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Sandra Muir Reilly, Ed.D., BSCN,RN

Sandra Reilly, an associate professor at the University of Calgary, has advocated for families in crises or in need of respite. In the early 1980s, she wrote the proposal, secured the funding, and organized Alberta’s first 24/7 crisis nursery. As longstanding chair of the charity’s Evaluation Committee, she witnessed an expansion that would include: the Healthy Families Program for newborns, the Community Respite Program for in-home support, daycare, and day home placement, and Brenda’s House for the re-housing of homeless families. Together, they have benefitted over 60,000 infants and children. In 2016, Charity Intelligence Canada recognized the charity as one of Canada’s best.