For the past 15 years Patricia Vargas has been the Executive Director of A Safe Place, where yearly over 700 women and children seek safety. She holds a BA and MA in Political Sciences an MBA from University of Alberta. Her thesis “Governance Model for a Global Network of women’s shelter” was the catalysts for the Ottawa submit for Shelters in 2009 which led to a commitment of the creation of a Global Network. She has been a United Nation Canadian delegate several times and has participated and presented in several conferences and forums internationally both in Latin America, the US and Europe. Pat is also a board member of the Inter-Americas Network and was instrumental in the development of protocols to transfer women from shelter to shelter internationally a project funded by Beyond Borders. Pat is currently a board member of the Global Network of Women’s Shelters and the Chair of the Governance and Membership Committee; her task has been to ensure that the GNWS meets all the requirements to become a legal entity –something that soon will come to fruition.