Executive Director Retirement

A Message from the President

As some of you may already know, our extraordinary Executive Director, Patricia Garrett, will be retiring in September of 2020 after 33 years of service. WINGS has prospered under Pat’s direction and her list of accomplishments are many. She has led a team that has grown from an original shelter of 12 apartments to facilities that house 49 families. WINGS and our Home Next Door provide families access to extensive wrap around support services, childcare and outreach programs. It is truly remarkable how Pat has grown WINGS to the leading shelter it is today.

Pat’s leadership has resulted in thousands of people’s lives being changed for the better. The legacy of support that Pat leaves for her staff and the families served by WINGS is a testament to her dedication, skill and support. Pat’s unforgettable leadership, wisdom, and dedication will be greatly missed by WINGS staff, community, and the family violence prevention sector. The Board has relied on Pat’s guidance and wisdom over the years and she has developed many friendships with past and present board members that I know will continue. We will be celebrating Pat and her contributions to WINGS in many different ways until then. Congratulations on your accomplishments and retirement Pat.

Also, on behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that Kathy Collins has accepted the position of incoming Executive Director at WINGS of Providence. Kathy joins WINGS with a wealth of experience in both policy work with vulnerable populations and management of staff and financial responsibilities. Currently she is the Executive Director of Policy and Program Development Branch, Alberta Solicitor General and Public Security, Government of Alberta.

Kathy’s career has focused on vulnerable populations with experience at the community level working with many agencies, and extensive work with Victim Services, Domestic Violence, Crime Prevention and Restorative Justice. Kathy has extensive experience leading large teams and managing multi-million dollar budgets. Before her time with the Government of Alberta, Kathy had varied experience working on the front lines as a Residential Counselor at Alberta Hospital Edmonton, as a Probation Officer supervising young offenders and doing casework with female offenders for the Elizabeth Fry Society.

We are very excited for Kathy to join us as we know that she will be a great asset to WINGS overall and a wonderful addition to our great team. This fall will be a year of many changes for WINGS, all under the added stress of a global pandemic and we thank you all for your continued support. We look forward to connecting with some of you at our AGM and throughout the year.

Cathy Jo Kickham
President, Board of Directors

Facts About Family Violence

Less than 10% of all sexual assaults are reported to police.

("Self-reported victimizations reported to police, 1999, 2004 and 2009," Criminal victimization in Canada, 2009, Samuel Perreault and Shannon Brennan, Statistics Canada, 2010)

Violence against women happens in all cultures and religions, in all ethnic and racial communities, at every age, and in every income group.

Women's Voices

I am a mom living in WINGS at the moment with my beautiful kids. I came to WINGS because I was in another shelter, which was only a 21 day stay. They suggested I to WINGS because they provide support and have programs that help with domestic abuse.

I came to Canada as an immigrant and met my spouse here. I was physically and mentally abused by my spouse. He isolated me from society. I wasn’t allowed to to work or to school. I wasn’t even allowed to grocery shopping or to visit family or friends.

WINGS changed that for me. They helped me to grow and showed me that I have the right to be treated as a human being. My counsellor is the best; she helps me to deal with my situation. Now I can speak; I am independent. I can drive a car and I am looking forward to ing to school and work. Thanks to WINGS I can get financially stable and they have made me stronger and a more positive person. This place is a home to me and my children and I wish I could stay here forever.