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Tuesday, November 20, 2018




Lethbridge, AB – More girls across Canada can access critical programs, thanks to a generous gift from Canadian Western Bank.
Nine YWCAs across the country will share a gift of $100,000 to support girl empowerment programs. For decades, YWCAs across Canada have been delivering pro-active, supportive programming to adolescent girls that build leadership, resilience, competencies, and connectedness to help them manage the unique and inequitable challenges they face.

“We recognize that diversity and inclusion are essential for strong communities and a prosperous economy,” says Stephen Murphy, Executive Vice President, Banking at Canadian Western Bank. “We’re proud to proactively ensure girls in our communities have ample opportunities to build the skills and confidence they need to create and achieve their life goals.”

The YWCA offers a suite of programs focused on empowering girls aged 10-24. These programs vary, from structured courses to drop-in groups and conferences. They all address the personal safety, economic security, mental health, and well-being of girls through learning and life skills development.

“The initiative to support not one, but nine programs across Canada is significant,” says Leslie Allen, YWCA Edmonton’s CEO. “All girls deserve a safe place to ask important questions, learn critical thinking skills, and support one another. These programs reduce the risk of violence in girls’ lives, improve their mental health, and set the stage for their development into strong, healthy leaders. Considering their interest in developing female leaders both inside and outside of their organization, Canadian Western Bank is a natural fit as our partner. We’re proud to work together to support girls across Canada when they need us most, giving them the opportunity to live healthy, productive lives.”

CWB’s contribution will fund YWCA programs in Calgary, Edmonton, Kamloops, Lethbridge, Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver and Vancouver Island.


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About CWB

CWB Financial Group (CWB) is a diversified financial services organization serving businesses and individuals across Canada. Operating from its headquarters in Edmonton, Alberta, CWB’s key business lines include full-service business and personal banking offered through multiple branch locations, including the CWB Virtual Branch, and online banking services provided by Motive Financial. Highly responsive specialized financing is delivered under the banners of CWB Equipment Financing, CWB National Leasing, CWB Maxium Financial, CWB Franchise Finance and CWB Optimum Mortgage. Trust Services are offered through Canadian Western Trust. Comprehensive wealth management offerings are provided through CWB Wealth Management, which includes the businesses of McLean & Partners Wealth Management and Canadian Western Financial. As a public company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), CWB trades under the symbols “CWB” (common shares), “CWB.PR.B” (Series 5 Preferred Shares) and “CWB.PR.C” (Series 7 Preferred Shares). Learn more at www.cwb.com.


About YWCA Lethbridge & District

Since 1949, YWCA Lethbridge & District has been committed to enhancing the lives of women with programs and services that empower them, support equality and promote wellness of mind, body and spirit. The organization works to achieve positive change in the lives of women and their families by providing strong leadership & mentoring opportunities for women and girls; advocating for women with government & other stakeholders; and through the delivery of programs & services that empower women and girls and promote social & economic well-being. Part of the global YWCA movement and Imagine Canada-certified, YWCA Lethbridge & District is open to women of all ages, cultures and beliefs and is committed to the value of every human being.


For more information, contact:

Jennifer Lepko, Chief Executive Officer
403-329-0088  |  ceo@ywcalethbridge.org