Community Awareness

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

Please contact our Executive Director, Jacquie Boyd, at 403-346-5643 ext. 9 if you would like more information. Or simply send a letter of interest and your resume This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.