Tanya MacKinnon, the executive director of Maggie’s Resource Centre in Bancroft announced on May 26 that Cheryl Easton will be their new chairwoman of the board. MacKinnon and Easton comment to Bancroft This Week on this new appointment to the Maggie’s Resource Centre board. In a media release sent out to Bancroft This Week on May 26, MacKinnon said that Maggie’s Resource Centre was pleased to announce that Easton would be appointed as the new chairwoman of the board by unanimous decision of their board of directors. It said that as a lifelong resident of Bancroft, Easton has a proven track record of volunteerism and investment in the community.
Maggie’s Resource Centre is a community based not for profit agency that provides a wide range of services from a feminist perspective to rural women in North Hastings. They provide crisis counselling, information and advocacy, transportation to a safe environment, referral to community services, court support, a counselling program to support and empower women, twenty-four-hour access to emergency support services, access to resource material and community education on issues of violence against women and children, including violence prevention. Their office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and for more information, staff can be contacted at 613-332-3010. An after-hours crisis line is also available at 613-332-3010, which will be transferred to an answering service operator who will direct the call appropriately.
According to the media release sent by MacKinnon, Easton is committed to upholding Maggie’s vision as chairwoman of providing services to women and working towards the goal of freedom from violence for all women and the empowerment of all women to live peacefully and to achieve their full potential.
“The board of directors has full confidence that Cheryl is prepared and able to lead the organization through the imminent changes and advancements that are on the horizon for Maggie’s. Congratulations Cheryl, we are excited for what is to come,” she said in the release.
Easton told Bancroft This Week on May 26 that she was honoured to be stepping into the role of chairwoman of the board and that she’s appreciative of the confidence that the board of directors had in entrusting her to carry Maggie’s forward to their next chapter.
“I am very excited about the changes and advancements that are imminently happening at Maggie’s, which will provide a more fulsome range of resources and services to the women in our community. I am looking forward to working with our board of directors and our community in a collaborative effort to achieve the goal of freedom from violence for all women,” she says. “We will continue to strive for the empowerment of all women to live peacefully and to achieve their full potential.”
Michael Riley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Bancroft Times