Zebra-CentreThe Zebra Child Protection Centre is thrilled to announce that Bill Meade has joined the herd as Chief Executive Officer. Bill joins the Zebra Centre after three decades of experience in government and child and family services, serving as Assistant Deputy Minister for the Public Security, Justice and Solicitor General and Children’s Services. He also brings extensive leadership experience from his time as Chief Executive Officer of the Child and Family Services Authority in Calgary and Edmonton, and numerous other leadership positions with community and social services organizations.

After an extensive recruitment process, the Board of Directors has selected a strong leader to continue the Zebra Centre’s ground-breaking work,” says Dawn Newton, Zebra Child Protection Centre Chair. “As we celebrate the 15 year anniversary of the Zebra Centre and look to our future, Bill’s experience, vision, and leadership will guide the Zebra Centre in a new era of impact and service in our community.

Bill MeadeA two-time recipient of the Alberta Premier’s Award for Excellence and recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellow for Dedicated Humanitarian Services, Bill also brings experience as a RCMP police officer serving on the Enoch Cree Nation in Alberta – a very fitting background for the leader of the multidisciplinary team at the Zebra Centre. As a police officer, Bill has experienced first-hand the importance of the Zebra Centre and the role it plays in the healing process for young victims of abuse.

The Zebra Centre is the collaboration of partners and people coming together to support children who are victims of abuse,” explains new CEO Bill Meade. “It is also a collaborative approach to ending the cycle of violence against children, and I am honoured to lead the team at the Zebra Centre, along with our multi-disciplinary partners, to work towards a future free from child abuse.”

As the number of children and families supported by the Zebra Child Protection Centre grows each year, Bill brings a diverse leadership background well-suited to ensuring all children and their families have the services and help they need.

What is the Zebra Child Protection Centre

We bring together a community of professionals to provide a continuum of support for children and youth throughout the entire disclosure, investigative, judicial and healing process.

How are children and youth referred to the Zebra Centre?

The Zebra Child Protection Centre is not a direct reporting source. We take referrals from our onsite and community partners including the Edmonton Police Service, RCMP and Edmonton and Area Child & Family Services. When a report of abuse is made to these agencies, our goal is to bring that child in for his or her forensic interview within seven days or less – often within hours in a crisis situation.

See more information at: www.zebracentre.ca