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About Us

Serving the Halton Region community (Burlington, Milton, Halton Hills & Oakville) in Ontario, Canada.

Serving the Halton Region community (Burlington, Milton, Halton Hills & Oakville) in Ontario, Canada.

Halton Women’s Place is an organization providing shelter and crisis services for physically, emotionally, financially and sexually abused women and their dependent children and is dedicated to ending violence against women and their children.

Vision

To be a gateway to safety, support and a future without abuse for her and her children.

Mission

Halton Women’s Place will provide a safe haven, information, and education to support a future without abuse for women and their children.

Values

Halton Women’s Place will:

  • Make emergency shelter and/or crisis services accessible to all abused women and their dependent children.
  • Provide crisis services and information to women and children living in the shelter and in the community at large.
  • Provide non-judgemental, empathetic crisis counselling for all abused women and their dependent children.
  • Design and implement strategies to inform and empower abused women and their dependent children to make decisions about their safety, rights and options.
  • Design and implement strategies to promote and provide public education to end violence against women and children.

Halton Women’s Place is an organization providing shelter and crisis services for physically, emotionally, financially and sexually abused women and their dependent children and is dedicated to ending violence against women and their children.

Vision

To be a gateway to safety, support and a future without abuse for her and her children.

Mission

Halton Women’s Place will provide a safe haven, information, and education to support a future without abuse for women and their children.

Values

Halton Women’s Place will:

  • Make emergency shelter and/or crisis services accessible to all abused women and their dependent children.
  • Provide crisis services and information to women and children living in the shelter and in the community at large.
  • Provide non-judgemental, empathetic crisis counselling for all abused women and their dependent children.
  • Design and implement strategies to inform and empower abused women and their dependent children to make decisions about their safety, rights and options.
  • Design and implement strategies to promote and provide public education to end violence against women and children.

Our History

Our History

In 1977, after the completion of a feasibility study it was  indicated there was a need for a shelter in the Region. In November 1978, HWP became incorporated as a voluntary charitable organization.

Halton Women’s Place opened its doors in Milton in October 1980. In the first two years of operation more than 500 women and children were accommodated and more than 700 crisis calls were received.

In 1989, as a result of a bequest from the estate of Margery Ilene MacDowell, a committee was formed to take a look at the shelter needs in Halton. Another feasibility study was done and the result was to build a second shelter in the Southern part of the Region. In January 1994, a second shelter – located in Burlington – was opened.

From the day it opened it has been running at near capacity and now responding to more than 2500 crisis calls a year.

The need to replace the original shelter in Milton and expand the new shelter in Burlington became evident.

On February 20, 2002, government officials, members of the business community and the public gathered for the announcement of the groundbreaking at Halton Women’s Place in Milton.

This new facility will service North Halton and is the sister facility to the one in Burlington serving South Halton.

In April 2002 the capital projects of the new Milton shelter and the expansion of the Burlington shelter began. Construction was completed and the new 20-bed Milton shelter was opened to serve abused women and their dependent children in January 2003. The expansion on the Burlington shelter was also completed and opened in December 2002.

Major funding came from the Ministry of Community and Social Services, Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation and our community partners, Mattamy Homes Ltd., The Aggregate Group of Halton, Rotary Clubs of Halton and The Ontario Trillium Foundation.

In 1977, after the completion of a feasibility study it was  indicated there was a need for a shelter in the Region. In November 1978, HWP became incorporated as a voluntary charitable organization.

Halton Women’s Place opened its doors in Milton in October 1980. In the first two years of operation more than 500 women and children were accommodated and more than 700 crisis calls were received.

In 1989, as a result of a bequest from the estate of Margery Ilene MacDowell, a committee was formed to take a look at the shelter needs in Halton. Another feasibility study was done and the result was to build a second shelter in the Southern part of the Region. In January 1994, a second shelter – located in Burlington – was opened.

From the day it opened it has been running at near capacity and now responding to more than 2500 crisis calls a year.

The need to replace the original shelter in Milton and expand the new shelter in Burlington became evident.

On February 20, 2002, government officials, members of the business community and the public gathered for the announcement of the groundbreaking at Halton Women’s Place in Milton.

This new facility will service North Halton and is the sister facility to the one in Burlington serving South Halton.

In April 2002 the capital projects of the new Milton shelter and the expansion of the Burlington shelter began. Construction was completed and the new 20-bed Milton shelter was opened to serve abused women and their dependent children in January 2003. The expansion on the Burlington shelter was also completed and opened in December 2002.

Major funding came from the Ministry of Community and Social Services, Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation and our community partners, Mattamy Homes Ltd., The Aggregate Group of Halton, Rotary Clubs of Halton and The Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

 

President, Heather Colquhoun

Heather is the Vice President, Talent at Aecon Group Inc, a national leading infrastructure company. She is accountable for the full talent lifecycle including talent acquisition, equity, diversity & inclusion, employee experience, learning, and talent development.

