Saskatchewan Minister of Social Services and Minister for the Status of Women Tina Beaudry-Mellor travelled to Saskatoon Tuesday for visits with representatives of several major community based organizations, including YWCA Saskatoon’s Executive Director Shannon Zook.
The YWCA’s wrap-around supports were a major focus of the visit, as Minister Beaudry-Mellor toured spaces and met managers, staff and clients around the three-floor multi-service facility. She saw how the YWCA’s services to promote well-being for women and their families intersect within the organization and with many other agencies.
The tour began with Crisis Shelter and Residence Manager Kim Fisher, viewing the apartment-style facility for youth known as Margaret’s Place, the Turning Points second-stage housing, and the crisis shelter.
Beaudry-Mellor then met with Employment and Learning Manager Dawn Linnick to hear about the clients supported through the YWCA Job Search Program, and the early successes of the Trade Journey program participants.
The Minister toured the Child Development Centre with Manager Shumi Zaman, learned about the high demand for spaces at the facility, and the inclusion and special needs services for children that are provided there.
The afternoon concluded at YWCA Fitness on 25th with Manager Fred Dyck, observing a large group of MS participants working with the fitness trainers, and fitness programs tailored for seniors such as drop-in pickle ball and the gentle Aquafit program.