What Women Say About NYWC

How NYWC Helps Women

Through its women’s groups, skill-building workshops, drop-in lounge and 1:1 support services, NYWC empowers women in Toronto and supports their understanding of women’s rights, social justice, violence against women, job readiness, local services and much more. Post-program surveys reveal that NYWC participants feel more confident in their ability to make positive changes in their life, set goals and speak up for themselves, for instance. (To find out about some of our upcoming programs, follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and sign up for newsletter reminders.)

Read a sampling of what NYWC participants have to say below, plus find out how to share your NYWC feedback further down the page!

“It was so important for me that North York Women’s Centre was there at a time in my life when I needed support more than I knew.”

“I owe it to North York Women’s Centre for reminding me of my worth and my talent and to seek my dreams.”

“When you come from a place of trauma, a lot of the time it feels like – or felt to me like – I was an anomaly, an oddity, like I didn’t quite fit in anywhere. My history, my story, my trauma was so unique to me that it never occurred to me that other people could understand, that other people could relate to what I’d been through and what I was still going through. At North York Women’s Centre, I found exactly that: people who could relate to me, people who could understand me and the help that I needed.”

“Honestly, the virtual delivery was fabulous. Thank you for offering this format despite the pandemic challenges. Although we logged in remotely, we all still felt connected to the group. Wonderful group leaders too. Great online library and resources.”

“I am thankful for having a safe place to talk and for being greeted by smiling, friendly faces.”

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“I was in a very difficult position in life. I had been abused by my husband up to the point that I had to leave to a shelter. I was a newcomer in Canada with precarious status and I was a single mum with one young child and another one on the way. I felt alone, I felt afraid and I felt inadequate. I was completely lacking self-esteem. I didn’t know if I could make it on my own and I was completely overwhelmed… Now, I’m feeling so grateful that my life is so much better than before I went to North York Women’s Centre. Now I feel that I am not alone, I’m not afraid and I can do anything I want.”

“I came across NYWC at difficult time in my life and received many gifts from the first time I stepped through its doors. I had the opportunity to participate in a community that supports women to develop their interpersonal and professional skills as well providing many services/referrals to other organizations in the GTA.  I have taken the enhanced skills I have gained into my career and volunteer positions.  NYWC has opened many doors for me and many women in North York and GTA.”

“NYWC has been a consistent support to women in the community, through its programming. It has empowered women, helped them connect and develop support and friendships. It has been a quiet presence for many years, doing amazing work.”

“I’ve found a real safe place in NYWC that’s allowed me to develop some strategic and life altering skills without fear of exposure or threat of exclusion. On the contrary, I have become more active in the programs and activities due to the trust and discretion they offer. Participants are from all walks of life and NYWC offers a non-exclusive environment which is comfortable and encouraging.”

“To many of the women that come through the doors of the NYWC, the groups allow them to be reminded of their strengths and that it is THEIR courage that keeps them afloat and resilient in everyday life. What can we do to promote such positive transformation in the lives of mothers, sisters, aunts, wives, daughter – WOMEN? NYWC's programs are the answer!”

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“Strong women make strong communities. The work NYWC does in strengthening and supporting women is really key to developing resilient communities. And they do an excellent job. We need more centres and people like those at NYWC.”

“The North York Women’s Centre helped me cope with the tragic consequences of the past and understand my recovering progressive position in the present. I can look forward to real relationship communication in the future, which will forge a pathway to happiness thanks to the wonderful women at the NYWC.”

“For a few weeks, you were family.”

“I am very thankful the Centre is here and I appreciate the service. It is too hard to do on my own and I can’t afford to pay. The staff and volunteers are really helpful, professional and focused. They helped me put things into perspective and move forward.”

“I really enjoyed being part of the NYWC and learned a lot from it. I got some good practical advice and support. It gave me insight into my problems and tools to change and improve myself. I have increased my self esteem, am starting to accept myself and generally feel good.”

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“I first went to North York Centre as a participant and found their programs empowering. I later went on to become more active in the centre as a facilitator and as a board member. But great places like this can only stay great when people have opportunities to continually grow and rejuvenate. This has a 'pay it forward' impact on the clients.”

“NYWC is an organization which enables women to support each other and comfort each other in a safe and accepting environment. It is amazing how resilient and resourceful women prove to be once they have the trust and support of their peers! Their groups have always shown a complete transformation, empowerment, the return of ‘the sparkle’ in women's eyes and exchange of valuable experiences and fresh points of view.”

“As a woman who has been through NYWC’s program, I would like to share how this one experience has opened many other doors for myself. The first door was one of rebuilding my own sense of self and identity, the second door, the opportunity to pass on what I learned to other women, and the third door is the conviction to continue my passion for advocacy and social justice by returning to school full time in the area of Social Service Worker. It is my observation that NYWC takes the position that women are powerful and if given resources, we will and can excel, and that systemic barriers must be challenged.”

“With individual support and group sessions I can begin to heal. THANK YOU NYWC!”

“I believe in and support North York Women’s Centre. It provides excellent opportunities for women to be provided with exceptional skills to give back to the community. It is also wonderful for women to develop self confidence to enhance skills which leads to greater opportunities.”

“Keep offering the virtual options and keep expanding the online library. Thank you also for arranging the dietician webinar and the Montreal Massacre Memorial and discussion on the importance of remembering and recognizing the ongoing violence against women.”

Tell Us What You Think Of NYWC

We welcome feedback and suggestions to help make our NYWC services even more effective! Your comments can also help other women find our programs. There are many ways to share your feedback, including: