HOW WE GOT HERE: HISTORY OF YWCA NWT
Serving northern families for 50+ years
Here at YWCA NWT, we see the value in everyone. We want to be a catalyst for positive change, and since 1966 we have worked tirelessly to be a voice for positive change for northern women and families.
YWCA NWT milestones:
1966 - YWCA Canada and YWCA Toronto answer a request from government to provide housing for a growing population of single, working women in Yellowknife. A local committee is struck to establish a YWCA in the Northwest Territories
1968 - The new YWCA Yellowknife opens the doors of a seven bed residence on Matonabee Street, and moves several times to continue expanding.
1969 - YWCA opens its first summer camp for children (later taken over by the City).
1972 - YWCA opens first day care centre in the NWT in Yellowknife, and continues to expand child care spaces through the decade. These day care programs lasted until the mid-1990s
1974 - YWCA opens the first after-school program - at Mildred Hall School - at the request of the school board. That program continues today at every school in the city, and in both French and English
1978 - YWCA Yellowknife expanded housing options yet again, by opening a large residence in Northern United Place.
1986 - The 12 bed Alison McAteer House is established and named after a former YWCA president and city councilor. YWCA Yellowknife opened its first group home for adults with disabilities who need support. A second group home for adults with disabilities was opened in 1991.
1995 - YWCA Yellowknife closed its group homes and moved adults with disabilities into their own shared apartments. The YWCA continued to provide in-home support in a less restrictive environment.
1996 - The Alison McAteer House family violence shelter housed at NUP moved into a separate building, specially renovated to provide safety for women and children.
1997 - YWCA Yellowknife moved out of Northern United Place to make way for the Aurora College campus. The transitional and emergency housing programs for families moved to the 39-suite Rockhill apartment complex on 54 Avenue where it continues to this day.
2000 - YWCA begins offering Project Child Recovery, a program that helps children who have witnessed violence learn the skills to cope with their experiences.
2003 - YWCA begins offering in-home support and outreach for people with chronic psychiatric illness. YWCA purchases the first of five homes for clients who need in-home support
2006 - YWCA offers first Power of Being a Girl Conference for girls ages 12-14 to build confidence and self-esteem.
2008 - YWCA partners with Taiga Adventure Camp to provide a summer camp for both pre-teen and teenage girls in Fort Smith. Tagia achieved independence in 2012.
2009 - YWCA begins offering GirlSpace to girls ages 8 to 13 afterschool. The program's goal is to empower girls.
2011 - YWCA Yellowknife hosts YWCA Canada's annual general meeting in Yellowknife, the only time the meeting has been north of 60.
2013 - YWCA withdraws from providing housing to people with disabilities and mental health issues. Construction begins on the new Betty House, transitional housing for women and women with children.
2014 - YWCA opens Lynn's Place, (formerly named Betty House).
2017 - YWCA takes over operation of the NWT Family Centre.
2017 - YWCA Yellowknife changes its name to YWCA NWT to reflect its broader focus and mandate on working with women and families across the NWT.