Following a long and distinguished career as a leader in women’s services, Nancy Smith, Executive Director, Interval House of Hamilton, has announced her retirement effective April 30, 2022.
Since 1981, Nancy’s career has focused on humanities, and for the past 25 years on gender equity and the elimination of gender-based violence. Nancy has worked for Interval House of Hamilton since 1997. She has facilitated its growth from being solely a shelter to now in 2022 Victoria and Friends, emergency women’s shelter, legal advocacy at Jared’s Place, Hamilton Women’s Centre, Flamborough Women’s Centre and the MentorAction Be More Than A Bystander program. She has led key system changes and partnerships between Interval House of Hamilton and Hamilton Children’s Aid on reducing barriers for women with children when they intersect with both systems, increasing safety for women and children and building capacity for child welfare workers, and has created and implemented Regional Training for child welfare workers on Safety Planning for Women and Engaging Men Who Are Abusive. She has also made system changes in Education supporting women and children’s access to safe education. In collaboration with Hamilton Police Services, good practices evolved that strengthened creative safety planning and approaches supporting women and children. She has been a key presenter with many community partners locally, Provincially, and Nationally on the issue of gender-based violence and the role men play in aligning with women in ending violence against women and girls.
“Nancy has made a deeply important impact to elicit change in our community and beyond. She is a dedicated and inspired leader and a champion of equity for women and girls in Canada and the elimination of gendered violence. As a community leader she has continually ensured that issues involving violence against women and children and their safety are quickly addressed, has raised awareness about the role men play in gendered violence and has engaged creatively and effectively to help make Hamilton safer for all,” said IHOH Board Chair, Mark MacDiarmid.
Since Nancy’s appointment as Executive Director in 2015, she has enabled IHOH to achieve numerous agency awards including: 2022 - Flamborough Chamber of Commerce Award – Outstanding Business Achievement Award – Resilience Awards, 2020 - Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Accessibility Award, 2018 - Flamborough Chamber of Commerce Award – Outstanding Business – Non-Profit, and 2017 – Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Award Outstanding Business – Non-Profit – IHOH award. As well, as a recognized Canada leader in the field of women’s services and gender-based violence Nancy is the recipient of the 2020 - Recipient of Mohawk College Alumni of Distinction Award, 2019 - Recipient of Woman Who Rocks Award, 2018 - Recipient of Hamilton Hero Award, and the 2017 – Recipient of Woman of Distinction – Community Leader Award. She has also been recognized by her peers as nominee for the Ontario Premier’s Award, Hamilton Citizen of the Year, and UN Women and Children Empowerment Award.
Throughout her career, Nancy has been a mentor for many in the field and has coached numerous professionals towards achieving their career goals. For years, she has provided executive leadership to numerous non-profit organization executives. Nancy’s genuine commitment to promote others whether it’s clients or professionals was evident in all she did.
Board Chair, IHOH added “Nancy has provided a constant steady and visionary leadership to the women and children we serve at Interval House of Hamilton. We are truly sorry to see her leave and wish her all the best as she starts on her next incredible journey. Happy Retirement Nancy!”
About Interval House of Hamilton
Interval House of Hamilton (IHOH) works with women with or without children, aged 16 and up, who have experienced abuse, violence, human trafficking and/or trauma. IHOH is comprised of Victoria’s Place, the 22- bed emergency shelter on Sanatorium Road, legal advocacy at Jared's Place, and counselling and support services at Hamilton Women's Centre in downtown Hamilton and at the Flamborough Women's Resource Centre in Waterdown. The mission of IHOH is violence-free lives for all women, children, and communities. Our IHOH MentorAction’s Be More Than A Bystander partnership to end gender-based violence have grown and expanded and now includes Hamilton Bulldogs, McMaster University Athletics, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Forge FC, and SportHamilton.
Sue Taylor will lead IHOH and the Board of Directors will announce the Executive Director shortly.
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