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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Elisabeth Zimmermann

Executive Director, YWCA Niagara Region       | 2021 Excellence in Non-Profit Award Finalist


Elisabeth has worked for over 25 years in the non-profit human services sector. For the last 15 years she has served as Executive Director of the YWCA Niagara Region, a non-profit organization working with homeless women and their families to provide 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-focused lens among community and government agencies.

Elisabeth is a member of the 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. In 2014, Elisabeth won the Women in Business Award for her community spirit.

A feminist at heart, Elisabeth believes that equity needs to be more than just a word in a mission statement.