November 17, 2011 11:36 ET

YWCA of Calgary Hosts Inaugural 'WHYWHISPER' Gala

Former Governor General, the Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean will deliver the keynote speech at the YWCA of Calgary's first ever WHYWHISPER Gala

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 17, 2011) - The YWCA of Calgary is proud to announce the WHYWHISPER Gala, which will take place this evening at the TELUS Convention Centre. Honorary Chairs for the inaugural event include M. Ann McCaig and W. Brett Wilson. Keynote speaker for the evening will be former Governor General, the Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean, who is now UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti and Co-President of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation.

The WHYWHISPER Gala is intended to help draw attention to issues around domestic violence, homelessness and poverty, and to celebrate Calgarians who choose to stand up and speak out for those who have no voice. More specifically, the Gala is being held to raise funds to enable the YWCA of Calgary to be able to intervene when circumstances dictate; to empower women with new skills sets; and provide leadership opportunities to break the cycle in which they are vulnerable.

"We are so thankful for the overwhelming support received for our first annual WHYWHISPER Gala," said Sue Tomney, CEO of the YWCA of Calgary. "We look forward to an unforgettable evening with our distinguished keynote speaker the Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean who will highlight the importance of speaking up and speaking out on behalf of Calgary's most vulnerable women and children."

The YWCA of Calgary has been speaking up and speaking out for the city's most vulnerable for the past 100 years. The WHYWHISPER Gala will commence with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Following the formal programme the YWCA of Calgary will host a "Share Drive" asking audience members to commit to purchasing shares which represent "Intervention," "Empowerment" and "Leadership."

About the YWCA of Calgary

The YWCA of Calgary has been a vital piece of Calgary's social and economic fabric since 1910. On December 16, 2010 the organization celebrated 100 years of service to women and their children. Their long history in the community and their connection to YWCAs across the country and around the world has established their reputation as leaders working on behalf of Calgary's most vulnerable women and children. Breaking the cycles of domestic violence, poverty and homelessness are at the heart of their mission and mandate. The YWCA of Calgary represents one of the largest charities in the city, serving more than 12,000 Calgarians in 2010 alone.

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