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
Lori Harding, Projects Management, 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.
Jennifer House, Vice Chair
Jennifer has been a board member for 2 years. She possesses a graduate degree in the social sciences with a focus on policy analysis. Her work in drug policy has been published by the Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy. Jennifer has previously worked as a Human Resources Generalist and has experience with recruitment and labour relations. She is currently completing a second degree in Finance.
Rachel Stack, Legal Counsel, 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, Financial Services Advisor, Treasurer
Amanda is standing for re-election after having served the past 2 years on the board of Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey. She has been an active member of the finance committee taking on the role of treasurer and would continue in this regard if re-elected. She is an experienced Financial Advisor in Bruce County but also has experience in Communications, Fundraising and Administration.
Cheryl Cottrill, Retired from Public Relations & Communications
Cheryl is a strong defender of equal political, economic, cultural and social rights for women and is proud to call herself a Feminist. In the last decade of her career, she served as Women in Nuclear (WiN)-Canada’s Executive Director and was responsible for promoting women’s contribution in the nuclear industry, advocating for women’s advancement and promoting science and math careers to young women and girls.
Cheryl continues to sit on the board of directors for WiN-Canada and also works on committees with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Change Her World. She is also currently co-chairing a committee to bring a hospice to the Kincardine area.
Linda was born in the United Kingdom and moved to Canada in 2009. Linda began her career working with young children, transitioned to a career as a dental assistant and then decided to return to childcare. Linda is currently employed at the Kincardine Family Y. Linda has spent time working with Children North East, a charity centered around children and families. Linda has experience working in women’s shelters and has a keen multicultural awareness.
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 13 years working with people who live with developmental disability.
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. Colleen is excited about the opportunity to join the Women’s House Board of Directors and bring her vast knowledge and experience with Violence against Women to Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey.
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.