and career of Lynn Brooks by naming the new women’s safe housing building in her honor.

The building will be formally known as Lynn Brooks’ Safe Place for Women, and it will also be called Hoti Etsanda Ko, in the Weledeh dialect of the Tlicho language, meaning healthy living place. The informal name for the building is Lynn’s Place.

“Lynn’s life embodies our hope for this building, that women will be able to turn their troubled past into lives of strength and independence,” says Lyda Fuller, executive director of YWCA Yellowknife. “We are so grateful for the contribution she has made to improve the lives and safety of northern women,” she added.

Lynn arrived in Yellowknife 45 years ago, a single mom looking for a new start after a violent relationship. She began working at the YWCA Yellowknife day care in 1977, and then became the director of children’s services and the battered women’s program (as it was then known). She played a key role in establishing the YWCA Yellowknife Alison McAteer House family violence shelter, which opened in 1986. Lynn has been executive director and president of the Status of Women Council of the NWT. She and her husband Bob also fostered teenage girls for many years.

“I am overwhelmed and so honoured. I am one of so many women who have worked incredibly hard on the issue of domestic abuse. This facility honours all of us,” Brooks says.

Lynn’s Place is a safe housing building for women. It contains 18 suites on three floors. There are six bed-sit units for single women (including two that are wheelchair accessible), ten two-bedroom units and two three-bedroom units. Rent is affordable, using CMHC affordability guidelines. The bed-sit is $900, the two-bedroom $1,580 and the three-bedroom $1,750 per month.

The building is for women who need safe housing after leaving a violent relationship, or who are ready to find stability in a safe environment.  They may apply for units at the YWCA Yellowknife Housing Program at Rockhill (4904 54 Ave). Applicants are assessed for need and willingness to engage in the programming offered at the safe housing building. Tenants are welcome to stay for up to three years. The women’s safe housing building is NOT an emergency shelter. Those in immediate danger should contact YWCA Yellowknife’s Alison McAteer Family Violence shelter at 873-8257 or the RCMP.

If you have questions about the women’s safe housing program, contact Lyda Fuller at lyda@ywcanwt. ca. The operation of Lynn's Place is supported by:

The furnishing of Lynn's Place was made possible by so many generous people, including: