“Whatever you do, work from the soul.”

Yaa Gyamfuah Nsiah, group programs coordinator and facilitator at North York Women's Centre

It’s no surprise that Yaa Gyamfuah Nsiah, the new group programs coordinator and facilitator at NYWC, likes to help women build their resilience, knowledge and self-advocacy. After all, so many women in her life are pillars of strength and determination. “I love that NYWC supports and creates space for women,” says Yaa, who has a…

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“It means so much to help women empower themselves.”

Iris Fabbro doesn’t like a lot of attention. But after 25 years of running the North York Women’s Centre (NYWC) – an organization that has assisted thousands of women – her colleagues want to celebrate her extraordinary contributions to the group and the non-profit sector. “Without Executive Director Iris Fabbro, NYWC would simply not exist,”…

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NYWC program connects senior to family in her final days

Lydia Aysip

In the months and days before she succumbed to cancer, Lydia Aysip found comfort in messaging her family in the Philippines using a tablet supplied by North York Women’s Centre. Before 2020, Aysip rarely spoke to her family because the cost of long-distance calls was too expensive. Fortunately, we were able to supply her with…

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“I Hope To Offer Empowerment & Engagement.”

Madeline Lemire, NYWC's Manager of Volunteer Resources

NYWC’s Madeline Lemire reflects on the defining passion of her life and career. My name is Madeline Lemire, and I am thrilled to be starting as the Manager of Volunteer Resources for the North York Women’s Centre! I have been living in Toronto for 11 years now and have heard about the NYWC’s great work…

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How To Feel Helpful & Hopeful

Woman On The Phone

Volunteering at NYWC makes a difference. You may have heard about the 1:1 support service that we offer at North York Women’s Centre but aren’t aware of the type of assistance we provide. (In addition to our other programs and services.) With the help of staff and volunteers, we respond to women’s visits, calls and…

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The Joy Of In-Person Services

North York Women's Centre Painted Mural

Shazma Nafis, a former NYWC intern and peer support worker, reflects on the process of moving from online to in-person services. Connecting with participants at our very first in-person event since the start of the pandemic, I couldn’t help but feel a surge of happiness. For the last two years, North York Women’s Centre has…

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“It Continues To Be An Incredible Gift.”

Rachelle Beswick shares how NYWC supported her healing and growth. Chi-Miigwetch to the team at the North York Women’s Centre for creating such a supportive community during one of the most difficult years of my life. Although I had become accustomed to living with a certain level of stress, I am now standing taller and…

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Always Evolving

NYWC Board Retreat

Two recent NYWC events explored our strategic priorities moving forward. North York Women’s Centre couldn’t be more grateful for the tireless work of our team and volunteers over the past two pandemic years. On May 7th, we had an ideal opportunity to express that gratitude, celebrate our progress and discuss our next steps for growth.…

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What Summer Students Say About North York Women’s Centre

Women Working Together

Every May, we’re delighted to welcome summer interns to NYWC. It’s a win-win scenario in which students gain meaningful learning and practicum experience while offering invaluable help to our organization and the women who participate in our programs. Read on to hear what some past students have to say about their time at North York…

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