Andrea Silverstone (Alberta)

Andrea SilverstoneAndrea Silverstone is the Executive Director of Sagesse Domestic Violence Prevention Society, an organization committed to breaking the cycle of violence for individuals, organizations and communities.  She is a highly respected community partner and a collaborative leader. Andrea is a Registered Social Worker and Mediator with a background in Judaic/Talmudic Law, having attended Lindenbaum College in Jerusalem and York University in Toronto. Beginning her career in Calgary at the Awo Taan Native Women’s Shelter, Andrea later transitioned into her role as the Executive Director of Sagesse. Andrea’s achievements include the 2013 Association of Jewish Family and Child Agencies Goodman Award in recognition of her development and implementation of innovative programming that addresses bullying, violence and domestic abuse in the Jewish community, the 2015 Alberta Inspiration Award for leadership in Family Violence Prevention and the 2015 RESOLVE Excellence in Community Service and Research Award  in recognition of her distinguished contribution to creating homes and communities safe from interpersonal violence and abuse. Andrea’s commitment and engagement in non-profit organizations and committees reflects her strong belief in the value of a collaborative, grassroots community approach to ending domestic violence and abuse. She believes that this is ultimately the most effective way to provide healing and hope to all those affected by this issue. In partnering with various service providers, committees, agencies, organizations and individual community members, Andrea works to raise public awareness and create a movement focused on supporting healthy relationships and preventing domestic violence and abuse. Andrea believes in innovation, creating program models and structural policy that elevates untold experiences of domestic violence. For example, Andrea has implemented a collective impact initiative to address domestic and sexual violence province-wide, she has developed programming to address the systemic nature of domestic violence in under-studied communities such as women of affluence and strives daily to ensure individuals affected by abuse and gender inequality are made visible and know that they have an ally in her.