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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, Caroline Hogwood

Caroline is a recently retired executive with over 25 years’ experience leading and managing various functions such as HR, IT, Finance and Operations for large Canadian organizations – most recently, Canadian Tire Corporation. Caroline holds a B.Sc. from McMaster University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Born, raised and currently residing in Oakville, Caroline values the opportunity to contribute directly to her community and holds dear the fundamental right for safe living conditions for women and their children. Historically, Caroline has committed her time to various women’s and girls’ initiatives, including serving as a Big Sister in Oakville and working with the YWCA Toronto to launch retraining efforts for women re-entering the workforce. Caroline looks forward to supporting and contributing to the ongoing work of the committed team at Halton Women’s Place. Caroline also currently serves on the Board of Governors and St. Mildred’s Lightbourn School.

Vice President, Heather Colquhoun

Heather is the Managing Director of KaleidoscopicTraining, Consulting & Facilitation Services Inc. She has a background in social work and organizational diversity, and has worked in consulting for the past 15 years.

Heather joined the Board because she was looking for an organization and 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 12 years and currently resides in Milton.

 

Corporate Secretary, Janet Pickell  

Janet is a Senior Sales and Marketing professional and throughout her career, she managed multiple NationalBusiness divisions and Teams with multi-million dollar budgets.

After a career in the corporate sector Janet has turned her focus to the Not for Profit sector and joined the YMCA of Oakville.  At the Y her responsibilities are focused on the CEO and Board.   Outside of corporate achievements Janet has been an active volunteer within the Oakville community serving several Charitable organizations.

Treasurer, Ann Prawl

Ann worked at SMLS for 12 years as an Accountant. She is currently at Oakville Christian School as Finance Manager.

She has over 20 years of experience in the finance field. She shares a special bond with women who are abused and displaced and has pledged her time to do what it takes to help get the word out that there is help for those women.

“It’s truly an honour to serve on this Board along with my colleagues and to work with the staff of HWP who are vastly educated, experienced, willing and able. HWP is blessed to have this great group of leaders direct its path”.

She also volunteers as Treasurer of her church and is a firm believer in giving back to her community. She lives with her husband and daughter in Burlington.

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, Leslie Starr-Hemurrow

Leslie Starr-Hemburrow is the 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, 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, Eleanor McMahon

Eleanor McMahon is a senior executive and former legislator.

Her career has included senior roles in business, government and the not-for-profit sector. She spent the early part of her career on Parliament Hill where she held a number of positions, including Press Secretary to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien followed by senior roles with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Petro-Canada, the United Way Ottawa, the Ontario Medical Association, and the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women.

The tragic death of Eleanor’s husband, Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Greg Stobbart–killed in June 2006 while cycling, by a driver with several convictions for driving under suspension—inspired her desire to to improve cycling safety in Ontario, and engineer legislative and societal change. In 2007, she created the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, Ontario’s cycling policy and advocacy organization. The Coalition initiated significant legislative, cultural and policy change as well as $100 M in cycling infrastructure investments in Ontario (2017), a Coroner’s Review into Cycling Deaths (2012), and Ontario’s first Cycling Strategy (2013) in over 20 years. The Coalition remains a leading voice for cycling as well as healthy, safe and active communities in Ontario and Canada.

In 2009, after Eleanor lobbied the Ontario government for enhanced penalties for suspended drivers in Ontario, “Greg’s Law” named after her late husband, was passed on April 22 making our communities safer by reducing the number of suspended drivers and repeat offenders on Ontario’s roads.

In 2014, seeking to continue her cycling and road safety work, Eleanor was elected MPP for Burlington. She was appointed to the Cabinet in 2016 as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and in 2018 as President of the Treasury Board.

She is now Principal of her own consultancy, McMahon Strategic Consulting providing advice and counsel to companies and organizations on corporate and government relations strategies. She also sits on several Board of Directors including the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Halton Women’s Place and the Share the Road Cycling Coalition.

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.

