Hamilton AM

Nancy Smith has an extensive background in social services, children’s services,
and human resources. She is a graduate of Mohawk College 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 / violence. In 2015,
Nancy presented at the 3 rd 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.