Leadership & Learning Hub

About the Project

Why should I join?

Knowledge is power. YWCA Canada has been capacity building for 150 years. Join our webinars to develop your full leadership potential: network, meet experts, explore new ideas and get peer support from other YWCA staff & volunteers across Canada.

Sessions will cover topics such as:

  • Violence against women counselling skills for your local community
  • Virtual & Online Employment and Job coaching for service users
  • Good Governance for strong YWCA boards
  • Intersectional Advocacy & Campaigning Skills to influence your community
  • Truth & Reconciliation Practices for your YWCA
  • Leadership training & mentoring to support YWCA leaders

Benefits of Membership

Working during COVID-19 is hard. These one hour sessions will offer you the opportunity to explore what is happening in your sector with others from across Canada.

Your leadership journey will include:

  • Network and connect with other experts in your field
  • Access professional development for no cost
  • A participation certificate from YWCA Canada
  • Downloadable tools & resources to use at your local YWCA



Upcoming Sessions

See below for details about upcoming sessions.

If you would like to offer a session or suggest a topic, please contact Andrea Dannecker at adannecker@ywcacanada.ca.

Stay tuned for updates on the upcoming sessions for November.


Participatory Research Tools (Bilingual)
1:00pm2:30pm   EST (GMT-5)
In this workshop, we will review community-based research practices and participatory research tools for YWCA programs. Based on the Born to be Bold project, we will share the learnings from our experience doing national research with 10 YWCA member associations to determine promising practices for women’s labour market access. Throughout this interactive session, you will gain practical tools for applying a person-centered approach to research and program evaluation.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Define community-based research and participatory research
  • Understand how to apply community-based research practices in the YWCA context
  • Incorporate participatory research tools into research design and practice
  • Understand the constraints and benefits of using community-based research practices for program monitoring and evaluation

Registration: https://bit.ly/2YUsPTT

See the poster for more information on the session.


Shiva Mazrouei, Research Officer and Jenny Cloutier, Bilingual Project Coordinator, YWCA Canada


Risk Management for Board Members
6:00pm7:00pm   EST (GMT-5)

Led by the long time CEO of YWCA Lethbridge & District, Kristine Cassie will deliver an updated session on risk
management for board members. As part of this interactive session, Kristine will use case studies and touch on
potential COVID-19 pandemic risks.

Registration: https://bit.ly/3lEVPIX


Inter-Generational Advocacy Panel
5:30pm7:00pm   EST (GMT-5)


Join us for a thought provoking panel of YWCA staff and partners who are leading advocacy to advance gender
equity and a feminist economic recovery in Canada.

Registration: https://bit.ly/2GjWD5X

Presenter: Amber Niemeyer, YWCA Edmonton


Past Due – A National Action Plan to Address Gender-Based Violence in Canada
1:00pm2:00pm   EST (GMT-5)


In this session, Anjum Sultana, YWCA Canada’s Director of Public Policy & Strategic Communications will facilitate a presentation on the need for a national action plan on gender-based violence in Canada. Highlighting lessons learned from other countries, the session will identify potential opportunities for advocacy. A special guest will join to discuss why a national action plan and whole of government approach is needed to create a violence-free future in Canada.

Registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_V42ifnfvTWqbqr9S5P5ONA


Digital Platforms and Violence against Women: User Experiences, Best Practices, and the Law
1:00pm2:15pm   EST (GMT-5)

This webinar is co-hosted by Western University’s Learning Network and the Knowledge Hub on gender-based violence, sexual violence, trauma-and violence-informed practice, health promotion and child maltreatment.

The information below and the speaker bios can be found on www.vawlearningnetwork.ca:

This webinar will offer insights into one of the panelist’s experiences of being targeted by digital hate groups in order to describe experiences of violence, doxing, the precarity of being visible in online spaces, and the importance of fostering a feminist security culture. It will provide an overview of key privacy, safety and security tips and resources and offer participants tools to create safer spaces for themselves and others. It will also provide an overview of key laws that apply to online platform-facilitated violence, abuse, and harassment, including privacy law, tort law, criminal law, and the developing law on platform regulation.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand how the visibility afforded to us by a social media saturated society fosters opportunities for new forms of risk and gendered violence and how to resist visibility through feminist security culture.
  • To have a better understanding of digital literacy and the consequences of what we disclose and consume in order to better support women in the context of shelters, transition housing and beyond experiencing tech facilitated violence.
  • To understand the various major types of legal strategies available to address platform-facilitated abuse, including what specific issues they can address and their limitations.

Registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7jcbfrPISgy3iELDVa4A4w


Abigail Curlew, Raine Liliefeldt, and Cynthia Khoo


Pioneers long before #MeToo went viral: Intersectionality, Black Women and Sexual Violence (Bilingual)
11:30am12:30pm   EST (GMT-5)


As a social worker by training, Black Canadian feminist, mental health advocate, and survivor of sexual violence, Kharoll-Ann Souffrant’s doctoral research focuses on the #MeToo and #BeenRapedNeverReported social movements within the province of Quebec with an intersectional lens that applies to Canada from coast to coast to coast. This webinar stems from the presenter’s expertise and experiences at the personal, advocacy, research and professional levels concerning sexual violence against Black women.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Learn about some of the dilemmas and challenges that may arise for Black
    women and girls who wish to report or disclose sexual violence experiences;
  2. Become aware of examples of different initiatives, led by and for Black
    women and girls, in various settings, aiming at filling the gaps in research,
    prevention, advocacy and psycho-social interventions when it comes to
    sexual violence;
  3. Discuss potential intervention tools/strategies on how to better respond to
    the needs of Black women and girls who have experienced sexual violence.

Registration: https://bit.ly/2YYt00y

See the poster for more information on the session.

This session may be bilingual depending on participants’ preferred language. Slides will be presented in both English and French.


Born in Montreal and of Haitian origin, Kharoll-Ann Souffrant is a social worker and speaker. She is a
doctoral student at the University of Ottawa and a Vanier scholarship recipient. Her thesis focuses on
sexual violence experienced by Black women in Quebec in connection with the #MoiAussi (#MeToo)
movement of 2017 and #AgressionNonDénoncée (#BeenRapedNeverReported) movement of 2014.
She has worked as a volunteer, counselor and social worker with populations with a variety of psychosocial
difficulties as well as in the health and social services network.

In recent years, Kharoll-Ann has become particularly known for her activism against sexual violence
against women and for promotion of mental health. She has been a sought after speaker since 2015.
Kharoll-Ann is regularly called upon to participate in the media on themes related to her areas of
expertise, in English and French, and across Canada.

For her commitment, Kharoll-Ann has received numerous awards including the Young Woman of
Distinction award from the YWCA of Montreal, the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award and the Relève
award from the Order of Social Workers of Québec. She is now an Action Canada Fellow for 2020/21.
Kharoll-Ann has been recently selected as a 2020 United Nations Fellow for People of African Descent
by the Office of High Commissioner of Human Rights in the context of the UN International Decade for
People of African Descent (2015-2024).


Recordings of Past Sessions


Indigenous Womxn, Gender Equity During a Pandemic
1:00pm2:00pm   EST (GMT-5)


Join Shaya MacDonald, who is supporting YWCA Canada’s work on the Truth and Reconciliation Committee, in a
conversation on gender equity, Indigenous women and the pandemic.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Learn how Indigenous Womxn and gender diverse people are being impacted by the pandemic
2. Become familiar with the MMIWG2S+ Calls to Justice
3. Learn how we can imagine a post-pandemic new world

Registration: https://bit.ly/2YVtx3n

See the poster for more information on the session.


Shaya MacDonald, Indigenous Clinical Case Management, Consultant on Truth & Reconciliation Calls to Action



Here to Help and PEACE Programs: How YWCAs are supporting children who have been impacted by domestic violence
11:30am12:30pm   EST (GMT-5)


YWCAs across the country support women and
children who are survivors of domestic violence.
Learn more about two programs that support
children and their mothers through the healing
process. Presenters will share resources, tools and
emerging practices.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand the Here to Help and PEACE programs and their goals in working with
    women and their children exposed to intimate partner violence
  2. Get familiar with activities used in the programs
  3. Learn how expressive arts programming supports the journey towards healing

Registration: https://bit.ly/3lE7DeC

See the poster for more information on the session


Maria Palma, Here to Help Coordinator, YWCA Toronto
Wendy Gruneberg, Director of the PEACE program, Kamloops Community YMCA-YWCA


Unconscious Bias to Inclusive Leadership
11:30am1:30pm   EST (GMT-5)

Description: The workshop is designed to help participants understand how biases play out at the individual, interpersonal, and organizational levels. Participants will gain practical tools for addressing biases within each of these levels and have the opportunity to practice inclusion through interactive components. Focus Areas: Culture of Inclusion Modeling; Awareness of Bias & Valuing of D&I Dialogue & Bias Interruption; Trust, Safety, Fairness & Innovation; People Development.

Learning Outcomes:
• Understand unconscious bias and its impact
• Understand the importance of inclusion and the role of an inclusive leader
• Become aware of and begin to address internal, interpersonal and organizational biases
• Identify and commit to actions to create a more inclusive culture

All participants will be required to complete a pre-survey by July 17 and to review a workbook. Space is limited (30), please register to reserve your spot. Your registration will be confirmed by July 6th, 2020. If you are no longer able to attend the session in person, please notify us as we anticipate a waiting list.

See the poster for more information on the session.


Tanya van Biesen, Executive Director, Canada, Catalyst; Joanna Harper, Director, Corporate Engagement, Canada, Catalyst