WISH Board of Directors 2017
Photo Credit: Emily Kydd
Emma Watkinson – Chair
Emma is a development officer who has many years of experience working and volunteering in non-profit organizations. She believes in supporting women to make their own decisions, to have a voice that is heard, and to challenge the thinking, actions and systems that contribute to the oppression of women. Emma brings a keen eye for governance, strategy and non-profit operations, as well as a belief in contributing to the community. She was previously a board member of WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton.
Stacey Freeman – Vice Chair
Stacey Freeman currently works as the Regional Autism Manager for the Pacific Autism Family Centre. She began her career working with the Canadian Red Cross, Oxfam Canada, and as a policy researcher for indigenous legal rights. It was at this time that she began working with disability claimants in Ontario. After moving to British Columbia to complete her Master’s Degree she continued her work with individuals with disabilities through her work with Access and Diversity as well as BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital. In these roles she worked with stakeholders to develop business relations, revenue programs and outreach programs.
Sarah Ciarrocchi – Treasurer
Sarah is a lawyer at Mandell Pinder LLP. Her firm provides legal advice to Aboriginal groups and Aboriginal individuals and Sarah specializes in the area of economic development. She has always been interested in advocating for women, and marginalized women in particular, and is concerned with social justice issues. In the past Sarah has volunteered with Vancouver Rape Relief, Victim Services, and PIVOT (assisting with a report on legalizing prostitution).
Sarah Orr – Secretary
Sarah is an Industrial Relations Officer at the BC Employment Standards Branch, where she mediates and adjudicates employment disputes. Prior to this she practiced civil litigation at two different law firms in Vancouver. She volunteers at Access Pro Bono’s summary legal advice clinics, and she has volunteered as a mentor for the YWCA’s High School Mentorship program. Sarah believes that WISH plays a vital role for survival sex workers in the community, and she is committed to helping WISH continue its excellent work.
Jenn has a passion for non-profit organizations and also has a solid understanding and steadfast commitment to the sustainability of the sector. She has spent most of her career either working or volunteering in the sector. Her non-profit employment has included WISH’s close partners, PACE Society and the Surrey Women’s Centre as their Director of Development. In a voluntary capacity, she served as President of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Britannia Community Services Society and as President of the Federal Riding Association for Vancouver East. Her community engagement also includes her role as a former NDP MLA for Vancouver-Fairview. Jenn is currently an Account Manager of Community Business and Investment where she manages a diverse book of accounts for non-profit organizations and social enterprises, primarily in the Vancouver area.
Karina is a chartered professional accountant at Colliers International. She previously worked as a financial auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Karina brings strong financial literacy, accounting experience, and forecasting knowledge to WISH. Prior to joining the Board, Karina was a volunteer at the drop-in centre and member of the Finance Committee. Karina is excited to be a part of the WISH Board and is proud to contribute to the organization.
Minda is a policy analyst who joins WISH with years of experience working in government and for non-profit organizations. Having worked for AIDS Vancouver Island and the Yellowknife Women’s Society Minda takes a deep interest in advocating for access to necessary health services. Minda strengths are policy and program development and fundraising. In the past, Minda has volunteered with the Dr. Peter’s Centre.
Stephanie works for RBC and most recently was a manager at a local branch within the East Vancouver area. Previous roles include operations, HR and sales management. Adopted to a Caucasian family, her Aboriginal heritage is important to her and she understands that not all Aboriginal girls and women are in safe and supportive environments which is why she strongly believes in supporting Aboriginal women who are vulnerable in our community. She co-leads an internal employee Aboriginal Resource group at RBC and is passionate about volunteering and supporting vulnerable women in our communities.