Local realtors brave the cold for women in shelter
Despite unseasonably frigid temperatures, Regina’s Royal LePage Realty planned and staffed a giant garage sale on May 2-3 to raise money for Isabel Johnson Shelter. The initiative was part of a national initiative by the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation.
The garage sale was held in Emerald Park, and despite the weather, was warmly received. The May event was one of a series of fundraisers the real estate company has carried on behalf of Isabel Johnson Shelter for a number of years.
Royal LePage staff pictured below (left to right) are Troy Gordon, Megan Dunn, Raegan Cooper, Jennica George, Isabel Johnson Shelter Manager Carol Yoner, Jessica Dunn, and Jason Rumpel.
YWCA Regina Announces Appointment of Chief Executive Officer
The Board of Directors of YWCA Regina is pleased to announce the appointment of Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen as Chief Executive Officer, effective February 23, 2015. Coomber-Bendtsen succeeds Executive Director Deanna Elias-Henry, who is retiring after serving 18 years in the senior leadership role.
Throughout her career, Coomber-Bendtsen has demonstrated the capacity to exercise strategic leadership in response to community need. In her professional and personal roles, she is a passionate advocate for social justice, and has been actively involved in issues including homelessness, violence against women, missing and murdered Aboriginal women, and the rights of women, children, the LGBTQ community, and workers.
Most recently owner and operator of Regina’s Amazing Adventures, Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen was previously a member of the senior management team at YMCA of Regina for eight years. In her capacity there as General Managing Director of Community Development and Childcare, she had oversight of a $6.5 million budget and a staff team of over 200.
“YWCA Regina has a proud history, spanning more than a century, of advancing the cause of women and addressing community need,” says Diana Adams, President of the Board of Directors. “We look forward to the continuation and growth of that tradition as Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen brings her significant leadership strengths and vision to the YWCA team.”
While serving at YMCA, Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen led a significant expansion of a range of community programs in the areas of employment, education, housing, and outreach. Her priorities included partnership development with private, governmental, and community organization sectors; staff engagement and training; strategic planning; outcome measurement and reporting; and fund development strategy and support.
“Nationally and locally, YWCA has taken the lead in the empowerment of women and girls, and that’s a legacy I want to build on,” Coomber-Bendtsen says. “My vision is that YWCA Regina, in partnership with many others, will become a driving force in safety and security for women, will lead our community in the elimination of homelessness, and will be a key player in fostering positive child development and healthy families.”
Coomber-Bendtsen graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Education, and her background includes restorative justice work with young offenders, and developing and leading English as a second language programs for Francophone RCMP troops.