Southwest Crisis Services hires Heather Lennox as Executive Director

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Heather Lennox will lead Southwest Crisis Services into its 30th anniversary year as the organization’s new Executive Director. Heather is well known in the social service sector in the southwest through her previous employment with Saskatchewan Abilities Council - Partners in Employment Program.  Lennox says, “I am looking forward to working with a well-established non-profit organization that services the communities of Southwest Saskatchewan well.”

Heather brings past work experience in an administrative capacity as well as over 20 years of service work with the vulnerable sector and education credentials of a Bachelor of General Studies degree with Business Management and Rehabilitation focuses to her new position.

Joanne Matsalla, President of the Board of Southwest Crisis Services, is pleased with the smooth transition taking place. “We have enjoyed working with our current Executive Director, Teresa Cole, and wish her well as she leaves us for new pursuits, and the Board is very excited to have Heather on board to grow the organization in new ways”, says Matsalla. The official change in leadership will take place on March 1 with Lennox and Cole currently working together through a 2-1/2 week transition period.

“It feels like the right time for this transition both personally and for the organization,” notes Cole who has been Executive Director since May of 2011.  “I’ve always believed that organizations need different skill sets at the helm at different points in their development and I am sure Heather’s combination of business and social service experience will help us serve our clients in new and even better ways.”

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the Safe Shelter and 30th anniversary of the organization, with a new leader now ushering it into its fourth decade of service to the region. Southwest Crisis Services is non-profit, charitable organization committed to building healthy families and communities, with a focus on abuse, domestic violence and related crises. The agency provides crisis intervention service to the southwest region through the Safe Shelter and the 24-Hour Crisis Line, as well as education and support services through the outreach programs for women, men and children and in-school violence prevention education sessions.

The office of the Executive Director has recently relocated to #315 – 12 Cheadle Street West (Professional Building) in Swift Current. For more information on Southwest Crisis Services, call 306-778-3386 or email or check their website at

Organizations: Southwest Crisis Services

Geographic location: Southwest Saskatchewan, Swift Current

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