Request for Proposal

The YWCA Halifax is inviting proposals from qualified applicants to support and promote the inclusion of people who identify as transgender/gender non-comforming by reviewing and working together to develop our programs and policies. 

A Statement From Our Executive Director

It’s been a week since the Nova Scotia shootings.  A week of grief, mourning, and remembering.   

In the days and weeks ahead, as we attempt to make sense of this attack, we also remember that there are many who are still mourning.   Each of the 22 victims had those who loved them dearly, and we keep their grief in focus as we engage in the difficult conversations that will follow.   

We at YWCA Halifax, along with many others, suspected this event may be rooted in violence against women.  We already know that the men in Toronto’s van murders and the Montreal Polytechnique shootings were both fueled by misogyny.  As details have emerged, our suspicions about the Nova Scotia shooter were confirmed.

Gender-based violence has a deep impact on everyone in our communities.  Women and trans people who are victims and survivors are most affected.  But men who are caught in the cross-hairs, parents who lose their sons and daughters, and children who lose their mothers, are also affected.  In a recent meeting with a high level civil servant with the federal government about the importance of women’s housing, he shared that he was intimately aware of this issue as he had watched his mother suffer at the hand of his father and that they had been uprooted and homeless as they fled for safety.

The rage against women that is realized in this type of staggering violence is enough to rock our province and our nation off our feet.  Our sense of security is uprooted.  The emergency alerts at the end of last week revealed just how wounded we have all become.

Many of the staff and volunteers at YWCA Halifax who walk alongside women and girls have also been unmoored.  We’re thankful for the team at Fire Inside for facilitating debrief sessions for our team.  For us, we are taking care of our people so that YWCA Halifax can continue to stand alongside victims of violence and their families, just as we have for almost 145 years.  And we will also continue to work with boys on cyberviolence, with employers on workplace culture, and to be a strong voice on this issue.

We invite all Nova Scotians to join us, and the many agencies, activists, journalists and citizens who tirelessly advocate for the structural and cultural changes required to eliminate gender-based violence.  There are many resources in our communities.  If you don’t know where to begin, call us.  We continue to serve during the pandemic. 

In solidarity,

Miia Suokonautio and the YWCA Halifax team


Before and After School Program

High quality and affordable before and after school program offered at Rockingstone Heights School. Provided by the YWCA Halifax Early Learning Centre.

Beginning: January 2020

Hours: 7:30 am to 8:30 am & 2:50 pm to 5:30 pm

Contact: Kerri Johnson, Director of Early Learning & Childcare

902-423-6162 x 5211 or

Homes for the Holidays

Stay Home with Us on December 4, 2020!

Come experience the holiday transformation of three beautifully decorated homes virtually!


Why Are We Staying Home For The Holidays This Year? 

Each year we feature an event called, Homes for the Holidays. This event is an important part of our fundraising activities. Funds raised from Homes for the Holidays support the essential work YWCA Halifax does all year long; build economic security, promote wellness and create opportunities for women, girls and their families.

Given the current realities of the pandemic, and the need to move our event experience online, we have developed a virtual tour as well as an exclusive curated, custom box that feature products from businesses owned by local female entrepreneurs. There will be a limited supply of the curated boxes available as an additional way for us to secure the funds needed to execute our programs and services all year long.



Each year Homes For The Holidays – A Holiday Home Tour, brings together local designers, community volunteers and retailers to decorate three beautiful homes graciously loaned to us by local homeowners for this annual fundraiser.

The decorated homes are opened to the public with the purchase of a ticket, giving tour participants some holiday inspiration for their own homes. Not only does this event spark the magic of the holidays it carries that spirit throughout the year as all funds raised go towards the programs and services supported by the YWCA Halifax.



VIRTUAL TOUR DATE: Friday, December 4, 2020, 7 pm



$25 Available online soon

Prior to the event a password and link will be sent to all ticket holders.

We encourage you to grab some bubbly and appetizers, gather in small groups to enjoy this special production in support of YWCA Halifax.



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We require many volunteers to make this event a success. The following positions are available:

  • Packaging Volunteers
  • Delivery Volunteers

Each volunteer gets a FREE ticket to our virtual tours!

Sign-up: coming soon. 

Still, have questions? Contact us today at



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