With over 30 years working in senior leadership roles in the not for profit sector, the focus of Deb Tomlinson’s career has centered in the areas of sexual assault/abuse and domestic violence. Most recently, Ms. Tomlinson was Project Development Manager of Connect Family and Sexual Abuse Network where she led a group of diverse multidisciplinary stakeholders in the development of a new collaborative model of service aimed at increasing access to services for people affected by both domestic violence and sexual assault/abuse. Prior to this, Ms. Tomlinson held senior management roles with Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse, Three Trilliums Community Place, the Cheshire Homes Foundation and the Canadian Association of Independent Living Centres. Ms. Tomlinson is passionately committed to addressing the issues of sexual assault and sexual abuse. She previously held the position of Provincial Coordinator for the former Alberta Association of Sexual Assault Centres (AASAC) from 1999 to 2006. A significant accomplishment during her tenure was the successful acquisition of provincial government funding for specialized sexual assault services in the province - a first for Alberta.
As of May 15, 2013, Ms. Tomlinson will resume her work with AASAS (Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services), this time as Chief Executive Officer. She is very excited to once again have the opportunity to lead the province, raising awareness about sexual abuse and sexual assault, and ensuring access to services and support for those many Albertans whose lives are affected.