The Cowichan Housing Association’s Board of Directors is very excited to welcome Shelley Cook to the role of Executive Director.
Shelley has over 20 years’ experience working with highly disadvantaged populations including people living in states of absolute homelessness and criminally involved/at-risk youth and adults. She has extensive experience in program and community development and the development of housing (under a range of models) in both BC and Ontario. Prior to returning to university to complete her doctoral studies, Shelley was the Executive Director of John Howard Society (2003-2014) based in Kelowna, B.C.
She has remained very active in addressing issues of social justice through her involvement in local/provincial committees, initiatives, and community-based research promoting inclusion and equity for marginalized populations. In 2017, Shelley received a national award in innovation and urban sustainability for her efforts to address homelessness. She is passionate about the need for coordinated and upstream approaches to program development that consider the cumulative effect of different dimensions of disadvantage.
Shelley brings a fresh and well understood approach to developing capacity within the Cowichan Valley Region to increase our inventory of affordable housing.
Shelley will begin her role September 7, 2021.
We would like to thank and acknowledge the exemplary work our Interim Executive Director Bev Suderman and our staff have provided to ensure a smooth transition.