Gail Thornhill is the Director of Supportive Housing at Stella’s Circle, a leading non-profit community organization and an Incorporated Ministry of The United Church of Canada in Newfoundland & Labrador. Stella’s Circle provides services to adults who face barriers from fully participating in the community. These barriers could include mental health challenges, poverty, homelessness, criminal justice involvement and unemployment. The mission of the organization is to transform lives by offering real homes, real help and real work.
Gail has a Masters in Social Work and has worked in the housing and homelessness sector for 17 years. At Stella’s Circle, she oversees the supportive housing team which offers tenant relations, wellness programming and a variety of safe and affordable housing options. Stella’s Circle has 76 housing units and works in partnership with 35 private landlords. Gail also oversees Naomi Centre, an emergency shelter for young women. Annually, the Centre offers temporary accommodation, advocacy and case management services to more than 120 women and responds to 2000 requests for service.
Part of Gail’s role includes community capacity building. She serves on the boards of Cochrane Community Outreach and Performance Centre, End Homelessness St. Johns, and most recently completed a term with The Newfoundland and Labrador Housing and Homelessness Network. Gail also provides training, mentorship and support to eight Housing Support Workers located in various locations of rural Newfoundland and Labrador.