What is Rae of Light Havens?

Rae of Light Havens is an Ottawa based, registered non-profit organization that has been in operation since June, 2013. Rae of Light Havens was founded after the loss of our niece Rehtaeh Parsons.

Helping other sexual assault and/or abuse survivors in a truly authentic way became important for us to honor Rehtaeh’s memory. Rehtaeh spent time at a family cottage the summer before she passed away where she was able to experience moments of freedom and laughter so pure we can still hear it ringing through the trees.

What We Do

Rae of Light Havens provides free short term cottage stays to survivors of sexual assault and/or abuse along with their loved ones. We also periodically offer retreats for small groups of survivors.

Who Can Apply?

Anyone who has experienced sexual assault and/or abuse within their lifetime can apply.


Our havens offers survivors a place to be surrounded by the healing forces of nature and a chance to experience rest and relaxation. Our confidential service provides both weeklong and weekend stays at a cottage that will suit not only the survivor’s needs, but the needs of their loved ones, allowing everyone to stay together in comfort.

If you are interested in staying at one of our cottages all you have to do is fill out a short application form that is available on our website, return it to us and we will start the process. You can also email us requesting a form and we will gladly send one to you.
Do you know a survivor who would benefit from a cottage stay but doesn’t know how to start the process? Simply fill out an application form and we will reach out as per your instructions.


Rae of Light Havens offers retreats periodically throughout the year where small groups of survivors gather together over a two day period to share stories and friendship.
We provide all meals and restorative activities when available.

Please email us if you are interested in attending a retreat or visit our website where you will find information about any up-coming retreats.

Donate a Cottage

If you have a cottage and would like to share it with survivors of sexual assault and/or abuse please email us and we will begin the application process to ensure that the experience is seamless for both yourself, as the cottage owner, and the survivor.

Rae of Light Havens Board Members

Shari Canning and Kim De Angelis founded Rae of Light Havens after the tragic death of their niece Rehtaeh Parsons. Rehtaeh ended her life in 2013 following a sexual assault near Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The inspiration around this concept is the word LIGHT, it represents a bright shining hope. The use of yellow in the word LIGHT and the one bird is a symbol of overcoming hardships. The bird represents survivors of sexual violence having the opportunity to soar and stand proud.

Thanks to Grace Poon for the graphics work. Her website: http://www.grayspoon.com/