Registration for the Young Women's Leadership Program is Now Open!

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Join us for the Young Women's Leadership Program on July 17th and 18th!

This program is for young women and non-binary youth between the ages of 15 and 18. Throughout the two-day training, you will have the chance to build on your leadership skills, network with like-minded peers, and gain insight and confidence in your leadership abilities. Together, we will explore and build on our self-awareness, basic facilitation skills, building group dynamics, conflict resolution skills, and how we can all contribute to creating safe spaces. We will even have time to practice these skills by working together to co-facilitate four short, pre-developed workshops. 

The two-day training is FREE and will take place on Tuesday, July 17th and Wednesday, July 18th at the NL Housing and Homelessness Network (77 Charter Avenue). This space is accessible. Snacks and lunch will be provided on both days. 

Interested in attending? Registration is required. Please click here to access and complete the online registration form. 

Registration will close at the end of the day on July 4th, 2018. Please note: due to limited resources, registration for this program is limited. Make sure to register early to ensure you secure your spot!

Interested in joining but don't have access to transportation? Please reach out - while we have limited resources, we will do our best to make sure you are able to attend the program. 

If you have any questions or have trouble completing this registration form, you can reach us at or 726-9922. 

Introducing the 2018 Women of Distinction Nominees

We are proud to announce the 34 amazing women nominated for the 2018 Women of Distinction Awards! Interested in celebrating the accomplishments of these remarkable women? We will be highlighting each of these nominees on social media from February 12th until the Awards Ceremony on Mach 8th. Be sure to follow along and join in the celebrations. 

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December 6th Karma Yoga Classes

Announcing our upcoming Karma Yoga Classes on December 6th being held at various yoga studios in Metro St. John’s. Yoga is restorative in nature, physically, mentally, and emotionally, and can open the door to new beginnings and emotional healing.

Hosting yoga studios include Alive With Yoga, Elements Yoga & Wellness, Exhale Pilates & Yoga Studio, Hot Yoga Bodies, Moksha Yoga, Nova Yoga, and Ocean Yoga will be holding classes.

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Schedule for December 6th:

  • 9:30 am - Hot Yoga Bodies, 558 Old Broad Cove Rd, Portugal Cove-St. Phillips (Suggested Donation: $5) [This class will be in a hot room and we will be doing a gentle flow style class of all levels]

  • 10:00 am-11:30 am – Alive with Yoga, CNIB Building, 70 the Boulevard. Please email to register

  • 5:30 pm - Nova Yoga, 125 Long’s Hill, St. John’s (Suggestion Donation: $10)

  • 5:45 pm-6:45 pm – Ocean Yoga, 120 LeMarchant Road, St. John’s (Suggested Donation: $10)

  • 6:00 pm - Elements Yoga & Wellness, 12 Gleneyre Street (Suite 306A), St. John's (Suggested Donation: $10)

  • 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm - Exhale Pilates and Yoga Studio, 11 Rowan Street, St. John's

  • 8:30 pm - Moksha Yoga, 223-233 Duckworth Street, Suite 102, St. John’s (Suggested Donation: $10 for non members)

Admission is by donation, with proceeds going to YWCA St. John's. 

Check back frequently as more studios and details are added!

Celebrating Women's Leadership Series: Midwifery

Join us on November 20th as we discuss all things midwifery!

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This panel discussion will be moderated by the NL Provincial Midwifery Consultant, Gisela Becker and will include panelists such as: Ann Noseworthy, the president of the Association of Midwives of Newfoundland and Labrador, who also represents Newfoundland and Labrador on the Board of the Canadian Association of Midwives; Pearl Herbert, who was an instructor in the former Midwifery Program at Memorial University and was a co-ordinator of the Canadian Confederation of Midwives; and Fiona Cunningham, from Friends of Midwifery NL, who will speak to her lived experience using the services of a midwife. 

Light refreshments will be served. 

We hope to see you there!

2018 Women of Distinction Awards

The nominations for YWCA's 2018 Women of Distinction Awards are now open! The deadline to submit your nominations is December 1st, 2017. 

Before completing the application, all nominators should read the Nomination Package, which outlines the award categories, the nomination process, and important tips for creating a successful nomination. To review this package, please click here. 