Heather has a background in social work, organizational diversity and leadership excellence. Her professional understanding of the challenges faced by clients of HWP and her conviction that change is possible with the right focus and commitment guides her work on the Board.

Heather joined the Board because she was looking for an organization with a cause she believed in where she could use her skills and passion to contribute to the community. She is proud to serve Halton Women’s Place and is dedicated to the vision of a life free from violence for the women and children of this community. Heather has lived in Halton Region for 16 years and currently resides in Milton.

 

Treasurer, Derek Payne

Derek is an Associate Vice President with TD Bank Group. He has been with TD since 2000 in a variety of roles within Business Banking, including Commercial and Small Business Lending,

Policy Development and Operations. He has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Queen’s University and has earned his Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

 

Derek has been a participant in the Hope in High Heels Walk and the HWP Gala each year since 2015. Through participation in these events he developed an appreciation of the critical role Halton Women’s Place plays in our community and is honoured to now be able to support the organization as a member of the board.

Derek has been a Halton resident since 2002 and has lived in Oakville since 2008 with his wife and two daughters.

 

Director, Julie Cowan

Julie is a Partner and Relationship Lead at Grayhawk Wealth, where she helps successful Canadian families and foundations to achieve their goals as stewards of their values, wealth and legacy. Raised in Milton, Julie values the opportunity to contribute directly to the Halton community.

Committed to helping women and girls realize their potential, Julie believes that women deserve a life free from all forms of abuse and violence. Julie has held volunteer leadership roles with Women in Capital Markets, 100 Women in Finance and True Patriot Love, most recently Co-Chairing True Patriot Love’s all-female 100 km snow-shoe expedition to Baffin Island.

Julie holds an MBA from London Business School (UK), a BA Honours Economics Co-op from the University of Waterloo, and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

 

Director, Jerry Dias

Jerry was elected at the Unifor Founding Convention on August 31, 2013, as the first National President.

He is an experienced and trusted negotiator and organizer, taking on corporate giants from General Motors to Boeing to Coca-Cola. Jerry is a committed trade unionist, focused on the needs of local union leaders and rank-and-file members. His dedication has earned him the trust of members and shop floor bargaining committees right across the country.

Jerry served as an assistant to the CAW National President, a post that he held under two presidents since 2007. Jerry began his work life in 1978 at the then-named de Havilland Aircraft (now Bombardier Aerospace) in Toronto. He was elected shop steward later that year in what would become a lifelong dedication to the labour movement. As plant chair in 1985, Jerry led the work stoppage that resulted in the current day national Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) – which includes the right to know about dangerous materials. He also fought against the sell-off of de Havilland, which would have resulted in a plant closure. Jerry was also elected local union president at CAW Local 112, before being appointed to the union’s national staff as the aerospace sector coordinator in 1993.

Over the last three years, Jerry has taken on the issue of violence against women through his participation, along with his son Jordan, in the Hope in High Heels walk for Halton Women’s Plae. Jerry is the walk’s top fundraiser – raising more than $300,000 in six years!

Jerry is a progressive CAW leader, with talents that will help guide Unifor in the transition from a bold idea into a powerful union for all.

 

 

Director, Megan Gill

Megan is a lawyer in the Corporate and Commercial practice group at O’Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP, a full-service law firm in Oakville. Megan’s practice is focused on corporate and commercial matters, as well as non-profit law.

Megan graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and completed her law degree at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, following which, she was called to the Bar of Ontario in June 2015.

During law school, Megan was an active volunteer and spent her time as a Public Legal Education Volunteer for the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children and a Student Caseworker for the Downtown Legal Services community clinic. She also acted as a Peer Mentor at her law school and was involved with Pro Bono Students Canada.

Having grown up in Halton, Megan is honoured to join the Board of an organization that plays a vital role in the community and is committed to advocating for women’s and children’s rights.

 

 

Director, Barbara Love

Barbara retired in 2017 after a career spanning over 30 years in the Investment Industry. Her most recent position was Senior Vice President of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA), a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds an MBA Degree.

Barbara spends most of the warm weather months on the golf course, or in her garden , and the cold weather months on a curling rink, or a ski hill. She is an avid supporter of both the Halton Women’s Place Annual Golf Tournament and the Gala.

Barbara is a Director of the Burlington Golf and Country Club (BGCC) and is a Member of its Finance and Curling Committees. She is also Treasurer of the BGCC Ladies Executive.

Barbara was raised in Burlington and has since been a long-time resident. She is honoured to be able to contribute as a Director to the important work done by Halton Women’s Place.

