Good afternoon, everyone.
Welcome to the 120th meeting of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women.
This meeting is in public.
Today we will resume our study on the system of shelters and transition houses servicing women and children affected by violence against women and intimate partner violence.
For this, I am pleased to welcome, via video conference, Cynthia Drebot, executive director at North End Women's Centre.
From the South Shore Transition House Association, Harbour House, we have Jennifer Gagnon, executive director.
From the Tearmann Society for Abused Women, we have Donna Smith, executive director.
From the Victoria Faulkner Women's Centre, we have Samantha Lacourse, coordinator, A Safe Place.
Thank you all for being here.
I will now turn the floor over to you, Ms. Drebot, for your opening statement. You have seven minutes.