Airdrie P.O.W.E.R. got its start in May of 2015, when one of the founding members witnessed an act of domestic violence in public. Cell phone in hand with police on the line, she stood strong and waited for the police to arrive and help the woman she saw being attacked by her boyfriend. It validated the need for a shelter in our community and a decision to spearhead the effort was born.
Through countless hours of dedication and hard work, Airdrie P.O.W.E.R. is making huge strides to develop partnerships with local agencies and community businesses to develop programming to assist women and children fleeing domestic violence. Through fundraising events and sponsorship, grant applications and funding requests, the realization of an Airdrie Women's Shelter is the closest it has ever been.
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Airdrie P.O.W.E.R. is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide women in Airdrie and District with the means to leave an abusive environment through emergency resources, education and empowerment, thus creating a safe and sustainable community.
Empowering women through support and resources needed to live in a safe, sustainable community.
Safety, Empowerment, Education, Respect, Community, and Compassion
1. Day Shelter - A safe, non-judgmental place where women can bring their kids, and make the plans and connections they need.
2. Emergency Shelter - A safe. residential shelter that will house women and children for 21 days.
3. Second Stage Housing - A safe haven where women and their children can live for up to a year as they transition into their new lives.
Daria served as a Victim Service Provider for 10 years and received training and/or certification in the following areas:
- Alberta Victims Services AVS 100 (Core Training - 2007, 2015)
- Mental Health First Aid
- Domestic Violence Safety Planning and Support
- Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CPI)
- ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
- Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
- Supporting and Assisting Victims of Human Trafficking
- Impact of Trauma
Her paid work and volunteer experience over the past 20 years has included web design, information technology, palliative care, advocacy, domestic violence intervention, crisis intervention, funeral administration, medical administration, and nonprofit management.
Tim has worked with the John Howard Society, Odyssey House Safe-Home, The Mustard Seed, MK Safety Net, Not For Sale, and Sojourners. He is a graduate of Prairie College, Providence College, University of Waterloo, Trinity Divinity School, and the University of South Africa.
Tim brings his extensive knowledge and passion for social justice to his role at Airdrie P.O.W.E.R. and is a great asset to our board.
Upon moving to Airdrie, she looked to volunteer with a Womens support service and recognized there were no services solely focused on women fleeing violence. Seeing the gap in needs in her community, she finally found Airdrie P.O.W.E.R. and knew she wanted to be involved in seeing this vital, specialized service come to fruition. Crystal brings practical knowledge and experience working with women fleeing violence to support the board and the staff of Airdrie P.O.W.E.R.