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New executive director says work at Alternatives for Women is crucial in Prince Edward County

Julie Watson

Alternatives for Women (AFW) has announced new leadership with incoming executive director Julie Watson Executive Director, following the move by Leah Morgan to executive director of Victim Services Hastings Prince Edward
Lennox Addington in August.

“Julie’s understanding of the violence against women sector, paralegal experience and her in-progress master’s degree in counselling psychology will prove invaluable in promoting the mission and mandate of Alternatives for Women,” said Emily Cowan, AFW board chair. “Julie’s internal experience as the administrative assistant and housing coordinator has given her a deep understanding of the agency and clientele.”

Watson notes the work of Alternatives for Women will continue to be crucial in Prince Edward County and aims to not only help women survive, but thrive.

“Gender-based violence is a serious and prevalent issue in our community. We at AFW are committed to providing services and programs to those who have experienced abuse and promote empowerment for the future,” said Watson.

“AFW is also focused on providing awareness and education to the community at large in working towards the goal of eradicating domestic violence altogether. I am very honoured to be in this role and follow the path of many incredible women before me.”

Cowan notes the board looks forward to working with Watson as AFW fulfills the vision of empowering and supporting women to move beyond violence and abuse through the provision of safe and affordable transitional housing, education and outreach services.

Alternatives for Women provides free and confidential supportive counselling and second stage housing to women in Prince Edward County facing domestic violence or abusive relationships.

“Over the past year, Prince Edward County OPP responded to 244 domestic violence investigations and 37 sexual assault incidents” reported Staff Sergeant John Hatch at the Alternatives for Women AGM.

“The need for these services continues to be paramount in Prince Edward County, and the agency hopes that with continued education and support one day this cycle will be broken.”

If you are in need of support, visit https://www.alternativesforwomen.org/contact-
us or the crisis line at 613-476-2787.

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