"Communities where all people are free from violence and abuse."
"We are committed to providing a safe place and services for individuals and families affected by violence and abuse."
We Support Women and Children in Crisis
Camrose Women's Shelter Society operates an emergency shelter providing a safe, supportive place for women and children who are escaping domestic violence, in a crisis situation or who may be homeless. An average of 400 women and children from Camrose and surrounding communities seek refuge at our shelter each year. After they leave, many continue to access the outreach programming offered through the shelter.
The shelter accommodates up to seven families and is wheelchair accessible. Beyond provision of basic needs (food, clothing, shelter,) we provide supportive counseling, referrals, safety planning, information on domestic violence and life skills groups. The shelter has an on-site K-9 school, a playschool program and childcare. Women and children are supported with their personal goals and connected with other community organizations as they transition away from the shelter towards safe housing and community supports.
Board of Directors
Judilonne Beebe, Chair- Judilonne Beebe is a Social Worker who has spent over 40 years working in the fields of Family Violence and Childhood Sexual Abuse and currently serves as the Board Chair of the Camrose Women's Shelter. Judi sat on a National Family Violence Committee through the Public Health Agency of Canada for three years and in November of 2013, Judi was honoured to receive an Inspiration Award for leadership in Family Violence Prevention presented by the Honorable Sandra Jensen. Judi lives on a farm with her husband, has three children, four grandchildren and enjoys reading, gardening and the outdoors.
Bill Sears, Vice-Chair- Bill Sears is a retired farmer living in Camrose. He likes to say his vocation was agriculture but his passion was politics. He has served as a County Councillor, a School Board Trustee and a City Councillor. As well as sitting on the Board of the Camrose Women's Shelter Society, he currently sits on the Council of Camrose United Church and on the University of Alberta Senate. Bill also volunteers at Camrose Neighbor Aid. He and his wife Trudy have a blended family of two daughters, three sons and four grandchildren.
Don Lyon, Treasurer- TBD
Shannon Marshall, Secretary- Shannon Marshall has spent the past 20 years working in various accounting and finance roles, and currently works as Finance Manager for a research and development technology consulting firm. When she's not tallying numbers or diving into the world of corporate tax, you'll find her enjoying time with her two dogs, Buddy and Bear, while exploring the Camrose valley trails or practicing their agility skills together. Her favourite time-wasting activities include golf, binge-watching British TV shows, gardening, and tackling (yet another) home renovation project. As a supporter of all-things-local, Shannon joined our Board of Directors in the fall of 2019 and looks forward to continuing to serve and support the important work of the Camrose Women's Shelter Society.
Tracy Brandingen, Director - TBD
Yvonne Erickson, Director - Yvonne Erickson has been on the Board of Directors on the CWSS for seven years, and is a Voting Delegate for Alberta Counsel of Women’s Shelters. For twenty-five years Yvonne worked with The City of Edmonton, as a Transit Operator. She and her husband volunteer at Busy B Bargains, a non-profit thrift store in Tofield, are active members of the Camrose Seniors Centre where they participate in floor curling, and enjoy camping at CSC on Hastings Lake, where they have been members for twenty-four years. Yvonne is a mother and grandmother of two stepchildren and six step grandchildren.
Nora-Lee Rear, Executive Director - Nora-Lee Rear has worked in the Family Violence Sector for over 15 years, joining the Camrose Women's Shelter team in 2014. She has worked on many provincial projects, including the Taking Action on Bullying Pilot Project in 2007 and the World Indigenous Women's Wellness Conference in 2008, mainly in urban and First Nations communities. After living in Calgary, Nora-Lee and her partner are now enjoying a quieter life outside of Camrose and enjoy gardening, camping and spending time with friends and family.