Jenn has a passion for non-profit organizations and a steadfast commitment to the sustainability of 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, Jenn 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 at Vancity Community Business and Investment where she manages a diverse book of accounts for non-profit organizations and social enterprises, primarily in the Vancouver area.
Rysa has worked at BC Hydro for over 20 years as 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, and is the current co-chair of MoveUP’s Women’s Rights Committee. She also sits on the BC Federation of Labour’s Women’s Rights Committee. Active in the community, Rysa sits on the Maple Ridge Municipal Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusivity (MACI) and is the current Treasurer for the Fraser Valley Labour Council.
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 PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She brings strong financial literacy, accounting experience, and forecasting knowledge to WISH as Treasurer. Prior to joining the Board, Karina was a volunteer at the WISH Drop-in Centre and member of the Finance Committee. She is proud to contribute to the organization in a variety of ways.
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. 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.
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 50 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.
Nycki is presently working at Ghani Law Corp. She has a law enforcement background where she spent several years working in the DTES on the Missing Women Task Force and the subsequent inquiry. She also worked as an Outreach and Support Worker for victims of domestic violence with Options Community Services and North Shore Crisis Services. She holds degrees in Communication and Law; has extensive experience working on large projects at the local, national and international levels; and has advocated for and been successful in creating policy changes for investigations involving the most vulnerable victims, namely women and children. She has volunteered for many organizations over the years, which has included the SFU Crisis line, Rotary and University of Alberta Student Legal Services. Presently she is a member of the Vancouver Independent Order of Odd Fellows, where she helps raise funds for various organizations.
Zoe is principal of ZG Communications: a feminist marketing agency and registered B-Corporation that specializes in working with authors, media companies and not for profits who create positive social and environmental change. Through ZG she has arranged nationwide tours for leading authors; launched challenging social justice initiatives; and secured hundreds of media opportunities for change makers. Zoe was born and raised in Scotland, where she earned an M.A. in Philosophy from The University of Glasgow. She now lives as a settler on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. She is the former Co-Chair of The KidSafe Project Society and is passionate about supporting structures that can enable all people to have the resources and autonomy required to create a fulfilling life of their own vision.
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.
Maryam works as a Strategist with the Equity & Inclusion Office at UBC and holds a PhD in Educational Studies from UBC. Her commitment to working with and for communities to whom social structures offer least is shown in 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.
Carly is Métis from the Red River Métis community and a sole practitioner in law. She is counsel for two parties with standing in the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, and represents clients in child protection and criminal law matters. Carly holds 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. She has also 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.
Andi is a former street-entrenched youth who was “aged out” of foster care and placed onto social assistance in 1991. The multiple social and systemic adversities she has personally survived before and since that time have cultivated her lifelong passion for social justice, reducing stigma, and promoting genuine equity for vulnerable, marginalized people.
Since the mid-nineties, Andi has been a member of and/or volunteered or campaigned extensively with various community and social activist groups throughout Vancouver, including Spartacus Books, Amnesty International, Vancouver Co-op Radio, Collective of Parents Empowered (COPE), Moms on the Drive, End Legislated Poverty, East Side Family Place, National Youth in Care Network and First Call: BC Child & Youth Advocacy Coalition. As of June 2019, Andi has stepped into the role of Organizational Development Manager for SWAN Vancouver.
As a single mother who experienced years of involuntary self-representation in Family court, Andi was featured in AccessToJustice’s 2009 “Justice for All?” campaign, and in Westcoast LEAF’s 25th Anniversary newsletter in 2010. She contributed to the BC Public Commission on Legal Aid later that year, and was featured as one of three main profiles in the Canadian Bar Association’s “We Need Legal Aid” campaign in 2011.
Professionally, Andi has provided front-line supports, advocacy and case management for women in the DTES and throughout BC for fifteen years. Her previous roles have included Support Coordinator (PACE Society), Counsellor (Helping Spirit Lodge Society), Community Connector (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network); and from 2007 – 2018 she served as Assistant Director for Chrysalis Society.
In 2017, Andi was one of 29 community leaders featured in Central City Foundation’s Community Report “On the Frontlines of the Opioid Crisis – How community organizations and their staff are coping.“ In 2018, she participated as a Session Storyteller in the UBC SCARP Master’s Students’ year-end collective story harvest event, and presented on the topic of “Cybersexual Violence – Institutional Approaches to Policy and Victim Support.”
Andi served as Chair for Mount Pleasant Child Care Society’s Board of Directors from 2002 – 2004. She has served as an Executive Member of Pivot Legal Society’s Board since 2015.
Andi has a proven track record of excellence in front-line care and service, administrative and executive-level management, and advancing social missions and organizational growth for grassroots non-profits. An intersectionally inclusive feminist to the core, Andi is a long-time advocate and activist for safety, equality and human rights for all women, and is thrilled to have opportunity to contribute to the vital care, service and advocacy WISH provides to sex working women in the DTES.
“It is my privilege and honour to apply my skills, energy and knowledge to the meaningful promotion of social justice, human rights, equality and the empowerment of anyone harmed or vulnerable to harms because of poverty, stigma and/or the exclusion of basic protections, care and opportunity by unsound legislation/policy.”