October 20th, 2020

YWCA names new CEO


By Mabell, Dave on November 28, 2019.

Shannon Hansen is the new chief executive officer for the YWCA Lethbridge and District. Herald photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

Dave Mabell

Lethbridge Herald

dmabell@lethbridgeherald.com

After an extensive search, a new CEO has been named to lead the YWCA Lethbridge and District.

The organization’s board of directors has announced Shannon Hansen has joined the YWCA team effective Nov. 25. Co-chairing the board this year are Jessie Westers and Dominika Wojcik.

Hansen comes to the YWCA with an extensive background as a leader in the public sector, they point out. She served recently with McMan Youth Services and with Family and Community Services as a “Housing First” specialist.

And Hansen says finding suitable housing for families and women is also one of the important programs at the Lethbridge YWCA.

The organization is well known for its Harbour House facility for women and children who’ve become victims of violence, she says, but it provides many more services as well.

Fitness facilities, leadership and empowerment groups for girls and young women, a similar offering for teenaged boys, and support sessions for victims of violence are also among its services. Hansen says a new communications initiative will let southern Alberta residents know more about the organization’s programs and goals.

At the same time, she says non-profit groups in Lethbridge are making an effort to work more collaboratively.

“We want to see how we can work with other partners in the community.”

That will also help people find the resources they need more readily, she says.

Founded here in 1949, YWCA Lethbridge & District remains committed to “enhancing the lives of women with programs and services that empower them, support equality and promote wellness of mind, body and spirit.”

Part of the global YWCA movement and certified by Imagine Canada, YWCA Lethbridge and District commits “to be open to women of all ages, cultures and beliefs, and to the value of every human being.”

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