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

Mission

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.

Vision

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

Values

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

Chair

Debbie Leah

Vice Chair

Position Open

Treasurer

Laurel Skidmore

Secretary

Jacquie Matechuk

Director

Joy Steppacher

Director

Sandra Gateman

Director

Jeff Brunner

Director

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Taylor Kawaguchi

Director

Allison Comeau

Director

Tracey Radloff

Director

The Next Five Years

OUTREACH SUPPORT

We project Big Hill Haven will support as many as 200 women and children per year by 2026.

PROVIDING VITAL SERVICES

Provide ongoing support for women through Legal Aid, Alberta Works and counselling as required.

EMERGENCY SHELTER

Increase our capacity to five emergency beds assisting those in need of urgent housing.

Domestic abuse rates are the highest they’ve been in 10 years & they continue to climb. In 2018 and 2019,  23,247 Alberta women, children and seniors requesting shelter admission were turned away due to lack of available shelter space.

(CTV News,Published Thursday, December 5, 2019 4:38PM MST)

The Calgary Police Service responded to 15,038 domestic incidents from January to September 2020, which is almost 9% above average while Family Violence Info Chat service experienced an 83 % increase in use in 2020 over the same period in 2019.

(Global News,Published November 4, 2020 10:10PM MST)

HOUSING MANAGEMENT

Hiring a full-time housing co-ordinator to assist our families with living transitions.

EXPANSION

Expand up to 3 transitional housing locations and  2 full-time intensive Case Managers.

FORGING ONWARD

Hiring an Executive Director to implement strategic planning and oversee operational fundraising.

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 donatetobighillhaven@gmail.com

Cochrane Women's Emergency Shelter Society

Charitable Registration #709526099 RR0001

Box 1544, Cochrane, AB, T4C 1B5

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