YWCA Moncton Launches its First Capital Campaign: TransitionELLE

26 June 2015
Moncton, N.B., June 26, 2015 — YWCA Moncton has announced the official launch of its first ever capital campaign: TransitionElle
The TransitionElle capital campaign will raise $1.85 million to create the new Jean E.S. Irving YW Centre for Women and Children, a $3 million reconstruction project. This facility, located at 135 Kendra Street in the City of Moncton’s Mapleton Power Centre area, was a former residence for retired priests. Following renovations beginning this summer, it will become the new home for YWCA Moncton programs and services including its new 15-unit housing program for young mothers and their children.
“This project is the culmination of decades of service in the Greater Moncton area,” states Jewell Mitchell, Executive Director of YWCA Moncton.  “This new facility will bring the full breadth of YWCA programs and services together under one roof while at the same time provide transitional housing and support services to one of the most vulnerable populations in our community – pregnant and parenting young women and their children.  It will usher in a new era of service delivery for us in the community.”
Robert Irving, CEO of J.D. Irving Limited, announced the company’s lead contribution of $500,000 to name the new facility in honour of his mother Mrs. Jean E.S. Irving, citing her longstanding dedication to women and families throughout the Province of New Brunswick.

"YWCA Moncton has provided a century of care, support, programs and services for women and their families in the Greater Moncton community. We're here today to assist them in helping even more people in more ways in the years and decades to come," said Mrs. Irving. "Like the YWCA, my mother has been dedicated to helping women and their families in New Brunswick throughout her lifetime. The Jean E.S Irving YW Centre for Women and Children will be a safe and nurturing home for young women and their families."

Julie McKenna, Honourary Co-Chair of the campaign with her son James McKenna, announced their families’ contribution of $250,000 to fund the Women’s Training and Leadership Center component of the project.  “We all have times in our lives when we need help. This is our opportunity to help young women, who have nowhere else to turn, realize a future full of possibilities,” says Mrs. McKenna.  “With support such as access to safe housing, quality child care, education and life-skills training, these young women will be given the tools they need to create a better life for themselves and their children.”

The TransitionElle capital campaign, co-chaired by Cécile Maillet-Losier and James Lockyer, has already raised over $1 million for the project. The campaign cabinet, made up of leadership teams of families from the community, will continue their fundraising efforts in the coming months.  The public is invited to support the project by visiting ywcamoncton.com.
“We are thrilled with the very positive response we’ve received from our campaign to date,” says Jewell Mitchell. “This project will open doors for women and their children that were previously closed.  So many people, volunteers and donors, have come together to support this important project that will break the cycle of intergenerational poverty in our community.”

For additional information, contact:
Marisa Piccini, Fund Development Manager, YWCA Moncton
(506) 858-7224 | mpiccini@ywcamoncton.com


- YWCA Moncton