Sherrie Botten has been the Executive Director for Rowan House Society since 2008. She oversees all aspects of the Society’s operations including the domestic violence emergency shelter for women and children, transitional housing program, outreach and community education program.
Sherrie led her staff through the infamous 2013 flood disaster while simultaneously growing client services and developing an organizational culture of trauma-informed practice throughout Rowan House Society.
Sherrie is a strong advocate for vulnerable populations and volunteers in several capacities in her community. Sherrie currently sits on the Board of The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS) and on the Regional Advisory Board for the Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN).
Because of her leadership and dedication, Sherrie was awarded the Government of Alberta Inspiration Award in 2014 for Leadership in Family Violence Prevention. Sherrie has presented internationally on the experience of Rowan House Society’s journey to trauma-informed practice and their new transitional housing models for women and children fleeing abuse.
Her passion for helping disadvantaged women and children and her dedication to family violence prevention efforts along with strong leadership has created a well respected resource for the communities of Southern Alberta, Canada.