Elisabeth Zimmermann has worked for over twenty-five years in the non-profit human services sector, the last 15 years, as Executive Director of the YWCA Niagara Region, a non-profit organization working with homeless women and their families providing emergency shelter, transitional supported housing, ongoing support services and advocacy.
Her deep understanding of the importance of addressing the issues of poverty, and the need for quality support systems to minimize the long-term impact of systemic inequalities, has positioned the YWCA Niagara Region as a leader in addressing barriers with a women’s focussed-lens among community and government agencies.
Elisabeth’s expertise in the areas of poverty and homelessness is sought out and she is actively involved in committees throughout the Niagara Region to help raise awareness and implement change. Sharing her perspective, Elisabeth is a member of Brock University Board of Trustees; Niagara Health Board of Trustees; Housing and Homelessness Action Plan Task Force; Non-Profit Council for Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC); and Government Advisory Council for GNCC.
A valued guest speaker, Elisabeth has worked hard to raise awareness around the issues of poverty and its impact specific to women and children. She believes in the importance of bringing to the forefront the need for action on the part of the government at all levels in addressing poverty and has been an active partner in drafting and carrying out the Region’s Housing and Homelessness Plan.
Elisabeth brings passion to everything she does and as a native of the Niagara Region, she has a strong connection within the community and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Niagara residents.