Women’s Business Network of Peterborough raises $10,380 for YWCA’s Crossroads Shelter

Proceeds from annual fundraising gala will support local women and children fleeing violence

On January 8, 2020 at the Holiday Inn Peterborough-Waterfront, Women's Business Network of Peterborough president Grace Reynolds (right) and program director Danielle McIver (middle) present a cheque for $10,380 to Ria Nicholson of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton for the organization's Crossroads Shelter for local women and children fleeing violence. (Photo courtesy of Women's Business Network of Peterborough)
On January 8, 2020 at the Holiday Inn Peterborough-Waterfront, Women's Business Network of Peterborough president Grace Reynolds (right) and program director Danielle McIver (middle) present a cheque for $10,380 to Ria Nicholson of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton for the organization's Crossroads Shelter for local women and children fleeing violence. (Photo courtesy of Women's Business Network of Peterborough)

The Women’s Business Network of Peterborough (WBN) has donated $10,380 to YWCA Peterborough Haliburton.

The funds were raised through the networking organization’s annual holiday gala held in December at The Mount Community Centre.

For more than 30 years, WBN has supported the YWCA Crossroads Shelter, a service that protects local women and their children from violence and abuse while providing them with the resources they need to rebuild their lives.

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“We are proud to partner with the YWCA for another year to raise funds for their Safe Nights Program,” says WBN program director Danielle McIver. “The work they do for women and children in our community is indispensable and we are always happy to work with them to raise awareness and money for this great local community initiative. Thank you to the generosity of our WBN members, guests, volunteers and local businesses for their support in making this gala a success.”

WBN revealed the final donation amount on Wednesday (January 8) at its monthly members’ meeting at the Holiday Inn Peterborough-Waterfront, where McIver and WBN president Grace Reynolds presented a cheque to Ria Nicholson, major gifts officer with the YWCA.

“The WBN’s immense compassion and dedication to women and children in the community continues to inspire us here at the YWCA, year after year,” Nicholson says. “Their combined efforts have helped make another 160 Safe Nights at YWCA Crossroads Shelter possible. On behalf of the women and children whose lives will be touched by this act of kindness, we extend our most heartfelt appreciation.”

The funds raised from the WBN Holiday Gala will support the YWCA’s Safe Night’s Sleep Program at Crossroads Shelter, which provides emergency shelter, meals, counselling and personal care supplies for women and children.

Last year, YWCA Crossroads Shelter and Haliburton Emergency Rural SafeSpace provided 9,171 safe nights for women and children. One safe night at YWCA Crossroads Shelter costs $45.96, typically beyond what government funding provides, and includes everything from the physical safety of a private room and 24-hour support, to nutritious meals, linens, clothing, and personal care items.

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WBN is a networking channel for women who wish to enhance and expand their business contacts and grow their businesses. Formed in 1961 as the Peterborough Chapter of the Canadian Advertising and Sales Association, the network has evolved into a dynamic and growing membership of women with diverse backgrounds and careers who meet to share their knowledge and experience and promote their businesses.

For more information about WBN and to read profiles of selected members, visit our special editorial section.

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