Central Alberta Women's Emergency Shelter Building bridges to a better future for women and children impacted by violence.Every individual has a right to live free from family violence.
The Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter offers safe refuge, personal counseling, and community support for families experiencing family violence. Every year, we meet nearly 3,000 people who have made the brave step towards a life free from violence. There are thousands more in our community who still need our help.
Family violence is an issue that not only impacts individuals and families, but communities as a whole. Thanks to CAWES’ dedication to prevention initiatives, child-focussed healing programs, and providing the necessary tools for our clients to become safely independent, we are seeing promising improvements in rates of family violence in Central Alberta. As experts in the field of family violence, we continually create ground-breaking opportunities for education and awareness. We are proud to report that great things are happening at CAWES, and people’s lives are changing.
You are not alone. Read some of the courageous stories of women who have overcome abuse and violence
The Board of Directors of The Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter is pleased to announce the appointment of Jacquie Boyd as Executive Director, effective November 15, 2021.
Jacquie brings over 20 years experience in leadership, progressing through her career successfully leading teams and working with a board of directors. Over the years, she has worked collaboratively with staff and agencies to advance their agendas in many communities in Alberta including most recently, right here in Red Deer. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in strategic leadership, community relations, operations management, financial management and human resources planning and management.
Jacquie stays grounded in her efforts by staying true to her values and building strong relationships with her board, staff, government, funders, stakeholders and community agencies. She enjoys the world of not for profits, which allows her to work collaboratively with staff and community alike and build the culture of inclusiveness that is so important to rally a community and team around common efforts.
Jacquie is a current resident of Red Deer and is excited to stay in such a giving community. Outside of work, she enjoys travelling, hiking and volunteering. Experiencing other cultures, appreciating the environment and helping others, align with her lifelong learning objective to broaden her knowledge of the diverse and wonderous world we live in.
Please join us in welcoming Jacquie to the team at CAWES.
How can I contribute?
Learn about how you can make a difference by contributing to CAWES through donations and volunteer efforts.
The Central Alberta Women's Emergency Shelter (CAWES) are currently recruiting individuals to join our volunteer Board of Directors.
If you are community minded and have 10 hours per month to volunteer your expertise to a compassionate cause, we would like to hear from you!
The Central Alberta Women's Emergency Shelter (CAWES) Board of Directors is a policy and governance board. The Board of Directors works collaboratively with the Executive Director to establish the strategic priorities for CAWES.
What you can expect:
- A three-year term with an opportunity for one second term re-election
- Approximately 8 meetings per year and a 2-day board planning and strategy session
- Standing committee commitments
- Community ambassador advocacy
Central Alberta Women's Emergency Shelter (CAWES) offers safe refuge, personal counselling, and community support for families experiencing family violence. Every year, we meet nearly 3,000 people who have made the brave step towards a life free from violence. There are thousands more in our community who still need our help.
Our Vision - Building bridges to a better future for women and children impacted by violence
Our Mission - Countering violence against women and children in Central Alberta by offering client-centered services through crisis intervention, high-security housing, community awareness, education, collaboration
Donate to CAWES You can make a difference in the life of someone affected by domestic violence
Whatever your means or preference, there are many ways for you to make a difference in the lives of the women and children CAWES serves. With your support, The Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter has become recognized as one of the best in Canada. This year CAWES is doubling up on its efforts to augment trauma informed care at the Shelter and its innovative Children's Healing Centre.
CAWES is grateful for all of the caring and compassionate people that support our work. Without the resources you provide, we would simply not be able to deliver the much needed superior care, support and safe housing that women and children fleeing abuse and violence must have access to. Your contribution of time, talent and treasure has an important and critical impact in our effort to end family violence in Central Alberta and beyond. We invite you to provide hope to our vulnerable women and their children through a variety of giving options.
Ways to Donate
You can chose to donate to CAWES though Paypal or CanadaHelps.org. Click the method you wish to use below to make your donation online. This quick, secure and efficient method will enable CAWES to put your gift to good use immediately.
Please make your cheque or money order payable to:
Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter
Red Deer, AB T4N 5G1
We are eager to hear from you! You may wish to donate with VISA or MASTERCARD by calling 403-346-5643
Become a Monthly Donor:
By giving monthly, you will ensure that families in need are receiving your support on an ongoing basis. Our convenient automatic debit donation system is comfortable and secure, and able to work in cooperation with your monthly and annual budgeting.
Click HERE to set up your online monthly donation
Charitable Tax Receipts
As a Registered Charity (Charitable Status Number: 10688 5437 RR0001) we are authorized to issue receipts to be used to claim a charitable tax credit (individual donations) or tax deduction (corporate donations). All donations of $20 or over will be issued a charitable tax receipt. We are not able to issue charitable tax receipts for in-kind donations, unless a purchase receipt is provided.
For more information on charitable tax benefits visit http://www.canada.ca/charities-giving
For other ways to contribute to CAWES, learn about available Volunteer Opportunities.