Zoe Grams (she/her/hers)
Zoe is principal of ZG Stories: 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.
Nicolle Wayara (she/her/hers)
Nic Wayara is a queer Black woman of Luo descent who was born and raised on unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories, where she is co-creator of Seen, a podcast rooted at the intersections of collective liberation work and personal healing, witnessed through the eyes of Black and Brown queer women. Intersectional feminist teachings and first-generation experiences ground Nic’s voice and vision. Nic aims to hold space for the needs, representations, and contributions of Black women, femmes and girls in all she does.
Alessandra Smith (she/her/hers)
Alessandra is a Financial Planning & Analysis Associate with over 9 years in running complex models & budgeting processes in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. She is a fully qualified CMA and London School of Economics alumnus with a background in Economics. Alessandra has volunteered in the Drop-In centre and on the Finance Committee since moving to Vancouver from London (England) in 2018. Prior to moving she was a trainer with Good Night Out Campaign London, who are working to help nightlife spaces and organizations better understand, respond to, and prevent sexual harassment and assault.
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.
Lisa Gibson (she/her/hers)
Lisa Gibson is a transformative coach, facilitator and systems change consultant. With 25 years’ experience in local and international work, she specializes in working with individuals, organizations and communities to embed systemic change, transform belief systems, and construct alliances across diversity. Through her work with non-profits, government, and foundations, Lisa focuses on facilitation of complex multi-stakeholder processes, diversity and equity, coaching, leadership development, curriculum design, and mindfulness for changemakers.
As the Director of Living in Community for 14 years, Lisa supported the development of an innovative multi-stakeholder methodology to create health, equity and safety around sex work issues, centering the lived expertise of sex workers, while transforming the roots cause that create vulnerability. She is also founder and instructor of the Social Innovation Certificate at Simon Fraser University, and teaches systems change in a variety of settings.
As a woman of Irish, Polish and English decent, she is based in Vancouver, BC on the unceded Coast Salish lands and waters of the əsəlil̓wətaʔɬ, Xʷməθkwəy̓əm, & Sḵwx̱wú7meshsi Nations with her two children, two stepchildren and partner.
Nycki Basra (she/her/hers)
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.
Robyn Baron (she/her/hers)
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.
Tiffany Misri – On Leave
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.