For Immediate Release: St. John’s Status of Women Council Welcomes New Executive Director

St. John’s, NL – The St. John’s Status of Women Council (SJSWC) is pleased to announce that Laura Winters will be stepping into the role of executive director on Monday, June 3, 2019.

Laura is a community worker, activist and researcher, who is near completion of her PhD in sociology at the University of New Brunswick and holds a BA (Honours) and MA from Memorial University. Her work is grounded in the power of harm reduction, the importance of trauma informed care, and the prioritization of lived experience. She has been privileged to be let into the lives of many women through her front-line work with the SJSWC’s own Safe Harbour Outreach Project (SHOP), her program work at Iris Kirby House, and as System Coordinator for End Homelessness St. John’s. She brings strong feminist values, community capacity building and tremendous openness and integrity as core components of her leadership. In her spare time, Laura runs a small pottery business and can often be found enjoying time in the woods with her partner and two huskies.

The SJSWC Board of Directors and staff team welcome Laura to the role and look forward to working with her to continue to support the wide range of services our organization provides to women in our community.


Media Contact
Robyn Pike
Development and Communications Coordinator
St. John’s Status of Women Council/Women’s Centre
Tel. 709.753.0220

About St. John’s Status of Women Council/Women’s Centre
The St. John’s Status of Women Council/Women’s Centre is a feminist organization that since 1972 is continually working to achieve equality and justice through political activism, community collaboration and the creation of a safe and inclusive space for all women in the St. John’s area. The St. John’s Status of Women Council operates the Women’s Centre, Marguerite’s Place Supportive Housing Program and the Safe Harbour Outreach Project.

We’re HIRING: Executive Director

The St. John’s Status of Women Council and the St. John’s Women’s Centre are seeking a dynamic and transformative leader as its Executive Director. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is chiefly responsible for achieving our mandate, goals and objectives and working with the Board on long term vision and direction for programs and services. The successful candidate will have a deep background working with feminist organizations and demonstrated experience with organizational and community collaboration/capacity building, as well as a strong understanding of feminist/gender analysis and trauma informed practice.

You are a successful leader with a relevant combination of education and experience. With strong people management skills including coaching, mentorship and supervision, you also understand budgeting and financial management and have managed organizations with robust budgets. As well, you’re a natural communicator who demonstrates a collaborative and engaging leadership style. Other areas of focus for this role include fund development; proposal writing; education and advocacy; property management; policy development; media relations; proficiency with social media; and non-profit board governance.

If you’re interested in the role, please submit your resume and cover letter to the Selection Committee of the Board via email: Deadline for application is April 13, 2019.