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YWCA Hamilton is proud to announce the graduation ceremony of twenty women from the Women In Skilled Trades Program (WIST). The graduation marks the end of a 12 month pre-apprenticeship and full-time trades placement training program for women looking to gain marketable skills for a career in Hamilton’s construction industry.

The program-led by the YWCA Hamilton in partnership with Mohawk College and Habitat for Humanity- assists women in overcoming barriers to employment by providing the opportunity to develop life and employability skills along with gaining educational components.  Program participants completed Level One Pre-Apprenticeship in General Carpentry with Mohawk College while gaining work experience with Habitat for Humanity making them qualified and experienced to successfully obtain employment and apprenticeships within the construction trades.

“We all came to this program with a common goal and the drive to achieve,” exclaimed one proud graduate, “I now have hope. I now have skills. Most importantly, I now have opportunities and options.”

Participants attended workshops on employability skills and were provided experience in the construction trades with Habitat for Humanity with their build of 2 – 4 Unit townhouse complexes in Hamilton’s North end.

The graduation took place on Monday June 27th at 2:00 pm in YWCA Hamilton’s Main office at 75 MacNab Street South. The YWCA Hamilton thanks the generous support from the Government of Ontario for this program.


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HAMILTON, June 3 –YWCA Hamilton is set to showcase ywcaEncore next week at the 6th World Conference on Breast Cancer. The conference attracts hundreds of breast cancer patients, survivors and professionals from around the world.

YWCA Hamilton is offering an interactive workshop on ywcaEncore – a uniquely tailored exercise program for break cancer survivors – to conference goers on June 9 at 4:00pm at the Hamilton Convention Centre.

Women are often reluctant to exercise after breast cancer. Immediately after treatment women experience variations of pain, fatigue and difficulty reaching overhead or lying on the affected side. Many women have questions and misconceptions about their physical capability for weightlifting and carrying objects.

ywcaEncore helps to rebuild muscle strength and flexibility, manage fatigue and offer a supportive environment. The goal is to restore women to their previous abilities and lifestyle such as reaching overhead, lifting groceries, driving or carrying a purse on the affected side. As noted by one class participant, “I can take on life – I’m back to normal.”

ywcaEncore was adopted at YWCA Hamilton in 2008 and receives funding from Soroptimist International of Dundas-Ancaster-Flamborough. For more information on the conference visit www.wcbcf.ca. For more information on ywcaEncore visit www.ywcahamilton.org

YWCA Hamilton is a women-led, service organization supporting individuals through health and wellness programs for women, families, seniors and people with special needs. We advocate for the improved status of women locally and through our affiliation with YWCA Canada and the World YWCA.