 

Director, Irene Santos

Irene is a dynamic, strategic, and passionate HR leader, known for her strong transformation capabilities, progressive thinking, and ability to create impactful people solutions. She joined TD over 20 years ago and in this timeframe has held various senior leadership roles across the organization.

Irene currently holds a dual role at TD as VP of Global Talent Acquisition and VP of HR for HR. As VP of Global Talent Acquisition, she provides strategic direction to a team of professionals committed to attracting and acquiring a strong and diverse talent. As VP of HR for HR, she is a trusted advisor to the CHRO, supporting the talent management, leadership development and succession planning within the HR function.

Irene holds an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and is accredited with the Certified Human Resources Professional designation.

An advocate for women and children causes and passionate about empowering women, Irene has been mentoring women in her community for over 15 years. As a mentor, Irene is devoted to helping women realize their full potential and become leaders in all aspects of their lives.

A Halton resident since 2005, currently living in Oakville with her family, Irene is honoured to contribute to the vital efforts made by the Halton Women’s Place as a Board Director.

 

Director, Ayesha Shah

Ayesha Shah is a passionate People & Culture leader, with 17 years of professional experience in the field. She is also a part-time professor, trained coach and founder of C-Potential, a human development and coaching practice hyper focused on curating the potential of diverse talent, and supporting cross-cultural competence.

Ayesha is a mentor to emerging leaders, youth, and women. She cares deeply about creating inclusive safe spaces within our communities.

She is an advocate for preservation of human dignity, and promotion of human agency of the most vulnerable within our society. Ayesha is grateful to serve
on the Halton Women’s Place Board.

 

Director, Leslie Starr-Hemburrow

Leslie Starr-Hemburrow is the Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services at Trillium Health Partners and the Regional Vice President, Cancer Services, Cancer Care Ontario. She is accountable for large hospital operations in a range of clinical programs/services, as well as leading and collaborating with community and hospital partners to plan and implement improvements to our province’s cancer services.

Leslie is recognized as a strong leader in strategy development, change management and systems improvement. She holds her Master in Business Administration (MBA), Bachelor and Master Degrees in Social Work and is a Certified Health Executive.

Leslie is honoured to serve on Halton Women’s Place Board supporting this important organization and the work they do that makes such an incredible difference in our community. Leslie has been a resident of Burlington for 30 years.

 

 

Director, Rufaida Mohammed

Rufaida is the Community Co-Chair of the Canadian Muslim COVID-19 Task Force. She manages a therapy program at a non-profit mental health organization and has been volunteering with a number of community organizations over the years. She is also an Alumni mentor at the University of Toronto. She holds a Masters of Social Work from McMaster University in Critical Leadership and is passionate about empowering people to use their agency to achieve their goals. She and her family have been residents of Milton for the past 10 years.

You have options:

IF YOU DECIDE TO LEAVE
  • Call our 24 hour Crisis, Information and Support Line to speak with a trained Crisis Intervention Counsellor;
  • The Crisis Intervention Counsellor will explore your options with you and support you to create a Safety Plan, along with creating an Emergency Escape Plan
  • If you have pets, you can explore safe options with the Crisis Intervention Counsellor.

If you do choose to come to Halton Women’s Place, you and your child(ren) may stay for up to 12 weeks.  Our Crisis Intervention Counsellors will work alongside you on your personal goals, which may include:

  • Accessing community support;
  • Accessing counselling;
  • Obtaining housing;
  • Accessing financial supports;
  • Exploring legal supports;
  • Any other individual goals.

 

Emergency transportation is available to help you get to the shelter.

IF YOU DECIDE NOT TO LEAVE
  • Call the Halton Women’s Place 24-hour Crisis, Information and Support Line.
  • Our Crisis Intervention Counsellors will offer support, counselling, resources and information.  They will also explore your options.
  • Crisis Intervention Counsellors will also offer to support you to create a safety plan for you, and your children, if applicable
  • Crisis support is available on the phone or in person at either shelter.  No appointment is necessary.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE SHELTER
  • Safe shelter with staff available 24 hours a day;
  • Clean and welcoming bedrooms;
  • Laundry facilities;
  • Children’s Services, including parenting support, therapeutic groups, children’s activities, playroom;
  • Court support for interim custody and restraining orders;
  • Supportive counselling;
  • Advocacy for you and your children;
  • Support in accessing community services;
  • Support groups;
  • On-Going Safety Planning;
  • Planning for departure from shelter

NEED HELP NOW?
CALL OUR 24-HOUR CRISIS LINES

BURLINGTON & OAKVILLE: 905-332-7892

MILTON & HALTON HILLS: 905-878-8555

NEED HELP NOW?
CALL OUR 24-HOUR CRISIS LINES

 

 

BURLINGTON & OAKVILLE

905-332-7892

 

 

MILTON & HALTON HILLS

905-878-8555

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