IWS was formed over 30 years ago. The society has undergone some name changes along the way but we have worked to stay true to our roots and continued to strive towards our mission statement: to provide a variety of services in a safe and supportive environment. These services help to promote empowerment, overcome trauma, address violence, promote equality and enrich the lives of children and families on Haida Gwaii.
It was all started back in 1983 by a small group women who gathered on a regular basis to address the main issues that they were facing at the time. This group quickly became a Society, in order to be eligible for Women’s Centre funding. In the early 1990’s policies, consensus decision-making, mission statements and Women’s program funding were the main topics on the agenda.
Over the next two decades, the Society grew by adding the Victim Assistance Program, the Women’s Counselling Program, the Outreach Program, the Child Care Resource and Referral program and then the Children Who Witness Abuse Program.
In 2013, we embarked on a new adventure as Islands Wellness Society and celebrated thirty years of offering services on Haida Gwaii. We unveiled our new hummingbird logo, and have been working towards being a resource organization for all families in our communities.
COME JOIN THE BOARD AT THE ISLANDS WELLNESS SOCIETY!
Board of Directors
Our board of directors, like our organization, is an evolving group. All members have a keen interest in seeing IWS progress and move forward into a more dynamic organization to support the families and communities of Haida Gwaii. Their interest and volunteer status shows their commitment to ensure that Provincial funds are stretched to cover every possible aspect of our island’s families. If you are interested in joining the board at IWS, we would love to hear from you!
Our wonderful, amazing, talented, and inspiring Board of Directors currently consists of:
Amy’s bio here
Amy’s photo here
Jenn’s bio here
Jenn’s photo here
Leslie has worked for non-profit societies in Daajing.giids (Queen Charlotte) for over 30 years. Her main role has been financial administration and co-ordination. She has also been an active volunteer, serving on many non-profit boards. She has been the Treasurer of the Haida Gwaii Museum Society, the Chair of the Queen Charlotte Youth Education Society which runs the Living and Learning School, and a director of a local international development organization that existed in the 90s called the Haida Gwaii Global Links Society. She has been involved in local politics and community planning for many years and was elected to the Village of Queen Charlotte Council, serving two terms from 2008 to 2014.
Leslie was here in 1983 when IWS was formed as the island Women Society and she knew all the founding directors. She has always appreciated the contributions IWS has made to the communities, by supporting families and individuals of Haida Gwaii and has personally benefitted from that work. Leslie brings her expertise and enthusiasm to her role as board director for the Islands Wellness Society and looks forward to supporting the exceptional staff that make up the organization.
Lindsay joined the IWS board in 2015. She comes to the team with a background in non-profit management and community engagement, and she has worked with community-based organizations across the Americas and Africa before starting her life on Haida Gwaii. Lindsay works as a Healthy Settings Advisor with the Population and Preventive Public Health team – and when she isn’t working, she can be found hiking and foraging food with her daughter, partner and dogs.
Administration is the support system of the programs at Islands Wellness Society. Our Administrator is responsible for the behind-the-scenes activities, our good standing with the Ministry, and ensuring that the lights are turned on, the door is open and there are happy people on the inside to help you with whatever you need.
She feels lucky to be a part of the IWS team and a resident of Haida Gwaii!