Gaelene Askeland has been named executive director of the Journey Home Society.
Askeland has more than seven years of experience leading non-profit organizations that focus on social justice issues. Journey Home is Kelowna’s strategy to combat homelessness.
“I am thrilled to join the Journey Home Society and look forward to implementing the strategy to address homelessness in our community,” Askeland said in a press release. “We have an amazing opportunity to pull the community together and find creative solutions to challenges that our whole country is facing. We have a significant task ahead of us, but the strategy is in place and the time is right to get it done.”
Askeland will report to the Journey Home Society board of directors. She will work on preventative measures to divert people at risk of losing their home into community-based prevention supports, developing an integrated and coordinated system that will ensure that those who are living without homes or who are at risk of losing their home will have access to the supports they need when they need them, and eliminating chronic and episodic homelessness by 2024.
Journey Home is still looking for board members and will be accepting applications until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday.
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