WISH Staff

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mebrat Beyene (she/her/hers) 

Mebrat is an Eritrean, born in Ethiopia and raised in Montreal. As executive director of WISH and co-chair of Living in Community, Mebrat supports women and initiatives related to the health and safety of women and gender-diverse people engaged in street-based sex work. 

She has worked in social justice, and non-profit management and community development for over twenty years. Mebrat has worked closely with women and women-serving organizations as a Programs Officer with Status of Women Canada; and served as executive director of PeerNetBC. She is also a recipient of the 2020 YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Award in the Non-Profit category. 

In a volunteer capacity, Mebrat sits on the boards of the Equality Fund and Pivot Legal Society; serves on the City of Vancouver’s Black History Month Planning Committee, and also volunteers with the Vancouver Youth Choir. She lives in East Van, doing as much singing, adventuring and plotting with her son…much to their cat’s chagrin. 

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

Ty Mistry (she/her/hers) 

For 15 years, Ty has strived to foster inclusive environments for individuals engaged in sex work.  She has worked as an outreach coordinator, facilitator, educator, senior director, and social planner to develop health, safety, and anti-stigma strategies alongside sex workers, allies, collectives, and organizations. 

At PEERS Vancouver, Ty had the privilege to lead a dedicated team in the delivery of rights-based, sex-worker centered programs and services, designed to aid in self-determined life transitions. 

At the City of Vancouver, she was the lead planner responsible for the implementation of The City of Vancouver’s Sex Work Response Guidelines and the installation of The West End Sex Workers’ Memorial. 

As the Director of Programs, Ty is honoured to support our mission-driven staff at WISH meet the diverse needs of the women we serve. Outside of work, her happy place is anywhere in nature with her husband Bob. 

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Communications & Media Manager

Estefania Duran (she/her/hers) 

Communications@wishdropincentre.org 

T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 124) 

Development Manager 

Jan Hawkins (she/her/hers) 

development@wishdropincentre.org 

T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 123) 

Development & Communications Coordinator 

Hannah Morgan (she/her/hers) 

devcoord@wishdropincentre.orgg 

T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 125) 

Finance Manager  

Carol Minchinton (she/her/hers) 

finance@wishdropincentre.orgg 

T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 126) 

Finance and Office Administrator 

Jeanie Parkinson (she/her/hers) 

admin@wishdropincentre.org 

T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 105) 

Human Resources Manager  

Joannye Belanger (she/her/hers) 

hr@wishdropincentre.orgg 

T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 120) 

Operations Manager  

Emily Kydd (she/her/hers) 

hr@wishdropincentre.org 

T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 102) 

Payroll and Benefits Administrator  

Sukhleen (she/her/hers) 

wishpayroll@wishdropincentre.orgg 

T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 121) 

PROGRAMS STAFF

Drop-In Manager 

Julia Freitas (she/her/hers) 

dimanager@wishdropincentre.org 

T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 116) 

Drop-In Supervisor  

Shelby Vredik (she/her/hers) 

disuper@wishdropincentre.org 

T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 117) 

Inreach Worker  

Jenny Sloman (she/her/hers) 

inreach2@wishdropincentre.org 

T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 106) 

Inreach Worker  

Sonya Kim (she/her/hers) 

inreach1@wishdropincentre.org 

T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 103) 

Kitchen Supervisor 

Monica Tosetti (she/her/hers) 

kitchenmanager@wishdropincentre.org 

Learning Centre Coordinators 

Danielle LaFrance (she/they)  

Lucy Alderson (she/her/hers) 

T: 604-669-9474 

MAP Van Manager 

Dana Krementz (they/them/their or she/her/hers) 

mapvan@wishdropincentre.org 

T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 114 

MAP Van Supervisor 

Robyn Dekinder 

mapsuper@wishdropincentre.org 

T: 604-669-9474  

Musical Therapists  

Christina Tsikata (she/her/hers) 

Lucy Thomas (she/her/hers) 

T: 604-669-9474 

Supportive Employment Program Manager  

Eva Ureta (she/her/hers) 

supportiveemployment@wishdropincentre.org 

T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 104) 

Supportive Employment Supervisor  

Autumn Gauthier (she/her/hers and they/them/theirs) 

sepsuper@wishdropincentre.org 

T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 108) 

C: 778-223-6389

Shelter Manager  

Cassandra (she/her/hers) 

sheltermgr@wishdropincentre.org 

T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 110) 

Shelter Supervisor  

Stephanie (she/her/hers) 

sheltersuper@wishdropincentre.org 

T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 112) 

Respite and Sanitation Supervisor  

Shayla Heggs (she/her/hers) 

respite@wishdropincentre.org 

T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 115) 

Transitions Service Coordinator  

Nicole Payer (she/her/hers) 

wishtransitions@wishdropincentre.org 

T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 113) 

Volunteer & Community Resources Manager 

Carrie Hill (they/them/their) 

volunteers@wishdropincentre.org 

T: 604-669-9474 (Ext. 122) 

Knowledge and Values Advisor  

Mary Shearman (she/her/hers or they/them/their) – On Leave 

T: 604-669-9474