Executive Director - Finance, Administration and Operations
Acting Executive Director - External Affairs
Ms. Toni Wheeler, R.N. and M.B.A., joined Haven Society in March of 2019 as our Acting Executive Director. In June of 2019, Toni was awarded the position of Executive Director - Finance, Administration and Operations. Toni comes to Haven Society with extensive experience in both Healthcare and Community sectors in senior leadership roles. She has proven skills in business development and change management with a focus on the development of organizational strategy in order to ensure effectiveness and sustainability for all stakeholders. She has keen interest and expertise in board governance and is currently a Board Director for the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation. Prior to relocating to Nanaimo, Toni was a Board Director for the Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Services/Housing First. She is also a member of The Institute of Corporate Directors.
As a community leader, Toni is committed to Haven Society’s mission is to promote the integrity and safety of women, children, youth and families and the development of a respectful and healthy community, creating strong, respectful stakeholder relationships, volunteerism, and professional development.
Former Executive Director (On Leave)
Anne Taylor, M.S.W., has been leading Haven Society since March 2014. Anne has worked as an Executive Director, consultant, educator, program developer, clinical practitioner, and supervisor in the area of gender based violence for over 35 years.
Anne is passionate about responding to victims of gender based crimes to ensure their dignity and overall recovery. She focuses on building community collaboration and partnerships, which are key to ensuring relevant and community based responses.
Board of Directors
Haven Society started over 40 years ago by dedicated volunteers wanting to make a difference in their community; women who were looking to provide a safe place for other women and children who were experiencing violence. Although we've grown substantially over the years and our volunteers have different roles, we still fundamentally have the same vision and purpose.
Our Board of Directors are very different in character, career and experience, but they all share a common goal: offering a positive social response for women and children who experience violence.
Our board members dedicate their time to ensure Haven operates efficiently and sustainably. As an organization, we are thankful for their dedication, passion and hard work, for sharing our vision, and for promoting the safety of women and children in the Mid-Island area.