February 27, 2018
Crystal Boys is tireless in her quest to bring a women’s and children’s shelter to Airdrie.
About two and a half years ago, Boys witnessed a man abusing a young woman in broad daylight and knew she had to do something.
The incident moved Boys greatly, bringing back traumatic memories of the abusive relationship she and her then-infant daughter escaped from, with just the clothes on their backs, 20 years ago.
After spending time healing in women’s shelters, Boys eventually flourished and is now happily married.
But Boys never forgot the impact the women’s shelters had on her and her daughter, and wanted to bring those services to local women to allow those fleeing domestic violence to do so in their community.
Thus, Boys founded Airdrie P.O.W.E.R. alongside several other like-minded women, and found her passion.
“I struggled my whole adult life with what I should do … until P.O.W.E.R., and then I knew. This is what I am supposed to do,” says Boys.
The not-for-profit organization is now fundraising for a shelter, and Boys dreams of eradicating domestic violence from Airdrie through education and preventative programs.
Alina Novacut says Boys is a humble, modest and determined person.
“I have been amazed with the commitment, passion and work [Boys] has invested,” she says. “I have all the admiration and respect for what Crystal believes in and fights for.”
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