Lyda Fuller

Executive Director

Lyda has led YWCA NWT for more than 20 years. Her career has been dedicated to working with women and families and she is a passionate advocate for gender equity. Under her leadership, the YWCA has provided many life-changing programs for women and families. Lyda has received many awards including Wise Woman for the NWT, the Cleta Herman award from YWCA Canada and the Woman of the Year at the YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin.

Kate Wilson

Director, Housing

Kate has worked for the YWCA since 1998, where she started the Focus Program, a program focused on career development and gaining employment. Prior to working for the YWCA, Kate worked for the Native Women’s Association and played a central role at the Training Centre, where she designed and delivered an adult education program that taught life/employment skills. Kate has been the Director of Housing for YWCA NWT for nearly 20 years and has made a difference in the lives of many families.

Hawa Dumbuya-Sesay

Director, Children & Youth Services

Hawa has extensive experience working with families, victim services, youth, and adults with disabilities. She has worked in community development in Sierra Leone on a project to reduce maternal mortality in rural areas, provided support to women and children arriving at shelters fleeing family violence, and has worked extensively with people experiencing homelessness, poverty, and mental illness.  Her wide worldview, compassion, and expertise is invaluable to YWCA NWT.  Hawa has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Calgary.


Meet the people working for women and families across the Northwest Territories 

Charlotte Henschel

Director, Finance 

Coming soon! 

Debby Rybchinski

Supervisor, Alison McAteer House

Coming soon! 

April Davies

Supervisor, Sutherland House

Coming soon! 

Alayna Ward 

Director, Communications
& Community Relations 

Alayna has been involved in the YWCA movement for nearly 10 years, first as a board member and then a member of the senior staff team. She works to raise funds for YWCA NWT programming, supplies and staffing and handles all of the organization's communications, special events and marketing.

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