Message from the Dixon Board Chair: Executive Director Announcement

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To our Dixon supporters,

It is an understatement to call these changing times. At Dixon Transition Society we are hyper alert to the enormous adjustments made necessary by the COVID-19 pandemic. As stewards of a housing organization for women and children fleeing violence we are vigilantly following the guidelines of the authorities.

Huge though this is, it is not the only change facing Dixon.

Pany Aghili, our long-time Executive Director, has decided to move on at the end of April this year. We are enormously grateful to Pany for the vision, passion and hard work she has brought to Dixon since she started with us nine-and-a-half years ago.

Pany and the Board have developed a plan for a smooth transition and will stay in regular communication during this time of change.

Pany leaves Dixon a well-connected, progressive organization with an engaged workforce. We wish her all the best in her next venture and will certainly miss her.

The Dixon Board has retained a recruitment agency to conduct our search for a new Executive Director. Check our website soon for the job posting.

Unsettling times like these mean a spike in demand for the crucial services we offer. We appreciate your involvement more than ever. Thank you for your interest in Dixon Transition Society and for your support.

Stay well and stay in touch!

Anita Webster
Board Chair

COVID-19 and Dixon Transition Society

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At Dixon Transition Society, the safety of our staff and clients is always a priority.

Transition houses and safe spaces for women and children are an essential service: this is still true during a pandemic. In fact, upheavals like this can increase the risk of violence for women, so our work remains as important as ever.

During this pandemic, we continue to prioritize health and safety while continuing to offer quality services. We want to share some of the measures we are taking to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Our Transitional Housing Programs continue to operate.

Front line staff continue to come to work and provide essential services to our current residents while practicing caution, good hygiene, and social distancing measures.

Staff who can provide services remotely are working from home.

Our Holdom administration office is effectively closed until further notice.

However, our Holdom staff continue to work remotely. Get in touch.

We are temporarily not accepting any in-kind donations. We have also temporarily suspended volunteer activities and events, with the exception of our grocery shoppers, who continue to deliver groceries to our transition house while practicing social distancing. Thank you, grocery shoppers, for continuing to give your time and effort!

We are so grateful to our frontline staff who continue to work and support women and children fleeing violence under such extraordinary circumstances.

We are also so grateful for our community of supporters for making the work we do possible.

Take care of yourselves, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

The strength to carry the weight of responsibility: A story from Tara, Women’s Support Worker

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In honour of International Women’s Day on March 8th, we’re sharing stories from the amazing women who work on the front lines of our programs, from counsellors to support workers. Every day, they work hard and show great compassion to the brave and resilient women who come through our doors.

“One story that stands out to me is the first intake I did with a woman who came to the transition house about a month ago. She came with her young child.

They had to find their way to Dixon with only $2 in her bank account—not enough to pay for bus fare for even one of them.

She shared with me how embarrassed she felt to not be able to pay, so she wrote a note for the driver saying that she was traveling to a transition house. The driver wasn’t sympathetic and rudely asked her to just sit down.

I could tell that the encounter, along with the weight of leaving her abusive partner, had really taken a toll on her.

She told me she had wanted to cry, but she didn’t want to show weakness in front of her child.

It really put into perspective the huge weight and responsibility of being a mother experiencing the impacts of domestic violence.”

Tara is a Women’s Support Worker at Dixon House.

Every year, over 500 women and children seek safety, guidance, and hope at Dixon. You can help.

Celebrate International Women’s Day by donating to Dixon Transition Society.

When you make a donation to Dixon Transition Society, you show women that you believe in them, you believe in their right to be safe, and you want them to have every opportunity to build a healthy, thriving life free from violence.

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