 

President, Caroline Hogwood

Caroline is a recently retired executive with over 25 years’ experience leading and managing various functions such as HR, IT, Finance and Operations for large Canadian organizations – most recently, Canadian Tire Corporation. Caroline holds a B.Sc. from McMaster University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Born, raised and currently residing in Oakville, Caroline values the opportunity to contribute directly to her community and holds dear the fundamental right for safe living conditions for women and their children. Historically, Caroline has committed her time to various women’s and girls’ initiatives, including serving as a Big Sister in Oakville and working with the YWCA Toronto to launch retraining efforts for women re-entering the workforce. Caroline looks forward to supporting and contributing to the ongoing work of the committed team at Halton Women’s Place. Caroline also currently serves on the Board of Governors and St. Mildred’s Lightbourn School.

Vice President, Heather Colquhoun

Heather is the Managing Director of KaleidoscopicTraining, Consulting & Facilitation Services Inc. She has a background in social work and organizational diversity, and has worked in consulting for the past 15 years.

Heather joined the Board because she was looking for an organization and 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 12 years and currently resides in Milton.

Corporate Secretary, Janet Pickell  

Janet is a Senior Sales and Marketing professional and throughout her career, she managed multiple NationalBusiness divisions and Teams with multi-million dollar budgets.

After a career in the corporate sector Janet has turned her focus to the Not for Profit sector and joined the YMCA of Oakville.  At the Y her responsibilities are focused on the CEO and Board.   Outside of corporate achievements Janet has been an active volunteer within the Oakville community serving several Charitable organizations.

Treasurer, Ann Prawl

Ann worked at SMLS for 12 years as an Accountant. She is currently at Oakville Christian School as Finance Manager.

She has over 20 years of experience in the finance field. She shares a special bond with women who are abused and displaced and has pledged her time to do what it takes to help get the word out that there is help for those women.

“It’s truly an honour to serve on this Board along with my colleagues and to work with the staff of HWP who are vastly educated, experienced, willing and able. HWP is blessed to have this great group of leaders direct its path”.

She also volunteers as Treasurer of her church and is a firm believer in giving back to her community. She lives with her husband and daughter in Burlington.

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, Leslie Starr-Hemurrow

Leslie Starr-Hemburrow is the 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, 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, Eleanor McMahon

Eleanor McMahon is a senior executive and former legislator.

Her career has included senior roles in business, government and the not-for-profit sector. She spent the early part of her career on Parliament Hill where she held a number of positions, including Press Secretary to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien followed by senior roles with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Petro-Canada, the United Way Ottawa, the Ontario Medical Association, and the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women.

The tragic death of Eleanor’s husband, Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Greg Stobbart–killed in June 2006 while cycling, by a driver with several convictions for driving under suspension—inspired her desire to to improve cycling safety in Ontario, and engineer legislative and societal change. In 2007, she created the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, Ontario’s cycling policy and advocacy organization. The Coalition initiated significant legislative, cultural and policy change as well as $100 M in cycling infrastructure investments in Ontario (2017), a Coroner’s Review into Cycling Deaths (2012), and Ontario’s first Cycling Strategy (2013) in over 20 years. The Coalition remains a leading voice for cycling as well as healthy, safe and active communities in Ontario and Canada.

In 2009, after Eleanor lobbied the Ontario government for enhanced penalties for suspended drivers in Ontario, “Greg’s Law” named after her late husband, was passed on April 22 making our communities safer by reducing the number of suspended drivers and repeat offenders on Ontario’s roads.

In 2014, seeking to continue her cycling and road safety work, Eleanor was elected MPP for Burlington. She was appointed to the Cabinet in 2016 as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and in 2018 as President of the Treasury Board.

She is now Principal of her own consultancy, McMahon Strategic Consulting providing advice and counsel to companies and organizations on corporate and government relations strategies. She also sits on several Board of Directors including the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Halton Women’s Place and the Share the Road Cycling Coalition.

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.

You have options:

You have options:

IF YOU DECIDE TO LEAVE
  • Call the Halton Women’s Place 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 the 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
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MILTON & HALTON HILLS

905-878-8555

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