Kingston Interval House Executive Director to step down

Pam Havery is retiring at the end of August 2023. Photo via Kingston Interval House.

The Executive Director of Kingston Interval House, Pam Havery, is stepping down from the position at the end of August. She is retiring after a lengthy career leading women’s organizations and violence against women shelter services.

According to a release from Kingston Interval House (KIH), Havery assumed the Executive Director position in 2014, when the Agency was facing many organizational challenges and uncertainties. Under her leadership, Kingston Interval House has evolved into a vital agency in our community providing invaluable services to women and children experiencing intimate partner violence.

Havery began her career in 1985 at Kingston Interval House, and was pleased to return to KIH in 2014 to assume the position of Executive Director.

Kingston Interval House said that their agency has grown significantly during Havery’s tenure. Among her numerous achievements is the development of a fundraising program and strategy to build the financial capacity of the agency. KIH continues to attract new sources of revenue from government and other granting sources, and has increased its donor base and annual donations.

Labour relations were stabilized and strengthened under Havery’s leadership, according to the release, as evidenced by four successfully negotiated collective agreements for the agency. Of particular note, the essential services of Kingston Interval House remained available during the pandemic, including 24/7 shelter services. With Havery’s guidance, the agency’s two locations provided the safest spaces possible for both clients and staff during this unprecedented time, the agency stated.

Margaret Kennedy, Kingston Interval House Board Chair noted, “On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to express our deep appreciation to Pam for a job well done, and for her dedication to our mission and the women and children we serve.”

According to the release, the Board of Directors has begun a search to find a successor to continue to build upon the strengths of Kingston Interval House.

“I’m very grateful to have worked with such great board members, staff and volunteers during my time with the agency. It has been my pleasure to work alongside such a committed and compassionate team,” Havery expressed. “The time to retire just feels right now.”

Learn more about Kingston Interval House on their website.

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