Love creates legacy.

Meet Patti and Margaret, the pioneers of Big Hill Haven. They exemplify how helping others creates big change. Their stories are not only inspirational, they are living proof that through resilience, determination, a dash of humor, and a lot of love – you can overcome anything.  

Read our 2019-2020 Annual Report


Big Hill Haven will provide a safe place for women with or without children leaving domestic violence and empower them to rebuild their lives by providing support services and advocacy. We will lead our community in understanding the issues related to family violence in our community.


Our community has ended family violence through supporting and empowering families.


Big Hill Haven employees and volunteers are committed to the following ethical values to carry out our mission: respect, integrity, inclusiveness, honesty, confidentiality, support, empathy, best practices, and safety.

Our Board of Directors

United through our mission, we are committed to creating a safe and healthy future for families experiencing domestic violence in Cochrane and area.

Valerie Gilmore


Debbie Leah

Vice Chair

Position Open


Laurel Skidmore


Jacquie Matechuk


Joy Steppacher


Sandra Gateman


Jeff Brunner




Taylor Kawaguchi


Allison Comeau


Tracey Radloff


Big change starts here.

Join Big Hill Haven Board of Directors

Are you looking for a way to put your business and personal skills to work? Are you someone who wants to make long-lasting changes in your community and build a future that promotes a healthy and supportive environment that we can all grow and flourish?

We invite you to join us.  We are looking to expand our board as we embark on realizing Big Hill Haven's vision. Simply complete our Board Application and submit it to

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Cochrane Women's Emergency Shelter Society

Charitable Registration #709526099 RR0001

Box 1544, Cochrane, AB, T4C 1B5

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