October 19, 2018
For Immediate Release

Rayann Toner appointed Executive Director, Central Alberta Women's Emergency Shelter

The Board of Directors of the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter (CAWES) is pleased to announce the appointment of Rayann Toner as the organization’s new Executive Director.

Rayann brings with her over 13 years of substantial knowledge and experience working in the field of social justice and intimate partner violence.  In 2005, Rayann joined CAWES in the role of Child Support Worker and continued by taking on leadership role in various aspects of Operations and the Domestic Violence Court Program over the 10 years that she has been employed with the agency. Originally from Trenton, Nova Scotia, she was the Executive Director of the Pictou County Centre for Sexual Health from 2010 – 2014.  

Rayann will play a key role in meeting the organization’s outstanding reputation for service and delivery to clients and its peers by working closely with collaborative partners locally and provincially through the Alberta Council of Women Shelters.  Toner has also co- represented CAWES both at national and international conferences for women shelters, in Ottawa and Den Hague, the Netherlands.

Janel Lockhat, President & Board Chair, CAWES said: “We’re exceptionally pleased that Rayann has taken on this leadership role.  Her passion and commitment to our cause coupled with her strong knowledge and experience will be vital as we continue our plans in completing our full transition to Trauma Informed, Low-Barrier-to-Entry Services”.

Rayann Toner added: “CAWES has a reputation as an inspirational leader in frontline services.  We have a tremendous opportunity to strengthen our work around diversity, inclusiveness, and gender responsiveness by creating a compassionate and empathetic environment, by using our strong business values and trauma informed service delivery to match the demands and expectations of our clients.  I have always respected the CAWES’ brand, values and proven delivery models, and I am excited to be working with an amazing team committed to exceptional and innovative service in our community”.

For more information, contact:

Janel Lockhat
President & Board Chair, CAWES
403.872.4656 cell 

Rayann Toner
Executive Director, CAWES
403.350.9683 cell; 403.346.5643 office