The YWCA Quebec promotes well-being, safety and the development of full potential of all women and girls.
As a leader in its community and a true living environment, the YWCA Québec contributes to a diverse, inclusive and egalitarian society to which all women and girls can contribute participate fully.
In order to achieve its mission and pursue its vision, the YWCA Quebec embraces the following values:
Respect is firmly rooted in our culture and is part of our DNA. Beyond of an attitude of listening and welcoming, respecting the other is to show openness and of benevolence in all circumstances.
Solidarity is the essence of our mission. We believe that this moral obligation of mutual assistance between people is the premise for a better, more just society and more egalitarian.
Our team and volunteers are committed and mobilized to serve the mission of the organization. We are actively involved in providing our community with services that meet the needs of our various clients.
Openness to the world, to others and to the diversity of opinions is at the heart of our commitment and is reflected in our welcome, our policies and our actions.
Collaboration is at the heart of what we do. It colors all relationships that we build with our clients, funders and organizations to ensure the sustainability of our of the middle. It is this relationship of trust between true partners that is the foundation of the organization and it is on this collaboration that its development is built.
For nearly 150 years, the YWCA Quebec has been at the forefront of a gender equity movement that has evolved through the ages. Unconditional welcome has guided its services since its founding and safe and equitable inclusion for all is part of this tradition. With this in mind, in 2019 we have begun an EDI (Equity Diversity and Inclusion) capacity building process to ensure that we bring our values to life in every action we take both inside and outside the Y. The entire capacity building process invites the Y to diversify its human resources by positioning itself in favor of an open and inclusive society.
From these reflections on our values and practices, a Practice Framework to the large team of the YWCA of Québec in order to mark out the orientations and the actions to come. It proposes to adopt a common language, while valuing the pleasure of questioning our certainties. This framework is intended to highlight the singularities and specific needs of historically marginalized people, whether they are employees, volunteers or users, and should be revisited regularly to allow for an evolution of practices.
The guiding principles outlined in this framework of practice lead us to strive for an ideal. Today we want to make it available to everyone because we believe it can drive beautiful conversation and foster a more inclusive world.
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