24-Hour Family Violence Helpline

403.234.SAFE (7233)  


"My son and I are no longer afraid and have started a new chapter."

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Emcee and Speaker Bios


Cathy Jones

Cathy.jpgCathy Jones is a comedy veteran. For nearly three decades, she has been an audience favourite. Her catalogue of performances extends across television, film, and theatre, where she has evolved her talents to become a household name in Canadian comedy. 


After co-founding the award-winning comedy troupe CODCO, she became an original cast member of This Hour Has 22 Minutes. She is the only performer to star in all 27 seasons of the legendary CBC comedy show. 


Cathy’s accolades precede her reputation, winning the ACTRA Award of Excellence in 2013, as well as an incredible 18 Gemini Awards for her work as a writer and performer. On top of this, Cathy was honoured with the Canadian Screen Icon Award in 2016. 


She is well respected and loved for her characters, one-woman shows and stand-up comedy. Beyond her lengthy career and many achievements, Cathy is a passionate advocate for the environment, a Buddhist, a mother, and a proud grandmother who works and writes from her eco-home on the East Coast.


Dave Kelly

Dave.jpgDave is an award-winning writer, host and interviewer who has led thousands of conversations with global leaders, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and folks from all walks of life. 


His trademark personal style brings out the human side of the people he interviews and has landed him in stadiums talking with the likes of Barack Obama and Ellen, to online chats with Jann Arden and Andy Kim.  








Lana Wells


Lana is Associate Professor and the Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, Alberta where she is leading Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence. 


She received the Alberta Inspiration Award in Leadership in Family Violence, recognized as a PEAK scholar from the University of Calgary, received the John Hutton Memorial Award for Social Action/Policy from the Alberta College of Social Workers and honoured in the YW’s She Who Dares 150 Women Project. In 2017, she received the University of Calgary Teaching Award for Curriculum Development for the co-creation of Advancing Healthy and Socially Just Schools and Communities graduate certificate program.


Lana has consulted and partnered with non-profit agencies, the government of Canada and numerous international organizations in a variety of diverse disciplines and sectors; focusing on organizational and system change processes, prevention research and social policy. 


Her current research interests include engaging and mobilizing men and male-dominated spaces in violence prevention and gender equality. 

Client Testimonials

My time at the Shelter kept me from harm. It also gave me the hope I thought I had lost. 

~ Jan

It’s still amazing to me that such a simple step as one phone call could so dramatically change a person’s life.

~ Catherine

After 50 years of marriage I didn’t want to leave him, but now I know how to keep myself safe in my own home.


It felt great to break the silence. I told my counsellor things about my marriage that I have never told anyone because I felt so ashamed.

~ Sierra




24-Hour Family Violence Helpline
403.234.SAFE (7233)
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