Director - 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 - Tim joined the board in 2019 and brings us extensive experience in non-profit work, several social justice issues, and research regarding sexual abuse and its effects on individuals, families and the community. He is currently the pastor of Daybreak Community Church in Airdrie. Over his pastoral career, Tim has worked with a variety of social initiatives such as the John Howard Society, Odyssey House Safe-Home, The Mustard Seed and MK Safety Net. He is a graduate of Prairie College, Providence College, University of Waterloo, Trinity Divinity School, and the University of South Africa.
A former journalist in both mainstream and religious media, Tim is the author of three books and brings his knowledge of passion for social justice to his role at Airdrie P.O.W.E.R. He is a valuable asset to our board.
Secretary - Melanie came to Airdrie P.O.W.E.R. in August of 2021 as a practicum student through her program as a Community Service Worker with a specialty in addictions. She enjoyed her time at P.O.W.E.R. and decided to continue being a part of what we do here. Airdrie P.O.W.E.R. is excited to welcome Melanie to the board as our new secretary as of November 2021. We are looking forward to continue working with Melanie and know she will bring a lot to our board!
President - Crystal is President, Executive Director, 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 is excited to be providing programs and services that will help women become all that they are meant to be.