Are you interested in sharing your energy, enthusiasm and experience with the Women’s House? It’s this type of community support which ensures continuation of our mission, vision and philosophy and ultimately our programs and services.
Selection Criteria for Board Members
Persons who wish to become Board Members of the Women’s House should:
- Be interested in the issue of family violence.
- Believe that there is a need to provide a safe place where women and children can go to escape family violence.
- Believe that there is a need in Bruce County for a shelter.
- Be interested in helping to prevent family violence through education in the community.
- Be interested in actively participating in Board activities and be willing to participate on some committees.
- Be willing to commit for at least three hours per month.
- Be eager to work with a group of dedicated people, which includes members, management and staff of Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey to keep the shelter going and to give the best service we can to those women and children who need these services.
- Be willing to commit for at least a three year term.
P.O Box 760
Or Call: 1-519-396-9814, ext 227
Our Current Board of Directors
Tracy Primeau, Chair
Tracy is a Shift Manager at Bruce Power and previous board chair and member of the Women’s House board for many years. Tracy is the first female Authorized Nuclear Operator at BRUCE A and the first female Shift Manager to come from the operator ranks. Tracy is a Kincardine Bulldogs executive member and proud mother of two feminist men. Tracy has been the writer of Between the Covers for the Marketplace for the past 20 years and is the current chair of WiN (Women in Nuclear) BRUCE and member of WiN Canada executive. Tracy is a definite mentor to many young women and men in leadership roles.
Meag Durkin, Vice Chair
Meag has been a feminist for as long as she can remember. She and her partner moved to Bruce county in 2017 to open a microbrewery in vibrant lakeside downtown Kincardine. In her late 20s, Meag left her job in purchasing and sales to pursue a second career through the Niagara College Brewmaster program. Working in a male dominated field has only served to reinforce her interests in gender equality and issues predominantly facing women in social services, employment, education, and health. Past volunteer work includes political engagement, organizing with progressive candidates and in political organizations, and advocacy through a University Women’s Resource Center.
Rachel Stack, Secretary
Rachel has a strong feminist background with her studies in Fertility Law and the understanding gained about gender inequality and the disadvantages women still experience because they are female. As well as her skills in law and policy development, she also is experienced in governance, performance measurement, business, strategic thinking and planning, social services and risk management.
Amanda Friesen, Board Treasurer
Amanda is returning to the board after previously serving on the Women’s House board for 6 years, and recently taking 1 year off. She was an active member of the finance committee and the Board Treasurer. She is looking forward to taking on the role of Treasurer once more. Amanda is looking forward to coming back and helping the women and children of Bruce and Grey Counties.
Colleen is the Owner, general Manager and Director of Care at the Tiverton Park Manor. Colleen has been a registered Nurse since 1974 in varied settings including aboriginal communities, and most of her career was spent as an Emergency Department RN. Colleen was instrumental in establishing a program which put a dedicated and trained team of medical professionals together whenever an abused woman came to the emergency room. This was to ensure that she received not only the medical treatment required but was provided counselling and services to meet her needs.
Joanna spent many years volunteering for various sporting activities her children were involved in. She also volunteered whenever she could at their public school, including a term as school advisory council chair.
The years she spent working in municipal government gave her experience in writing by-laws, agendas, policies and procedures. She has also been involved with accessibility requirements giving her knowledge and understanding she hopes to be able to contribute to WHSBG. With a degree in Sociology and a diploma in Human Resource Management, as well as a strong desire to give back to her community, Joanna is excited about the opportunity to be involved with WHSBG and is looking forward to the experience.
Gavin is a retired Technology Sales Executive from Toronto. Since moving to Bruce County six years ago, Gavin has been managing small residential projects and supporting local charities through his not-for-profit catering company, Dice Inc. Gavin will bring to Women’s House a career of marketing, sales and strategic planning.
Originally from Toronto, Gretel moved to Kincardine 5 years ago with her partner to enjoy the vibrancy and serenity of country living. As an engineer and business professional, Gretel has been working in the nuclear industry for over 10 years in various leadership roles ranging from engineering, commercial and project management. Gretel strongly believes in diversity, inclusion and in supporting individuals achieve their true potential. She is excited to support Women’s House to achieve its vision of a society where everyone is respected and valued as individuals.
So many women in our own community experience multiple vulnerabilities including gender-based violence, trauma, chronic mental and physical health challenges, homelessness or housing instability, substance use, and extreme poverty. Judy is serving on the Women’s House board because she is inspired by the tremendous leadership on the board as well as the very diligent staff. Judy is also drawn by the core vision of the organization and believes that being a part of the board will enable her to give of herself in a meaningful way while working toward the shared goal of raising the awareness of and breaking the cycle of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Judy brings to the table her experience serving on boards and committees including Western Ontario Therapeutic Community Hostel (now Canadian Mental Health Association), My Sister’s Place, Ronald McDonald’s House Southwestern Ontario, London Health Sciences Children’s Health Foundation-Legacy Team, Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce, Community Law School (Sarnia-Lambton), Rotary Club of Port Elgin and Huron Shores Hospice.