RELEASE - Thompson YWCA COVID-19 Outbreak Update - Contingency Plan in Effect – What’s Open and What’s Not

(Thompson MB - Oct 16, 2020) A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared and remains in effect at the YWCA in Thompson in an effort to stop any further spread of the virus at the facility. The public heath investigation has identified that the risk to short-term stay residents is low, however, out of an abundance of caution, public health has recommended self monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms to anyone who stayed at the YWCA between October 4 - 14, 2020.

“We thank the public and our partners for their outpouring of support during this challenging time,” Executive Director Kim Hickes said. “The outbreak is contained on the third floor and it’s important for the public to know that we are maintaining our operations in the rest of the building as best we can.”

The Y’s Shelter in Place Program (SHIPP) operates from the third floor. The program is self-contained on the third floor of the YWCA: program participants access the building through the separate entrance, and interactions with staff and clients outside of this program are extremely limited. Visitor access has been restricted as a result.

The SHIPP initiative was developed earlier this year to address concerns over COVID-19 and Thompson’s homeless residents.

Public Health staff from the Northern Health Region are conducting contact tracing and are supervising the staff and clients currently in isolation.

“We really need a community effort to support the Y and its operations as they work with health officials to contain and address this outbreak,” YWCA Board President Charlene Lafreniere said. “Kindness and understanding go a long way at a time like this and we know if we work together as Northerners, we can beat this.”

Kim Hickes, Executive Director YWCA

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About the YWCA Thompson

For nearly 45 years, we have been making a positive difference by promoting a strong presence of women, by improving economic situations for individuals, by equipping individuals to make informed choices, and by making Thompson a safe community for women and children.

The YWCA of Thompson is a registered non-profit charitable organization first incorporated in 1970 as a medical receiving home for northern women and children. In the 1980s, in response to a growing need, we began offering education and life skills training for  adults re-entering the workforce. We continued to offer short-term residence for women and children. In 2007, we revised our policy to allow men the opportunity to find shelter within its residence.

Today, our Residence/Hostel provides both daily and long-term accommodations to those who require safe housing and hostel living. We continue to offer programs for both men and women, to expand their education and life skills training. Our most recent venture was to open the Y’s Women’s Centre to assist women and their children and girls.


A world where women and girls are equal, safe, empowered and valued.


To achieve equality for all women and girls in northern Manitoba and beyond, through advocacy, innovative programming and dynamic leadership.

And to eliminate barriers that prevent equity-seeking groups from reaching their full potential.


             We believe in:

Fairness and equality for all women and girls;

Honouring and respecting differences and diversity;

Empowering people to achieve their potential;

Women and girls that live free from violence;

The importance of women's perspectives in shaping society's direction;

The bond of women and girls worldwide through their struggle for equity and equality;

Promoting overall well-being of individuals, families and communities;

                 Supporting women in their right to inspire and direct their own lives;

Acknowledging the historic and ongoing injustices of Indigenous peoples and the commitment to the work of redress and reconciliation;

Creating leaders through mentorship and recognition; 

Working collaboratively through community partnerships;

Innovation and responsiveness in addressing service gaps in the community; and

Accountability, transparency and conducting ourselves with integrity. 


1. Advancing fundamental rights and freedoms;

2. Maximizing organizational impact;

3. Realizing women's and girls' leadership potential; and

4. Eliminating violence against women and girls and safety and security for all.

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