Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland NS: Seeking Board Members

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia (E Fry) was created in November of 1982, and is an affiliate of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies. E Fry provides services to women who are in, or are at risk of, conflict with the law. E Fry works to ensure fair treatment in the criminal justice system, and supports and empowers women in their communities and in prisons. We believe that all women can make a positive contribution to their communities.

E Fry received funding from the Homelessness Partnering Strategy to buy and renovate Holly House. Our staff and offices (except the Café Team) are located on the first floor of Holly House. On the second and third floors we provide supported housing for women. Our federal and provincial outreach coordinators provide support and counselling appointments at Holly House, in the community and at the federal and provincial prisons.

Our Thyme Café is a social enterprise funded by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education. Within a working café setting, staff support women, 16 and older, to gain work experience by learning cooking and baking, customer service, operating a cash register, catering, food safety and sanitization, and provide certification in Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and  First Aid. Participants also have access to counselling and housing at Holly House.

We are looking for Board Members who are willing to:·        

  • learn about and support the mandate of the Elizabeth Fry Society·        
  • attend monthly Board Meeting s(3rd Thursday of each month)·        
  • participate on one Board committee ·        
  • bring their enthusiasm, skills, and commitment to this work·        
  • serve for two years·        
  • and, of course, bring Your Sense of Humour  –  it’s a Must!!  

At this time, we have a particular need for a treasurer and someone with legal skills.

If interested, please contact:
Pamela Harrison, Board Co-chair at pharrison@bellaliant.net

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