The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, Cayman’s only women’s shelter, elected a new executive committee at its annual general meeting this month.
Board member Denise Gower is the newly elected chairwoman of the organization. She is joined by Melisa Johnson as vice chairwoman. Johnson is also chairwoman of the fundraising committee.
Zena Merren-Chin was re-elected as secretary and William Fleury was re-elected as treasurer. The other board members are: Richard Simms, Dawn McLean-Sawney, Charmaine McGowan and Janette Goodman. Taking her role as chairwoman, Ms. Gower thanked outgoing chairman Len Layman for his contributions to the women of Cayman.
“Len has left behind big shoes to fill. He has a vision for the Crisis Centre that we will continue to strive towards, that being to eventually close the doors of the Centre because its services are no longer required,” she said. The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre provides temporary housing and services for victims of domestic violence and their children, helping them find lives free from violence.
The Crisis Centre also provides a child and youth aftercare and outreach program, sponsored by Hedge Funds Care. The organization has an active fundraising committee that works to raise the $250,000 per year needed to keep the Crisis Centre operating.
“I am proud to have been one of the founding members of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre and honored to have been chosen to lead the organization since it opened its doors in 2003,” said Mr. Layman. Since that time, staff at the facility have helped more than 900 women and their children as they worked to transition to lives free of violence.
“I am grateful for all who have helped make the [Crisis] Centre what it is today, and confident the new board will continue to provide these much needed services to our community,” he said.
The Crisis Centre has a 24-hour emergency hotline on 943-2422.