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2023 YWCA Halifax Annual General Meeting: Growing Together

September 27, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Photograph: Joel Muniz, UnSplash

2023 Annual General Meeting Package Files:


Annual Report

Draft Financial Statements

Minutes from 2022 AGM

Notice of Slate

Join us for the YWCA Halifax Annual General Meeting, where we’ll gather to reflect on the past year and discuss exciting plans for the future! This in-person event will take place at the Saint Mary’s Boat Club. We invite all members, supporters, and friends to participate in the conversation. We will hear from Dalhousie Researcher Dr. Shanon Phelan. Dr. Phelan’s research program focuses on understanding and improving opportunities for inclusion, belonging, and voice for children and youth who experience disability and their families. Join us and learn more about our essential work at YWCA Halifax. See you there!

About our Speakers:

Presentation Title:

Pursuing Inclusion in Early Learning & Childcare: Stories from Mothers of Children Experiencing Disability


Accessible and inclusive early learning and childcare is critical to the goal of promoting full participation of children who experience disability, their parents, and families in cultural life. In this session, we will present the findings from our research with parents of children experiencing disability and stakeholders from the early childhood sector in Nova Scotia. We will highlight barriers and facilitators to access and inclusion, focusing on the invisible work mothers do in pursuing early learning and childcare for their children experiencing disability. In closing, we will discuss the next steps in our research plan and some key considerations for policy and practice to actively promote disability-affirming inclusive practices and relationships in the early childhood sector.


Dr. Shanon Phelan, is an Associate Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health, is cross appointed to the Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, at

Dalhousie University, and is an Affiliate Scientist at the IWK. Shanon’s research aims to understand and improve inclusion, belonging, and well-being for children and youth who experience disability and their families.

Colleen Diggins an occupational therapist at the IWK with over 20 years of experience in pediatrics. She recently completed her MSc Occupational Science degree through the School of Occupational Therapy, Dalhousie University. Colleen’s Master’s research focused on understanding the invisible work mothers do in pursuit of inclusive early learning and childcare for their children who experience disability.

** Important Notice About the Venue **

St Mary’s Boat Club

Address: 1641 Fairfield Road, Halifax, NS, B3H 4E8DETOUR NOTE: CN Bridges Rehabilitation Project has closed the bridge on Jubilee Road. It is closed to all vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians. Access to the neighbourhood, including the St Mary’s Boat Club, is available from Quinpool Road via Prince Arthur Street. Click here for more information and an updated map of the detour.



September 27, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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