Productions with Nancy Smith
Be More Than a Bystander
Nancy Smith has an extensive background in social services, children’s services, and human resources. She is a graduate of Mohawk College's Child and Youth Worker Program, and completed education at Queens University in performance management. For over past the 38 years, she has held senior management and leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector focusing on program development for both children and adults.
Throughout Nancy’s career she has worked in various communities throughout Ontario. She has done extensive work in children’s services and policy work at Queen’s Park impacting changes to the Young Offenders Act and Child and Family Services Act. Nancy started with Interval House of Hamilton in 1997 as Program Manager. Through this work she coordinated with the Flamborough communities on how to provide better service for women experiencing abuse in rural and suburban areas developing a best practice protocol. She was instrumental in partnering with Hamilton Children’s Aid on strengthening collaboration that improves intervention strategies and safety plans that support women’s ability to be safe while raising their children in a healthy environment free from abuse and violence. In 2015, Nancy presented at the 3rd World Shelter conference in the Netherlands on Engaging Men in Ending Gender-Based Violence. Most recently through IHOH’s MentorAction program has partnered with The Hamilton Bulldogs, McMaster University Athletics and The Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the Be More Than A Bystander program. The number of partnerships with major sports teams in one city is the first of it’s kind in Canada.
Nancy has been in the role of Executive Director with Interval House of Hamilton since early 2015. In 2017 she was the proud recipient of YWCA’s Woman of Distinction Award for Community Leadership and IHOH received Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Award - Non-Profit.