South­west Cri­sis Ser­vices hires Heather Len­nox as new Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor

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Heather Len­nox will lead South­west Cri­sis Ser­vices into its 30th an­niver­sary year as the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s new Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor.

Heather is well known in the so­cial ser­vice sec­tor in the south­west through her pre­vi­ous em­ploy­ment with Saskatchew­an Abil­i­ties Coun­cil - Part­ners in Em­ploy­ment Pro­gram. Len­nox says, “I am look­ing for­ward to work­ing with a well- es­tab­lished non- profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that ser­vices the com­mu­ni­ties of South­west Saskatchew­an well.”

Heather brings past work ex­pe­ri­ence in an ad­min­is­tra­tive ca­pac­ity as well as over 20 years of ser­vice work with the vul­ner­a­ble sec­tor and ed­u­ca­tion cre­den­tials of a Bach­e­lor of Gen­eral Stud­ies de­gree with Busi­ness Man­age­ment and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fo­cuses to her new po­si­tion.

Joanne Mat­salla, Pres­i­dent of the Board of South­west Cri­sis Ser­vices, is pleased with the smooth tran­si­tion tak­ing place. “We have en­joyed work­ing with our cur­rent Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Teresa Cole, and wish her well as she leaves us for new pur­suits, and the Board is very ex­cited to have Heather on board to grow the or­ga­ni­za­tion in new ways”, says Mat­salla. The of­fi­cial change in lead­er­ship will take place on March 1 with Len­nox and Cole cur­rently work­ing to­gether through a two-anda- half- week tran­si­tion pe­riod.

“It feels like the right time for this tran­si­tion both per­son­ally and for the or­ga­ni­za­tion,” notes Cole who has been Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor since May of 2011.

“I’ve al­ways be­lieved that or­ga­ni­za­tions need dif­fer­ent skill sets at the helm at dif­fer­ent points in their de­vel­op­ment and I am sure Heather’s com­bi­na­tion of busi­ness and so­cial ser­vice ex­pe­ri­ence will help us serve our clients in new and even bet­ter ways.”

The year 2014 marks the 25th an­niver­sary of the Safe Shel­ter and 30th an­niver­sary of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, with a new leader now ush­er­ing it into its fourth decade of ser­vice to the re­gion.

South­west Cri­sis Ser­vices is non-profit, char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion com­mit­ted to build­ing healthy fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties, with a fo­cus on abuse, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and re­lated crises. The agency pro­vides cri­sis in­ter­ven­tion ser­vice to the south­west re­gion through the Safe Shel­ter and the 24- Hour Cri­sis Line, as well as ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port ser­vices through the out­reach pro­grams for women, men and chil­dren and in- school vi­o­lence preven­tion ed­u­ca­tion ses­sions.

The of­fice of the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor has re­cently re­lo­cated to # 315 – 12 Chea­dle Street West (Pro­fes­sional Build­ing) in Swift Cur­rent. For more in­for­ma­tion on South­west Cri­sis Ser­vices, call 306778- 3386 or email swcri­[email protected] sasktel. net or check our web­site at www.swcri­sis.ca

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