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Monday, 11 April 2011 11:38

Cole named new executive director of Southwest Crisis Services

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Emily Rempel, vice-president of Southwest Crisis Services, announced April 11 that Teresa Cole has been hired as the agency’s executive director and will commence her position on May 1.

“We are so very pleased to introduce Teresa as executive director of our agency,”  Emily indicated.  “Our organization is indeed fortunate to have someone of Teresa’s calibre working with us.”

Cole brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, both in management and in community relations. Raised in Swift Current, Teresa is pleased to have had excellent employment opportunities throughout her career in her home community. Most recently, she has been employed with Great Plains College for the past 11 years in numerous capacities including instruction, program co-ordination, marketing, planning, and organizational accountability. She served as interim CEO for the college since August 2010.

An active volunteer, Cole has had a long association with Swift Current Little Theatre, serves as secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Swift Current and has worked with the Dr Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation, served as an ESL tutor, volunteered with Cypress Health Region, delivered arts programming for Canadian Mental Health and a helped out with Lyric Theater events.

Her association with Southwest Crisis Services began in 2003 when she joined the board of directors for a five year stint, serving as secretary as one year and president for two years.

Cole stated: "My experience on the board let me see the excellent work Southwest Crisis Services does, the need for its services, and how the people of the southwest generously support our organization. I am excited to have this opportunity to build on that work and relationship-building thanks to our dedicated staff and volunteers, high-calibre board members, and past executive directors for whom I have tremendous respect."

Southwest Crisis Services is non-profit, charitable organization committed to building healthy families and communities. The agency provides crisis intervention service through the Safe Shelter and the 24-Hour Crisis Line; as well as support services through the outreach programs for women, men and children.

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