Blog: community

Leadership for a change with Dr Clara Soo and Isabel Mudford
17 March 2021

She Leads In-Conversation events connect Canberrans with inspiring and diverse leaders, sharing their leadership journey, insights and advice for emerging leaders.   Dr Clara Tuck Meng Soo is a GP whose practice is grounded in her values. She has a 30+ year history of providing accessible healthcare to some of the most marginalised communities in Canberra, including those in the […]

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Leadership from self-care with Heidi Prowse
10 March 2021

On 2 March 2021, local emerging and established women leaders gathered to attend YWCA Canberra’s first She Leads Workshop of 2021: Resilience and Mental Agility in the time of COVID-19 with Heidi Prowse. The session began with a story of resilience, preservation, and stress: Heidi’s own story about how her husband was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, […]

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Redefining ‘normal’ in a post-COVID world
13 July 2020

In this time of COVID-19, there is no question that many of us now lead very different lives than what we are used to. From issues of mass job loss, increased mental health problems, and financial instability, it is evident the virus has affected us all in more ways than one. But as we begin […]

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Five minutes with Mikaela Danvers
20 November 2019

Mikaela Danvers is a design educator, lecturer and researcher with specialist skills in teaching business fundamentals, goal setting, strategic planning, and building a brand. Founder of The Makers Collective, Mikaela brings learned knowledge and experience to the world of makers looking to turn their hobby into a business. The practical skills taught within her online school, The […]

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Ending homelessness in the ACT
29 July 2019

Last week YWCA Canberra’s CEO, Frances Crimmins participated in the TEDxCanberra Salon event, “No Place Like Home”. The event focused on why the ‘home’ is integral to human security, a functioning society, and overall health and well-being. It also explored what the concept of home means to different people from different walks of life. The […]

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Innovation in Housing Typology
13 June 2019

This week YWCA Canberra’s CEO, Frances Crimmins participated in the Property Council ACT’s event, “Innovation in Housing Typology”. The event focused on affordable housing in the ACT and new models to ensure all Canberrans have an appropriate, affordable and safe place to call home. The below article is an excerpt from Frances’ presentation, which followed […]

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ACT Budget 2019-2020 – What you need to know
7 June 2019

While Chief Minister and Treasurer, Andrew Barr used the 2019-2020 ACT Budget to remind us that local economic growth continues to be strong, Canberra remains one of the most expensive cities in which to rent, particularly for those on low incomes or social security payments. For many Canberrans, public and social housing are the only […]

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What comes after #MyMum – Preventing homelessness amongst Australia’s older women
15 May 2019

You’d have to be a neophyte in the ways of social media and online news to have avoided the hashtag #MyMum over the last week. Sparked by a comments made by the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in relation to his late mother and the intellectual pursuits she delayed in order to singlehandedly raise her young family, #MyMum spontaneously galvanised users who paid tribute to their mothers and grandmothers who […]

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Together, We Can – International Women’s Day Mural Street Art Project
14 May 2019

In celebration of International Women’s Day this year, YWCA Canberra had the opportunity to work with Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS), Lanyon High students, local talented artists Bohie Palecek, Faith Kerehona and young trailblazing community leaders, Dhani Gilbert and Caitlin Figueiredo, to create two separate murals located on the Centre Point building in Garema […]

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Young Women Transforming Power Structures: Great Ydeas Innovation Breakfast
18 April 2019

On Wednesday 10 April, YWCA Canberra welcomed over 120 people at Ainslie Football Club for the 2019 Great Ydeas Innovation Breakfast. The Breakfast was not only a fundraiser for our housing initiatives but an announcement of the 2019 Great Ydeas Small Grants Recipients and a celebration of World YWCA Day. World YWCA Day (held on […]

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