To access the online application, please click here. Please note that you cannot save responses in this application without submitting. For this reason, we recommend that nominators complete a draft of the nomination form in this Application Template so that progress can be saved over time. While all nominations are to be submitted online through the link above, this document can be used as a tool to prepare responses before completing the online submission. 

In addition to completing the online form, nominators must forward the following two documents via e-mail to

1.      A recent, high resolution photo of the nominee (note: please submit a close-range photo where the nominee’s face is clearly visible)

2.      The WOD Nominee Consent Form signed by your nominee

Interested in supporting these awards as a sponsor? Check out this link to our 2018 Sponsorship Package

The prestigious Women of Distinction Awards are presented annually by YWCA's across Canada to celebrate the achievements of women and provide a platform to share their stories in a way that empowers, inspires, and motivates others to learn, achieve, and participate. Within their respective domains, these women have inspired and empowered others by breaking barriers, overcoming obstacles, and meeting challenges to make a difference in the lives of others. YWCA St. John's fourth annual Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony will take place on March 8th, 2018 at Clovelly Golf Course (100 Golf Course Road, St. John's). 

Young Women's Leadership Program 2017: Now Accepting Applications!

YWCA St. John's is thrilled to be facilitating our 4th annual, Young Women's Leadership Program! 

This FREE, 2-day program is open to all women and gender non-conforming youth between the ages of 16-19. YWLP will be taking place August 14th and 15th at the Housing and Homelessness Network, 77 Charter Avenue. This location is accessible and there are gender neutral washrooms on site. 

To register, fill out THIS APPLICATION. Applications will be accepted until July 31st.

Have questions? Feel free to contact Programming Assistant Elizabeth Tuck at 726-9922 0r Program Coordinator Deanne Howlett at 726-9922

Host a Party of 10!

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Party and support YWCA!

Are you ready to party?

YWCA St. John's is thrilled to be partnering with Piatto Pizzeria and Enoteca to bring to you our second annual Party of 10!

What is Party of 10? 
Party of 10 is a fundraising initiative where you get to party and support YWCA St. John's at the same time!

How does it work? 
Host a party between July 1st and August 31st and invite at least ten friends who agree to donate a minimum of $20 to YWCA.

What do you win?
The host whose guests raise the most money for YWCA St. John's will win a night out for them and their guests at Piatto Pizzeria! This includes gift certificates for five free pizzas of your choice.

How do I participate? 
To host a party, please e-mail your intent to Elizabeth Tuck, Programming Assistant at All inquiries may be made to the same address.

Don't forget to use #YWpartyof10 on social media!

What are you waiting for? Get partying!


Power of Being a Girl and Strength in Being a Boy Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for YWCA St. John's Power of Being a Girl and Strength in Being a Boy conferences!

Each year in October, YWCA St. John's holds two empowerment-based conferences for youth - Power of Being a Girl™ and Strength in Being a Boy™. Emphasizing violence prevention, the conferences respond to the needs of the community with this years workshops focusing on healthy relationships and consent, gender stereotypes, and the impact of media and social media. These conferences provide fun and safe learning environments that foster opportunities for youth to engage in character-building activities and learn decision-making skills.

Where: The Gathering Place, 172 Military Road

When: Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 9:30 am to 3:15 pm (registration starts at 9:00 am) 

The conferences are FREE of charge and are open to youth ages 12 to 15. Preregistration required and closes on October 12; limited number of spaces of available. To access the preregistration form, please click here

Have questions? Contact Deanne at 726-YWCA (9922) or at 

Women of Distinction Awards 2017

The nominations for YWCA's 2017 Women of Distinction Awards are now open! The deadline to submit your nominations is October 31st, 2016.

Our annual Women of Distinction Awards are designed to celebrate the achievements of women and give them a platform to share their stories in a way that empowers, inspires and motivates others to learn, achieve and participate.

To see a list and description of the eight award categories, please click here. 

