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 ages 19 and 24. 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.
Sher Brown, Vice Chair
Sher has been working in the Social Service sector since 1983 and has a passion for ensuring effective, person-centred supports for people who experience barriers to creating the life they want for themselves. Her educational background is Early Childhood Education and Human Resource Management. She has spent the last 15 years working with people who live with developmental disability.
Lori Harding, Past Chair
Lori has numerous years’ experience with Project Management. She has had involvement with other Charitable Organizations, Strategic Planning, Property/Construction Management, and Bargaining and is the Board Chair of Women in Nuclear Bruce Chapter and volunteers at Special Olympics.
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.
Christi Ronholm, Treasurer
Christi has a passion for helping others and is experienced in several different areas of the helping field. She started her career in social services as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor, and moved on into the role of Personal Support Worker, helping people with Alzheimer’s disease. Christi worked in the Developmental Services field for over 12 years, and left the work to care for her two children. She has experience as a board member for non-profit organizations, and has recently obtained her Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting. She is currently in a management role in the developmental services field.
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.
Dr. Damian Gunaratne
Damian is establishing his medical practice at the Hawthorne Medical Centre. Damian completed medical school and his residency in Ottawa, and as well as his medical degree he has a psychiatric background. Damian was president of the pre-med Society and was Chief Resident while in Ottawa. Damian is a feminist and has hands on experience working with women who are victims of violence. Damian is looking forward to bringing his experience and passion to end Violence against Women to Women’s House Board of Directors.
After many years of traveling, working in journalism, photojournalism, and communications, Elizabeth moved to Bruce County and set aside her career to stay home and raise her children. Elizabeth has previous experience in the nonprofit sector through her work with two different arts councils. Recently Elizabeth has been involved in local refugee resettlement efforts, and volunteer support with the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Network.
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.
Lourdes is from Mexico and came to Kincardine in 2005 with her husband, James, who is from Kincardine, and their son. Lourdes received her high school equivalency at KDSS and is currently taking an on-line course through Canadore College in Administration. Previous administrative roles have allowed her to develop exceptional time management and organizational skills. Lourdes also has excellent prioritizing skills, attention to detail and adherence to company policies & procedures. Lourdes lived the majority of her life in a developing country where she has observed that poverty, lack of education and alcoholism are major factors related to family instability and violence. Lourdes strongly believes that education and mental health programming plays an important role in the prevention of abusive environments.
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.