DARLENE HAWES

Board Chair

I have been a Board member for many years now. I joined the Board when we were just beginning the large expansion of Ann Elmore House.  I talked with Dianne Wilson, Board member, about CRNITS and what they did. I knew it was something that I could support so I came to a meeting. I was very impressed at how well the Board worked together.  I was also very impressed with Valery, our Executive Director, being the only administrator she juggled many jobs for us.

The Board was very pleased when the expansion was complete; our capacity for clients had doubled and we kept those rooms full. Unfortunately we did not get an increase in government funding. Like other non-profits in the province, we had to take on many different contracts to enable us to keep the house going.

I have worked for many years as an Educational Assistant in School District 72. We were doing a school fundraiser for the house when a couple of my students told me that they had stayed there. It was a positive experience for them and reinforced for me that we what we’re doing was so important.

I received a lot of support from my co-workers.  They bought memberships, coffee, wore ribbons and donated. When the staff bought tee-shirts and wore them on the “National Day to Prevent Violence Against Women and Children” it was a powerful message to the whole school.

I believe very strongly that everyone has the right to be respected and live free of violence.

A long time goal of the Board was to have some type of second stage housing. We took action, although it took years of work, and Rose Harbour became a reality.  It is the Board accomplishment that I am most proud of.

 

PAT GRONO

Board Member

By the end of April 2018, I will have been with the Transition Society for 21 years. June Marchand, one of our past board members, approached me during one of the drives to enlarge the board, and as a recent "empty nester", I had extra time to join the Society. There have been many changes along the way - including the expansion of the Ann Elmore House, the building of Rose Harbour, and most recently the opening of the Transitions Thrift Store. Lots of planning, hard work, fundraising, and fun helped to see these projects to completion. The Board, under the leadership of Valery Puetz, has accomplished a firm commitment to our community. Valery is an incredible woman who will seize any opportunity to help improve the lives of the many women who are the victims of violence. 

Before joining the Board, I worked with School District 72 as a Special Needs Educational Assistant for 28 years. After retirement, I had more time to volunteer and spend a few hours each week at the Thrift Store. It is a wonderful endeavor with many hardworking volunteers and delightful shoppers. The donors who support the store are to be commended for their generosity as that is what helps keep the store running. It is an honour to be part of such a committed group of people.

 

JUNE SPELAY

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MEGHAN HARRISON

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CHERYL STINSON

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