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


Hawa Dumbuya-Sesay

Executive Director

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.


Kate Wilson

Director of 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.


Alayna Ward

Director of Communications & Community Relations

Charlotte Henschel

Director of Finance

April Davies

Manager, Sutherland House

Fort Smith 

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 the YWCA NWT and handles all of the organization's communications, special events, media relations and marketing. Alayna has a BA from St. Thomas University and a Public Relations diploma from Grant MacEwan. 


Debby Rybchinski

Manager, Alison McAteer House

Director of Children Services