Let’s all give a warm Bow Valley welcome to the newest members of the YWCA Programs and Services team! We are thrilled to have Allie and Nickie on board to provide counselling and support services for victims of violence in our community. Have a read through their bios below to learn about their journeys to the Valley, as well as their compelling work experience.
I am honoured to bring my professional experience to the Bow Valley and to be working at the Banff YWCA Programs and Services as an Anti-Violence Counsellor and Educator. I am passionate about my work including empowering women, girls and the community. I have recently relocated back to the Bow Valley and am excited to be residing in Canmore with my family.
Originally from Winnipeg, I worked in non-profit community grassroots agencies with a focus on domestic violence. I was certified and worked with Manitoba Justice as a Protection Order Designate for the Domestic Violence and Stalking Act to support families in need of protection during the court process and applications. I’ve also had experience working front line with Child and Family Services in Winnipeg and rural Manitoba. I am looking forward to connecting with the community, promoting awareness and providing one-on-one support in regards to intimate partner violence.
Prior to my move here, I was a long term resident of Calgary, transplanted from Montreal that is. I have worked in the social work field for about 18 years. Most of my experience is with community based programs such as: outreach for emergency and second stage shelters; transition housing; outreach with teen/young parents; accessible transportation and with an information and support program for people living with dementia and their family/friends.
Professionally, I am looking forward to being a part of the Programs and Services team and playing a part in helping a much-needed new program – the Bridge House transition house – to establish itself and grow. At the same time, I am happy to be getting back to my social work roots in the form of group and community work. Personally, my husband and I are excited about being “newbie members” of this unique mountain community!