CCWS Working Group

The CCWS Working Group meets biannually and is a forum for discussing the challenges of policy and program implementation and resolving those challenges. Members include a broad range of system- and community-based sectors working effectively in a solutions-based model.

By creating the opportunity for discussion and analysis across disciplines and agencies, Working Group meetings provide a forum for actively resolving systemic issues. Recommendations and strategies developed by the Working Group are brought forward through the various sectors represented at the table, including relevant federal and provincial government ministries, police/RCMP and provincial non-profit organizations.

Working Group members also provide technical expertise regarding regional or local practice and legal or policy-related questions. This information is used by CCWS staff to help communities or regions effectively resolve local or regional issues.

Current Working Group Members:

  • Shashi Assanand, Founder and Executive Director, Vancouver and Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services
  • C/Supt. Dave Attfield, Deputy Crops Officer, Criminal Operations, Core Policing, RCMP “E” Division
  • Morgen Baldwin, Contracted Regional Coordinator, Community Coordination for Women’s Safety
  • Joanne Baker, Executive Director, BC Society of Transition Houses
  • Deputy Chief Shane Barber, West Vancouver Police Department
  • Thea Bracewell, Program Development Officer, Women’s Program, Status of Women Canada
  • Supt. John Brewer, Officer In Charge, Enhanced Community and Aboriginal Policing- Criminal Operations – Core Policing, “E” Division
  • Michelle Buchholz, Indigenous Community Safety Manager, Ending Violence Association of BC
  • Rosalind Currie, A/Director, Community Programs, Victim Services and Crime Prevention, Community Safety and Crime Prevention Branch, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
  • Tami Currie, A/Assistant Deputy Minister,  Ministry of Children and Family Development, Provincial Office of Domestic Violence and Strategic Priorities Office
  • Gail Edinger, Regional Coordinator, Community Coordination for Women’s Safety
  • Mavis Erickson, Wagstaffe Law Corporation, Former Highway of Tears Coordinator, Carrier Sekani Family Services
  • Cassandra Graber, Policy and Program Analyst, Strategic Operations Division, BC Corrections, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
  • Debbie Granger, Crown Counsel, Crown Law Division, Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice
  • Lise Haddock, Director, Aboriginal Initiatives for the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth
  • Debby Hamilton, Manager, Community Coordination for Women’s Safety and Interagency Case Assessment Teams (ICATs)
  • Dr. Margaret Jackson, Co-Director, SFU’s FREDA Centre for Research on Violence Against Women
  • Ninu Kang, Director, Communications and Development, Multilingual Orientation Services Association for Immigrant Communities (MOSAIC)
  • Tamil Kendall, Director, Women’s and Maternal Health, Ministry of Health
  • Shannan Knutson, Civil Policy and Legislation Office, Justice Services Branch, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
  • Lisa Lapointe, Chief Coroner, BC Coroners Service, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
  • Kamaljit Lehal, Lawyer, Lehal & Co, Barristers and Solicitors
  • Terry Lejko, Director of Practice, Coast/Northshore, Ministry of Children and Family Development
  • Jeannette MacInnis, Director of Health and Ending Violence Initiatives, BC Association Aboriginal Friendship Centres
  • Karen Martin, Disability Alliance BC (formerly BCCPD)
  • The Honourable Donna Martinson, retired judge of the B.C. Supreme Court
  • Branka Matijasic, Manager, Intake and Referral Services, Legal Services Society
  • Mark Miller, Executive Director, The John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland of BC
  • Inspector Suzanne Muir, Special Investigation Section, Investigation Division, Vancouver Police Department
  • Gus Papagiannis, NCO i/c Support Services, “E” Division Crime Prevention Services, Peer to Peer Advisor, R2MR Facilitator
  • Ann Pederson, Director in Population Health Promotion, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre
  • Tracy Porteous, Executive Director, Ending Violence Association of British Columbia
  • Clark Russell, Director, System & Service Coordination, Provincial Office of Domestic Violence
  • Amarjit Sahota, Director of Practice, South Fraser, Ministry of Children and Family Development
  • Sairoz Sekhon, Manager of Women’s Transition Housing and Supports Program, BC Housing
  • Trevor Shaw, Director, Prosecution Support, Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice
  • Jewelles Smith, LPS (Legislation, Policy and Service Responses) to Violence against women with disabilities and Deaf women, Project Coordinator, DAWN-RAFH Canada
  • Karen Spears, Manager of Service Delivery, Local Office Services
  • Catherine Talbott, Executive Director, Provincial Office of Domestic Violence, Ministry of Children and Family Development
  • Diane Turner, Lawyer, Kelliher and Turner
  • Caroline White, Program Director, Centre for Counselling and Community Safety, Justice Institute of BC
  • Sgt. Benedikte Wilkinson, Domestic Violence Unit, Vancouver Police Department
  • Heather Wojcik, Legal Analyst, Community Coordination for Women’s Safety and The Ending Violence Association of BC
  • Laura Woods, Regional Coordinator, Community Coordination for Women’s Safety and The Ending Violence Association of BC