Blog: Great Ydeas

Edna Ryan Award wins for Y Canberra women
25 October 2016

We’re lucky to have countless incredible women leaders in our YWCA Canberra networks. Three of those women recently received Edna Ryan Awards, in recognition of their work to advance the status of women. YWCA Canberra Board Director and Founder of Cooking Circles, Heidi Zajac, and co-founders of womenCANplay, Hannah Massingham and Billi McCarthy-Price, were honoured […]

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The year in review – Frances Crimmins, Executive Director, YWCA Canberra
12 October 2016

  Our 2016 AGM was held on Monday 10 October, bringing together more than 80 members, staff and friends to celebrate our achievements, and elect new board members. I’m pleased to share with you some of our key areas of impact, and highlights from the 2015-16 year, which you can find out more about in […]

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Great Ydeas Australian Catholic Superannuation poster

Enrichment through empowerment – Australian Catholic Super
15 March 2016

YWCA Canberra’s Great Ydeas Small Grants provide funds to local women and girls to pursue a professional development opportunity, pilot a project, kick-start a business idea, or address a need in the community. This year, YWCA Canberra has partnered with the Australian Catholic Superannuation & Retirement Fund to provide the first ever Australian Catholic Superannuation Great Ydeas Enrichment Grant. The […]

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Cooking Circles: a Great Ydea
8 March 2016

Great Ydeas is YWCA Canberra’s small grants program, providing up to $2,000 to women to help kickstart a great idea for a business, community development project, or to support professional development or education and training opportunities. Applications are currently open for Great Ydeas, and we’ll be featuring some of our amazing past recipients over the next […]

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WomenCANPlay: a Great Ydea
1 March 2016

Great Ydeas is YWCA Canberra’s small grants program, providing up to $2,000 to women to help kickstart a great idea for a business, community development project, or to support professional development or education and training opportunities. Applications are currently open for Great Ydeas, and we’ll be featuring some of our amazing past recipients over the […]

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Two years of growth and achievments – For Purpose
15 January 2016

It’s hard to believe that almost two years have passed since I was lucky enough to be awarded a Great Ydeas Grant at YWCA Canberra’s Round the World Breakfast event in 2014, to pursue a pilot project called For Purpose. Like many Great Ydeas Grant recipients, my project has evolved and grown over time, and […]

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Chiara Grassia

Show Us Your Riffs: Making Noise At Girls Rock Camps
12 October 2015

Girls Rock camps are one of my favourite places to be. Within the span of one week, they create a place where girls are encouraged to help – rather than tear down – each other, take pride in their accomplishments, and express themselves without fear of judgement or embarrassment. This is a place where girls […]

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Blood, Sweat and Fears: Why I Travelled to Peru, and What It Taught Me
10 August 2015

One of the great secrets to not being disappointed with something is to have no expectations. I can’t say I ever dreamed of visiting Peru, or that Machu Picchu was on my bucket list; the South American continent has always been somewhere I hadn’t thought to visit. If you had told 17-year-old Rosie that in […]

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Kate Lundy inspires at Round The World Breakfast
7 May 2015

On Tuesday 21 April, we were excited to host our annual Round the World Breakfast to celebrate World YWCA Day, at The Lobby Restaurant in Parkes. World YWCA Day is recognised every year across 120 countries. The Round the World Breakfast provides an opportunity for YWCAs to come together to honour the contributions of women […]

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Working For Purpose
20 March 2015

The following is an abridged version of a speech given by Caterina to the Women in Information and Communication Breakfast Series in Canberra last week. I have to start by letting you all know that I’m not presenting to you on my own today. I am actually joined by ‘Blue’ who is all of 20-and-a-half-weeks […]

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