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Pincher Creek women’s shelter highlights donations and strategic growth at Annual General Meeting

Pincher Creek women’s shelter highlights donations and strategic growth at Annual General Meeting
In her opening remarks, board president Nicole Buret expressed deep gratitude to the pioneers who established the shelter in 1997 and to all those who have continued to support and operate it over the years, providing a safe place for women and children fleeing violence.
In her opening remarks, board president Nicole Buret expressed deep gratitude to the pioneers who established the shelter in 1997 and to all those who have continued to support and operate it over the years, providing a safe place for women and children fleeing violence.
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Nicole Buret, President of the Pincher Creek Women’s Emergency Shelter Association, giving opening remarks at the Annual General Meeting.
IMAGE: Somya Lohia
Nicole Buret, President of the Pincher Creek Women’s Emergency Shelter Association, giving opening remarks at the Annual General Meeting.

Pincher Creek women’s shelter highlights donations and strategic growth at Annual General Meeting

By Somya Lohia
By Somya Lohia
Shootin’ the Breeze Reporter
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June 21, 2024
June 21, 2024

The Pincher Creek Women’s Emergency Shelter Association held its annual general meeting June 12, marking another year of dedicated service and support for women and children facing domestic violence. During the event, board members and employees reviewed the past year’s accomplishments and celebrated a substantial increase in donations from the community.

Executive assistant Lisa Dupuis highlighted in her report that the shelter received donations of $36,949.37 in the year 2023-24. This was a notable increase from the $13,312.62 in donations reported in 2022-23. “Throughout the year we require funds to cover budgetary items that the (provincial) ministry, our main funder, does not fund. This year we were extremely fortunate to receive unsolicited individual and business cash donations of $36,949.37,” Dupuis noted. “We received cash donations from over 86 donors. We are fortunate to have such wonderful donors supporting us year in and out.” 

Dupuis thanked community members and businesses for contributing food, household items, personal-care items and toys to the shelter throughout the year.

In her opening remarks, board president Nicole Buret expressed deep gratitude to the pioneers who established the shelter in 1997 and to all those who have continued to support and operate it over the years, providing a safe place for women and children fleeing violence.

“Thank you to every one of you, for your dedication and your generous time giving to a cause that, unfortunately, is still very much in the forefront of our basic human needs,” Buret said.

“We have started to create a strategic plan, which will need to be completed within the next year, and revised or updated every year following,” she said.

 

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Buret also mentioned the annual review of bylaws and policies to ensure the shelter remains effective and responsive to the needs of its clients.

Executive director Lori Van Ee highlighted the organization’s achievements over the past fiscal year, noting it had served 85 women and 69 children in the residential program.

She also addressed several challenges faced by the shelter. 

“As an organization, we have encountered significant challenges this year, particularly in supporting women struggling with addictions and mental health issues. Additionally, many women have had to stay longer than the typical 21 days due to the lack of affordable housing,” she said.

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“We have also worked with clients to gain immigration status, which can take extended lengths of time. While waiting to attain status in Canada, these women are unable to find housing or attain financial assistance.”

Van Ee further highlighted the successes of the outreach program, which served 39 women and 55 children over the past year. 

“The purpose of the outreach program is to provide support for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence,” she said.

She noted that it offers education, transportation to medical appointments, referrals, emotional support, basic counselling and advocacy for clients. It meets clients where they are in their lives and assists in empowering positive change.

The program typically runs for six months but can be extended depending on client needs, recognizing the complex challenges faced by individuals experiencing domestic violence, she added.

PCWESA past-president Elizabeth Dolman honoured secretary Bonita Bourlon, who is serving her final year with the association. Members expressed their gratitude for Bourlon’s dedicated service.

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The AGM also celebrated the extension of Stephanie Collins as director for another two years, and the nomination of Daniel Pard as vice-president, highlighting the continuity of strong leadership within the organization.

The Pincher Creek Women’s Emergency Shelter Association held its annual general meeting June 12, marking another year of dedicated service and support for women and children facing domestic violence. During the event, board members and employees reviewed the past year’s accomplishments and celebrated a substantial increase in donations from the community.

Executive assistant Lisa Dupuis highlighted in her report that the shelter received donations of $36,949.37 in the year 2023-24. This was a notable increase from the $13,312.62 in donations reported in 2022-23. “Throughout the year we require funds to cover budgetary items that the (provincial) ministry, our main funder, does not fund. This year we were extremely fortunate to receive unsolicited individual and business cash donations of $36,949.37,” Dupuis noted. “We received cash donations from over 86 donors. We are fortunate to have such wonderful donors supporting us year in and out.” 

Dupuis thanked community members and businesses for contributing food, household items, personal-care items and toys to the shelter throughout the year.

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In her opening remarks, board president Nicole Buret expressed deep gratitude to the pioneers who established the shelter in 1997 and to all those who have continued to support and operate it over the years, providing a safe place for women and children fleeing violence.

“Thank you to every one of you, for your dedication and your generous time giving to a cause that, unfortunately, is still very much in the forefront of our basic human needs,” Buret said.

“We have started to create a strategic plan, which will need to be completed within the next year, and revised or updated every year following,” she said.

 

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Buret also mentioned the annual review of bylaws and policies to ensure the shelter remains effective and responsive to the needs of its clients.

Executive director Lori Van Ee highlighted the organization’s achievements over the past fiscal year, noting it had served 85 women and 69 children in the residential program.

She also addressed several challenges faced by the shelter. 

“As an organization, we have encountered significant challenges this year, particularly in supporting women struggling with addictions and mental health issues. Additionally, many women have had to stay longer than the typical 21 days due to the lack of affordable housing,” she said.

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“We have also worked with clients to gain immigration status, which can take extended lengths of time. While waiting to attain status in Canada, these women are unable to find housing or attain financial assistance.”

Van Ee further highlighted the successes of the outreach program, which served 39 women and 55 children over the past year. 

“The purpose of the outreach program is to provide support for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence,” she said.

She noted that it offers education, transportation to medical appointments, referrals, emotional support, basic counselling and advocacy for clients. It meets clients where they are in their lives and assists in empowering positive change.

The program typically runs for six months but can be extended depending on client needs, recognizing the complex challenges faced by individuals experiencing domestic violence, she added.

PCWESA past-president Elizabeth Dolman honoured secretary Bonita Bourlon, who is serving her final year with the association. Members expressed their gratitude for Bourlon’s dedicated service.

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The AGM also celebrated the extension of Stephanie Collins as director for another two years, and the nomination of Daniel Pard as vice-president, highlighting the continuity of strong leadership within the organization.

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