Vision: Communities where all people are free from violence and abuse
About Camrose Women’s Shelter Society
Camrose Women’s Shelter Society (CWSS) has been providing shelter and services for women and children fleeing abuse since 1985. This is an emergency shelter that provides a safe, supportive place for women and children fleeing domestic violence, or experiencing a crisis or homelessness. The shelter provides services to clients in the greater Camrose area and operates on a 24/7 basis. Over the years, the emergency shelter has offered 22 beds within 7 separate bedrooms with only minimal variation in capacity. Though the emergency shelter is located in Camrose, it serves a much larger geographic area and a total population of approximately 127,000 people.
Beyond provision of basic needs within the shelter, CWSS provides supportive counselling, referrals, safety planning and provides information about domestic violence and life skills groups. Women and children are supported with their personal goals and connected with other community organizations as needed.
In addition to the shelter services, CWSS offers the following programs:
- A crisis line available 24/7 and provides emotional support, safety planning, advocacy and referrals.
- An Outreach Program to assist women transition from the emergency shelter into the community.
- A Family Support Program that provides a wide range of emotional, educational and informative supports regarding the effects of family violence on children
- An on-site School Program that provides classroom instruction that is consistent with Alberta Education curriculum while tailored to a child’s academic ability.
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 grades 1-12 school, and a licensed daycare program onsite. 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.
- Emergency Shelter Capacity: 7 rooms, 22 beds, not including second stage shelter
- Serenity Room for quiet time/space
- First & Second Stage Shelter. Concept design possibility.
For more information about Emergency Accommodations contact our Program Coordinator at 780-679-4975 ext. 6.
The City of Camrose is a Municipality located on Treaty 6 territory, the traditional lands of the Indigenous and the Métis People. For as long as the sun shines, the rivers flow, and the grass grows, this land will be recognized as Treaty 6 Territory.
Camrose is a small rural city in Central Alberta with a population of approximately 20 000. Camrose has many amenities to serve a much larger rural population of approximately 150 000. You can find all required services in the City of Camrose from a hospital to essential shopping, Boxstore shopping, schools and places of worship. There are many walking and skiing trails and natural areas to enjoy, as well as parks and recreation facilities.
Camrose is within an hour of the Edmonton International Airport and accessed by highways 13, 21, 26 or secondary roads
There is a community bus that offers limited transportation within the city.
Mission: We are committed to providing a safe place and services for individuals and families affected by violence and abuse.
- The Camrose Women’s Shelter is a team that can rely on each other with humour, collaboration and forward-thinking.
- Camrose Women’s Shelter believes that children and families are central to our vision of making a safe place free of violence and abuse. We do this through a trauma informed lens, understanding and respecting diversity, spiritually and culture.
- Camrose Women’s Shelter believes in creating a safe, secure environment for everyone, both inside and outside the organization.
- Camrose Women’s Shelter believes in an environment of respect, empathy and compassion. With transparency, honesty and trust we support people.
TRAUMA INFORMED VALUES
Safety– Ensure that the staff and people we serve feel physically and psychologically safe. This includes promoting a sense of safety in interpersonal interactions and ensuring that the physical setting is safe
Transparency and trustworthiness– Ensure that organizational operations and decisions are conducted with transparency so that trust can be built and maintained among staff, clients and family members. This can be achieved by making tasks clear and maintaining appropriate boundaries.
Collaboration and mutuality– Ensure that there is a meaningful sharing of power and decision-making. Our goal is to level the power differences between staff as well as between staff and clients. Everyone has a role to play in the Trauma-informed Care approach.
Empowerment, voice and choice– Ensure that each person’s strengths are recognized, built on and validated; and build opportunities for individuals to develop new skills when necessary. The organization aims to recognize the unique experiences of each person and includes a belief in the resilience and ability of individuals, organizations and communities to heal and promote recovery from trauma.
Peer support and mutual self-help– Peer support and mutual self-help are important vehicles for building trust, establishing safety and ensuring empowerment. These are integral to our organizational and service delivery approach.
Cultural, historical & gender issues– Ensure that the organization moves past cultural stereotypes and biases by offering gender responsive services; leveraging the healing values of traditional cultural connections; and recognizing and addressing historical trauma.
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 20 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 now enjoy a quieter life outside of Camrose and enjoy gardening, camping and spending time with friends and family.
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The Camrose Women’s Shelter Society would like to recognize the support of:
The Camrose Women’s Shelter would also like to recognize the support of the Canadian Women’s Foundation via their Annual Campaign to End Violence Against Women, along with their Campaign partners Winners and HomeSense.