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S.H.A.D.E. (Safe Housing and Directed Empowerment) 

Charitable Registration No.: 829036177RR0001

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We envision women healed from the impact of family violence.


Empower immigrant women and their children who have been impacted by domestic abuse and/or family violence to rebuild their lives through safe housing, psychosocial programming, and practical supports.

Meet the Board




Executive Director

The idea for SHADE rose from my experiences in reuniting and helping to settle refugee families and observing the strain of acculturation many encounter.  As well, my own experience living with intimate partner violence and journey to healing informed the creation of SHADE  My faith and depth of empathy for individuals in crisis and for those who have experienced trauma has shaped my social responsibility and desire to impact my local community for good.




For me, being a part of SHADE is a way to honour the memory of my mother, who devoted her life to seeking to end intimate partner violence and creating safe spaces for women. It also allows me to use my experiences as a lawyer to promote social equality and security for those who are vulnerable. There is much more to be done, and I am honoured to contribute to that through SHADE.




As a city planner and researcher, I am drawn toward projects and initiatives, such as SHADE that works to provide safe housing to those without a safe place to call home. I believe in equality for all and that every woman and child deserve the opportunity to achieve their wildest dreams, free from fear, harm, and discrimination. SHADE will work with immigrant women and children to move toward a future of safety, security, and opportunity - and I am so excited to be a part of this.    


For me, being a part of SHADE is a way to encourage women to fight against domestic violence and sexual assault.  I believe that “Women are a source of power” and in all religions, women have a supreme place.  As a settlement worker, I want to help women so that they can feel safe, and be free from fear, harm and any form of discrimination.
For me, SHADE is a light and a hand for all women.
I am very excited and feel honoured being a part of SHADE.

We are currently accepting applications for volunteer positions in our board. Persons with lived experience of intimate partner violence, of colour and from the immigrant community in Winnipeg are encouraged to apply. 



 I believe in empowering and supporting women rediscover their inner strength. My interest in SHADE stems from my experiences as an immigrant woman and a social worker. I have witnessed the impact of abuse on women and their children. I am also aware of the complex factors that hinder people from leaving abusive relationships. I am excited to be a part of SHADE because I believe this organization will provide a place of “shade” for vulnerable people.  


I am a part of SHADE because I recognize the invaluable resource that this program is.  Working with newcomers in a number of different capacities, I have witnessed the numerous challenges that women face when immigrating to a new country. All women and their children, no matter where they are from, have the right to feel safe. SHADE can help immigrant women start a life that is empowered and secure, for themselves and for their children here in Canada. I am so honoured and excited to be a part of this organization.