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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.

Airdrie P.O.W.E.R.

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Our Mission


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. 


Our Vision 

Empowering women through support and resources needed to live in a safe, sustainable community.


Our Values

Safety, Empowerment, Education, Respect, Community, and Compassion

Three Planned Phases of Development


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. 


About Airdrie P.O.W.E.R.

​​​​Our Board​​

  • President - Crystal Boys -  Crystal is President and Director of Community Relations and is also the founder of P.O.W.E.R. After witnessing a young woman being abused by her boyfriend in broad daylight she took to social media and put a request in for help establish a women's emergency shelter in Airdrie.

    Having stayed in an emergency shelter herself 18 years ago she knows the importance a local shelter can make in the lives of women and children fleeing domestic violence. Since her stay at the shelter she has raised her daughter and remained in a healthy relationship. Her passion is to help build up and empower women.

    Crystal works hard for P.O.W.E.R. and looks forward to building an emergency women's shelter while providing programs and services that will help women become all that they are meant to be through emergency resources and support programs.
  • Vice President/Treasurer - Daria Skibington-Roffel - Daria has been involved with Airdrie P.O.W.E.R. in the capacity of nonprofit management consultant, as well as web design and maintenance. She is deeply committed to serving the community and brings over 10 years of experience as a nonprofit Board member, and over 25 years as a volunteer. Daria holds an Extension Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Mount Royal University, as well as a certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA).


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. 

  • Secretary - Dana Gable - Dana has lived in Airdrie for most of her life, and was looking for a way to get involved in the community when she heard about Airdrie P.O.W.E.R. Hearing about the effects of domestic violence in our city inspired her to join the board as secretary, and to pitch in and volunteer wherever she can.
  • Serving on the board since 2018 she has enjoyed being able to work with the board, make connections with local businesses, fundraise, and is very excited about the new day shelter facility. Recently she has also become Volunteer Director and is looking forward to working with volunteers from the community.
  • Director - Rev. Dr. Tim Callaway - Tim joined the board in 2019 and brings extensive experience in non-profit work, social justice issues, and knowledge of sexual abuse and the effects on families and the community. He currently pastors at Daybreak Community Church here in Airdrie.

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.

  • Director - Shauna D'Onofrio - ​My family and I have lived in Airdrie for almost 2 years and I practice Family and Criminal Law in Calgary and Central Alberta. Before becoming a lawyer I worked for several years as an Assessor for Child and Family Services, specializing in matters of domestic and family violence.  I now see the effects of domestic violence daily as a family and criminal lawyer.​ Raising awareness about domestic violence and the effect it has on children is something that I am passionate about.  I look forward to continuing to work with the other P.O.W.E.R board members to raise awareness about domestic violence in our community and establish a response through the implementation of a Women's Shelter in Airdrie.
  • ​​​Director - Crystal Brunet-Laughlin - Crystal is a Mom, wife, entrepreneur and Real Estate Professional. She was born and raised in Vancouver, BC and moved to Airdrie in 2018. She was previously a Womens Support Worker, Court Advocate and Community Outreach Worker with a Womens Transition Housing Society in Langley, BC for 7 years prior to becoming a Realtor. She supported and advocated directly with women and their children fleeing intimate partner and domestic violence. She worked directly with child protection social workers, family law lawyers, RCMP and local police among many other community support services.

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.