Meet Elizabeth Clarke


Twitter: @ECatYW

Phone: 519-575-4404 x3402


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Elizabeth Clarke was appointed to Regional Council August 19, 2015. 

Elizabeth Clarke is the Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo, and has worked for the YWCA for the past 15 years.  She is a part-time Practicum Professor with Wilfrid Laurier University's Master of Social Work program, and has over 25 years' experience as a social worker and social work manager and administrator in the not-for-profit sector.

Elizabeth has a bachelor's degree in psychology and English, and a master's degree in social work, with a focus on social policy and administration.  She has completed Wilfrid Laurier University's post-graduate management and leadership certificate. 

Elizabeth has served on a number of voluntary committees and boards in our region and currently sits on the City of Kitchener's Safe and Healthy Communities Advisory Committee and the Region of Waterloo's Housing Stability System Advisory Committee.  She is a member of the Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo, a service organization of business and professional women.

Elizabeth is a recipient of Wilfrid Laurier University's Excellence in Social Work Teaching award, and she recently received the Community Housing Champion Award from the Region of Waterloo, in recognition of her years of service as a member of the Region's Housing Advisory Committee.  Elizabeth was honoured to receive the Queen's Jubilee Award for her work in advancing the physical and economic security of women and girls.


Elizabeth is married and has three adult sons

For the 2014-2018 term, Elizabeth has been appointed by Regional Council to the following Committees, Boards, project teams and other organizations: 

 Standing Committees

Advisory Committees/Other Appointments

 Administration & Finance Grand River Conservation Authority
 Community Services Heritage Planning
 Planning & Works Source Water Protection Liaison
 Budget Committee Transportation Master Plan
  Kitchener Wastewater Treatment Plan
  Wastewater Treatment Master Plan