Lifeguard, YM (Former Employee) – Kamloops, BC – 28 January 2018
The Y was a great place to work. I unfortunately had to leave due to a chronic illness at the time. The only downside was with human resources internally as they did not offer me an alternative position when I could no longer physically lifeguard. Other than that, I absolutely loved it there. The patrons were amazing and my coworkers became family.
Not enough support/prioritization of front-line workers
Women’s Advocate (Former Employee) – Niagara, ON – 21 January 2018
Emergency shelter Advocates work alone for 8-12 hour shifts with no set break times and are responsible for a house full of 20+ women in various states of crisis. Personal physical safety is realistically questionable, not to mention the mental and emotional concerns of such a stressful and pressured work environment. These concerns would be easily rectified by allocating greater funds and supports to front line workers to ensure that both the workers and the clients are actually the agencies top priority.
Casual Relief Worker/Receptionist (Former Employee) – Fort Smith, NT – 8 January 2018
Working with the staff of YCWA Sutherland was an great experience, I enjoyed working with the woman and children, daily. Scheduling activities, and getting to know one another was beneficial to being an employee, and gaining social skills.
Front Desk Clerk (Former Employee) – Thompson, MB – 1 January 2018
ywca is run like a hotel i would work midnight shifts i would answer phones book rooms clean lobby watch cameras and doors, i learnt during this job that i can learn anything in a short period of time, the management was great always there n understanding, the workplace though is in a rough area of town n the lock on the door was always broke so some nights felt very unsafe.the hardest part of the job was spelling the native names for me but i love to meet new people and you meet all kinds because it is a very busy place :)
Accounts Payable and Data Administrator (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 31 December 2017
People in YWCA are totally supportive and helpful. Workload is high but worths it. There is room for promotion and one can grow in different areas in YWCA. benefits are good. Management is nice. I think I was lucky that I had the opportunity to work with this amazing team.
A rewarding experience with incredible management and staff.
COUNSELLOR, LIFEGUARD (Former Employee) – Fallis, AB – 16 December 2017
A Typical day at work is 7:30am to 10:30pm at the summer camp. The hours are long, but it doesn't even feel like you're working. From start to finish you spend your day with children, and creating a magical experience at camp for them. You will run activities for the kids like zip-lining, stand up paddle boarding, canoeing, fire building, and many more. For adults its like being a kid again getting to do all these things, but also watching the kids have the time of their lives doing them is the best part. So the long hours aren't so long. You would work Sunday nights to Friday afternoons, where you would get scheduled breaks and time to yourself. The Management team is by far the most supportive and friendly team you could ask for. They will treat you like family, and make you want to push, to be the best version of yourself. The hardest part of the job will change for every person. Whether it's the long days, or always having to be in a positive mood, even during the rainy days. Or maybe it's the homesick kid that won't go to sleep, or a child who has trouble behaving. Regardless, the management team will help you to solve the problem. I've learnt a lot working there, its a once in a life time experience and everyones journey is different, I would recommend working there for self exploration, finding your strengths and weaknesses, and finding out what you are capable of.
Full accommodation during the week, unless you are from abroad then for the time you are working. physical activity, out in nature
Challenging work with women in crisis and homeless
Intake Crisis Worker (Former Employee) – Iqaluit, NU – 6 November 2017
this was a challenging job working with women that were in crisis due to personal problems and circumstances as well as others that were homeless for various reasons. work days may include contact with social services or RCMP for legal issues and matters. Work included counselling women with issues and problems, administration duties as required, cooking, cleaning.
Women's Advocate (Current Employee) – Niagara Falls, ON – 31 October 2017
There is no support from upper management. Advocates are made to look incompetent by management High turn over rate High burn out rate Movement within the company is soley based on favouritism and not qualifications. Low pay scale considering the expectations Unsafe working environment
working to help improve the lives of women and children
Woman's Advocate (Former Employee) – Niagara Falls, ON – 23 October 2017
The YWCA is a shelter for women , primarily coming from an abusive home environment. A typical day at work involved intake of guests , including registration. Meal preparation, general cleaning and maintenance and cleaning of rooms and general areas and providing support and counselling to those in need. The management at the time of my employment there was wonderful. She really sincerely cared about helping the women who came into the shelter. The hardest part of the job was trying to assist these women and children without becoming personally involved or attached. Often times these families would be with us for months so it was sometimes hard to not become personally invested in them. The most enjoyable part of the job was watching them gain their composure and strength and getting back on their feet again , finding new accomodations and starting a new life for themselves, and sometimes their children.
Feeling like you made a difference in someone else's life
i substituted a class teaching a group of foreign ladies English language . Only english was allowed during the course . Interacting & following up on their learning process was interesting & fulfilling .
Women's Advocate (Former Employee) – Niagara Falls, ON – 29 September 2017
The YWCA has great supports for individuals in need; staff is friendly but job security has been and is a big issue. Management should give more positive feed back to staff as it would help them to be more confident in there position
Full-time Residential Counselor (Former Employee) – Hamilton, ON – 28 September 2017
The YWCA is an amazing place to be employed. This agency thinks of all involved the staffs needs, the individuals needs, involvement of the family. Staff is offered updated training on an ongoing basis.