If you wish to nominate a woman for one of the Women of Distinction Awards, please find our online nomination form here. We recommend that nominators complete a draft of the nomination for in a Word Document (or something of that equivalent) so that progress can be saved over time. This document is meant to serve as a reference to those wishing to complete a nomination for Women of Distinction Awards 2017, and to assist Nominators in preparing responses before making the online submission. All nominations are to be submitted online through the link above. The same format and information are included in the online application, but this document may assist Nominators in preparing responses before making the online submission.

In addition to completing this form, nominators must forward the following two documents to 

  1. a recent, high resolution photo of the nominee
  2. The WOD Nominee Consent Form signed by your nominee

We look forward to reading your nominations and meeting this years Women of Distinction in the coming months.

Do you know a local businessperson who you could encourage to consider sponsorship of YWCA's 2017 Women of Distinction Awards?  Sponsorship of this event presents businesses with a positive public corporate image through a commitment to recognizing the achievements of women in our community.  Corporate sponsorship aligns your business with this nationally trademarked event which is promoted by YWCA Canada, our country’s oldest and largest women's multi-service agency.  Most importantly, sponsorships support YWCA's ongoing vision of creating a community where all girls and women are safe, supported and empowered.  Full details on the sponsorship opportunities available can be found in our sponsorship package, which you'll find here.

Party of 10!

YWCA St. John's is excited to be promoting a new and unique way to help support our organization! Interested in hosting a Party of Ten? Here's how it works: First, email us to sign up to host your own "Party of Ten".  Next, choose a party theme (a barbecue, Mexican night, potluck, movie night, house concert - anything!). Then, invite at least ten friends who agree to contribute a minimum of $20 to YWCA. Finally, host your party and remind your guests to make their contributions. The party that generates the most money will win a night out at Piatto consisting of five free pizzas! 

We are asking supporters to let us know by Friday, August 26 if they plan to host a party, however, parties can take place any time between August 10 and September 30.  For more information, or to sign up to host your Party of Ten, please e-mail We will provide all the information you need including a draft invitation, party tip sheet, and other tools which you may want to use at your party. We can also provide some information about YWCA for you to present to your guests.

As you may know, YWCA St. John's receives no core funding. We rely on project funding, grants, fundraising and donations to support our programs. All funds raised through this initiative will support our vision of creating a community where girls are women are safe, supported, and empowered. 

Young Women's Leadership Program

YWCA St. John's is happy to announce that we are facilitating a FREE Young Women's Leadership Program on August 26th and 27th! If you identify as a woman and are between the ages of 16 and 19, YWCA St. John’s invites you to participate in the Young Women’s Leadership Program. 

The purpose of this program is to ensure that leadership for young women is given attention and action in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. YWCA's Young Women's Leadership Program aims to equip young women with the required tools to exercise their leadership abilities with peers in their communities.  

Interested in participating in the Young Women's Leadership Program? To be considered, simply fill out this application.
Applications will be accepted until August 3rd, 2016. Due to limited resources, we cannot guarantee that everyone who applies will be accepted to participate for the training in August 2016.
Have questions? Feel free to contact Mona Shannir (726-9922/ or Deanne Howlett (726-9922/ 
Feel free to share this with young women who may be interested in this opportunity.

English Conversation Practice Circle

YWCA St John's, in partnership with Multicultural Women's Organization of Newfoundland and Labrador - MWONL, will be hosting English Conversation Practice Circle sessions on Thursday nights from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM. The aim of these sessions is to empower women and support participants in increasing leadership skills and reaching language goals. 

These sessions will be held at MWONL Office on 44 Torbay Road and are free of charge. Please contact MWONL by phone (709-726-0321) or by e-mail ( to register. 

GirlSpace Registration

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for GirlSpace! 

GirlSpace is a Signature Turning Point Program offered by YWCA's across Canada. These five sessions will engage girls in learning about a variety of topics, allowing the opportunity for them to build on skills such as leadership, teamwork, self-reliance, increased independence, self-awareness, and positive self-esteem. 

This program will take place at Sobey's Community Room on Merrymetting Road, St. John's and will run on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM from July 20th to August 24th. This program is open to anyone who identifies as a girl and is between the ages of 12  and 15.

Registration closes on July 15th, 2016. To register, contact Jillian via phone (726-9922) or e-mail (