YYC Community Builders - The Discovery House

Continuing with our series, Discovery House has been an important YYC Community Builder for nearly four decades. Discovery House was founded in 1980 as the first post-emergency women's shelter in Calgary. For more than 35 years, our programs and services have evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of women and children. Discovery House plays a predominant role in breaking the cycle of domestic violence in our city by finding safe and sustainable housing and providing support services for women and children.

Domestic violence, however, continues to lurk in the shadows not far from where we all live and
work. We need many hands in many places to begin to bend the curve on domestic violence
downward. Real and sustainable cultural change is grounded in the actions of many. As a
community, we own this agenda and we must work together to open the doors on collaborative

Monique Auffrey is Executive Director of Discovery House and brings to the role both experience and a successful track record locally, nationally and internationally in leadership, program and fund development. Monique was recently re-appointed as an International Advisory Board Member to the Global Institute of Social Work. She also serves as a community volunteer for the Sunalta Community Association and Two Wheel View. She is a both a leader and innovator in today's non profit sector.

CFN thanks both the Discovery House and Monique for the tremendous work in helping build community in YYC and in doing so, helping to make our great city the best it can be. For more information visit their website and to hear Monique's own words on the Discovery House and the role non-profits play in society simply watch below.

YYC Community Builders: Discovery House from CFN Productions on Vimeo.