Our History

The Brenda Strafford Society for the Prevention of Domestic Violence was established in January 1996 when it became apparent that there was a dire need in Calgary for longer accommodation for women leaving emergency shelters. The Brenda Strafford Foundation invited the heads of local crisis shelters and other active community members to form an Advisory Committee to suggest solutions to this very serious problem.

 

In cooperation with Calgary Housing Company, The Brenda Strafford Society for the Prevention of Domestic Violence opened its doors to women and their children who had fled domestic violence. The Centre was to provide safe accommodation for stays of up to six months with an opportunity for Progressive Housing.

 

The Centre is named for Brenda Strafford, late wife of Dr. Barrie Strafford, Founder of The Brenda Strafford Foundation Ltd.

The late Dr. Barrie Strafford and his wife the late Brenda Strafford.