WISH Board of Directors 2018
Photo Credit: Emily Kydd
Jenn McGinn – Chair
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 Munroe – Treasurer
Karina holds a CPA, CA accounting designation, and works as an accounting manager at lululemon athletica. She has previously worked as a financial auditor with Pricewaterhouse Coopers 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.
Tiffany Misri – Secretary
Tiffany is a Staff Solicitor with the City of Burnaby, where she focuses on general corporate and real estate development matters. Prior to joining the City of Burnaby, she previously worked in the corporate and real estate groups at two national law firms. In the past, Tiffany has volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada and the Student Legal Assistance Program at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law both of which provide legal services to low-income individuals. Tiffany is pleased to join the WISH Board and is committed to upholding WISH’s values. She looks forward to contributing to the valuable work that WISH provides to the community.
“By way of background and introduction I will share that I am Métis from the Red River Métis community. I was called to the British Columbia Bar in May of 2018 and am working as a sole practitioner. I am counsel for two parties with standing in the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. Additionally, I represent clients in child protection and criminal law matters and have had the privilege of writing Gladue Reports for individuals in both Provincial and Supreme Courts of British Columbia.
I have a Juris Doctor from the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia with a specialization in Aboriginal law; post-graduate coursework in Indigenous history from the University of British Columbia; Bachelors of Arts Honours Degree in History from Carleton University.
I was honoured to have the experience of working with Indigenous communities as a researcher for the Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association, 19 Stó:lō nations for a challenge to a treaty that would give away their fishing grounds, the Métis Nation of Ontario and with Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in as an articling student. I have worked closely with Indigenous peoples in their encounters with the justice and child protection systems through the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for two years, as a temporary articling student, legal assistant and advocate and as the inaugural Articling Student.”
Maryam’s (she/her/hers) commitment to working with and for communities to whom social structures offer least is evidenced by her scholarly, professional and advocacy work over the past 15 years. She has successfully developed and implemented a range of strategic, programmatic, educational and policy initiatives in the capacity of a policy researcher, educator, community planner, evaluator and funder. Centrally, her work orbits the politics of identity as it bears on institutional inclusions and exclusions as informed by her position as an immigrant working and living on the unceded, ancestral, traditional lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Maryam works as a Strategist with the Equity & Inclusion Office at UBC and holds a PhD in Educational Studies from UBC. She lives in East Vancouver with her partner and two young children.
Nycki has 21 years of law enforcement experience where she spent several years working in the DTES on the Missing Women Task Force and the subsequent inquiry. She is presently a member of the Vancouver IOOF, where she helps raise funds for various organizations. She holds degrees in Communication and Law. She has extensive experience working on large projects at the local, national and international levels. She has advocated for and been successful in creating policy changes for investigations involving women. Presently, she is an articling student completing her requirements to become a lawyer. She has volunteered for many organizations which have included the Red Cross, Western Canada’s Wilderness Committee, the Canadian Cancer Society, Student Legal Services (where she worked with marginalized women), Rotary and the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace. She has been a member of various boards over the years, presently she is on the RCMP National Gender and Harassment Advisory Board.
Robyn is a lifelong advocate for women’s rights who has both volunteered, and worked professionally, with a wide variety of social justice organizations for the past 20 years. She currently focuses the majority of her work on gender equality, social inclusion, and violence against women issues at home and abroad. Over the course of her career, Robyn has provided gender and social inclusion related support to over organizations – including donors, national governments, non profits, and the UN – in more than 50 countries. Robyn grounds all her work within a feminist political analysis that aims to help non profit organizations build equitable, inclusive, spaces welcoming to all (self-identified) women.
Rysa has worked at BC Hydro for over 20 years; a dedicated union activist who is deeply committed to ensure all voices are heard, no matter what their social, sexual or economic status is. Recently Rysa was elected to the position of Vice President of Utilities with MoveUP, Rysa is the current co-chair of MoveUP’s Women’s Rights Committee and also sits on the BC Federation of Labour’s Women’s Rights Committee. Participating in day of Lobbying the Provincial Government on Women’s right to protections, health and safety, trying to also make into law job security when people are affected by intimate partner violence. Rysa is also very active in the community; she sits on the Maple Ridge Municipal Advisory Committee on Accessibility and inclusivity (MACI). Rysa is also the current Treasurer for the Fraser Valley Labour Council, which is a chartered body of the Canadian Labour Congress founded in 2007 and representing approximately 12,000 members from affiliated union locals in the Fraser Valley area. FVLC strives to improve the lives of working people in the Fraser Valley.
Stephanie works as a Development Assistant for St-Paul’s Hospital Foundation and, previously, worked for RBC as 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.
Zoe Grams is the principal of ZG Communications, a feminist marketing agency and registered B-Corporation dedicated to promoting stories that create positive social change. Their clients include publishers such as Arsenal Pulp Press, Bloomsbury and Farrer, Strauss and Giroux; The Vancouver Writers Fest; The RAISE Collective; Speech & Hearing BC and BMO Vancouver Marathon. Her writings about politics and culture appear in a variety of publications. Prior to founding ZG, she gained an MA in Philosophy from The University of Glasgow and worked for PR agencies in London and Vancouver, specializing in not-for-profit marketing and cultural media relations. She emigrated to Canada from Scotland, where she was born and raised, and is grateful to live on unceded Coast Salish territory. She is Co-Chair (soon to be former Co-Chair) of The KidSafe Project Society.