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Gloria Jackson, Co-Chair
For the past 27 years, Gloria has been employed by Campbell River Family Services.  In 2013, she accepted the position of Coordinator of Community Based Victim Services. In addition to her management responsibilities, Gloria works on the front line with survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault. She currently serves as co-chair on the Campbell River Interagency Case Assessment Team (ICAT) and Violence in Relationship Committee (VIR).  Gloria has worked to build solid relationships with her community partners, based on her strong belief that coordination and collaboration are essential to provide effective services to survivors.

North Vancouver Island – Region 1
Gloria Jackson, Co-Chair
Community Based Victim Assistance Program
Campbell River Family Services Society
487 – 10th Avenue, Campbell River, BC, V9W 4E4
Ph: 250-287-2421
Fax: 250-287-4268
Email: gloria.jackson (at) crfs.ca


Renu Bawa

Renu works with the Victoria Child Abuse Prevention and Counselling Centre team in a front-line Community Based Victim Services role supporting children, youths, and teens, ages 3-18, who have experienced various forms of violence and child abuse. She supports children referred for police interviews, crisis intervention, and justice support throughout the court trial process. Renu also collaborates with local law enforcement members and child protection workers to help prevent harm to children. Renu started with the Ministry of Attorney General’s Vancouver Crown Counsel office in 1993.

Registered as a Clinical Counsellor (RCC), Renu runs a private practice with a full clinical caseload offering individual, family, and couples counselling. She is listed with the Crime Victim Assistance Program in BC, which supports counselling fees for clients who have experienced domestic violence and sexual assault. Renu is a steering committee member of the provincial Child and Youth Advocacy Centres, volunteering on work teams for the enhancement of these centres in BC.

Renu holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UBC and a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology. Born and raised in BC, Renu has a great love for the West Coast and its people. She is married with two “amazing” children. Her family enjoys world travel, experiencing new cultures, countries, foods, languages, and music.

South Vancouver Island – Region 2 

Renu Bawa

Community Based Victim Service Program
Victoria Child Abuse Prevention & Counselling Centre (Mary Manning Centre)
#210 – 1175 Cook Street, Victoria, BC V8V 4A1
Work Phone: 250-385-6111 Fax: 250-386-8111
Email: renu.bawa (at) vcapcc.com


Maja Misic
Maja has been working in the anti-violence sector for the past 20 years. She started her career in supporting refugee populations and addressing violence against women. Maja currently manages two counselling teams at Burnaby Family Life; both support women and children affected by violence and abuse. She offers vast knowledge of intersectional, feminist, anti-oppressive, and anti-racist practices relating to sexual, intimate, and family violence. She also provides therapy to survivors of trauma and is dedicated to creating and facilitating community-wide preventative and intervention programs. Maja loves spending time with her family and also enjoys cycling, listening to music, and practicing mindful living.

Lower Mainland – Region 3
Maja Misic
Stopping the Violence Counselling Program
Burnaby Family Life Institute
102 – 2101 Holdom Avenue, Burnaby, BC  V5B 0A4
Ph: 604-659-2217
Fax: 604-299-7910
Email: mmisic (at) burnabyfamilylife.org


Shahnaz Rahman
Shahnaz has over 25 years of combined experience as an educator, author, counsellor, facilitator, provincial coordinator of counselling programs for women and children, and as a community liaison. In her current role as the Executive Director at the Surrey Women’s Centre, Shahnaz oversees the overall management of programs and services for women who have experienced domestic violence and sexual assault.  Shahnaz’s wonderful mother continues to be her strength and hope for advancing women’s safety and empowerment.

Fraser Valley – Region 4
Shahnaz Rahman
Stopping the Violence Counselling Program/
Community-Based Victim Assistance Program
Surrey Women’s Centre Society
PO Box 33519, Central City Mall, Surrey, BC  V3T 5R5
Ph: 604-589-1868
Fax: 604-589-2812
Email: executivedirector (at) surreywomenscentre.ca


Sheri Bishop
Sheri is a Registered Social Worker in BC and has been involved in the anti-violence field since 1998.  Sheri has spent this time working in Transition House programs, Community-Based Victim Services, Stopping the Violence, and PEACE programs.

Born and raised in Prince Rupert, BC, Sheri is an ocean girl at heart, but her life path has led her inland to the beautiful Southern Interior region of our province. She moved to Merritt in 2010 and two years later, became the Agency Director for Nicola Valley Community Human Services Association (dba Nicola Family Therapy). In addition to her director duties, Sheri carries a full clinical caseload and provides individual, relationship, family, and group counselling. Sheri also serves on the board of Nicola Women in Action, which governs the Merritt Police-Based Victim Services Program.

Sheri holds a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Psychology and a Master of Social Work degree; both are through the University of Northern BC.  Sheri’s Master of Social Work thesis research focused on Vicarious Traumatization, the impacts of front-line service, and how we can best support our front-line workers.

Outside of work, Sheri likes to play with, and re-experience, life through the eyes of her six-year-old son, walk her yellow Labrador, and engage in creative activities whenever possible.

Interior – Region 5
Sheri Bishop
Stopping the Violence Counselling Program
Nicola Family Therapy
PO Box 968, Merritt, BC  V1K 1B8
Ph: 250-378-9222
Fax: 250-378-9299
Email: sheri.bishop (at) nicolafamilytherapy.ca


Okanagan – Region 6 – VACANT


East Kootenay – Region 7 – VACANT


Carlee Hughes

Carlee has been working on the front lines in the anti-violence sector since 2015 in Women’s Outreach at Arrow & Slocan Lakes Community Services (ASLCS), supporting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. A determined advocate for social justice, she has raised awareness around gender-based violence in her region through successful public education initiatives and events. Over the years, as part of her survivor-centred work, she initiated Third Party Reporting and the formation of a Sexual Assault Response and Resource Team (SARRT) for Nakusp and area.

In 2017, Carlee began teaching Trauma-Sensitive Yoga to clients, which has been very well received. A year later, she spearheaded the creation of a Men’s Anti-violence Program at ASLCS.  She is an active community member, volunteering to create opportunities for children and youth.  Carlee lives in Nakusp on the beautiful Arrow Lakes with her husband, three children, three miniature horses, a dog, and cat. She frequently takes advantage of the natural beauty in the West Kootenays by enjoying skiing, swimming, camping, and fishing.

West Kootenay – Region 8
Carlee Hughes
Stopping the Violence Outreach Program
Arrow and Slocan Lakes Community Services
P.O. Box 100, Nakusp, BC  V0G 1R0
Ph: 250-265-3674 ext 205
Fax: 250-265-3378
Email: carlee.hughes (at) aslcs.com


Nell-Anne Toegel
Nell has a BA in Psychology and a Bachelor of Social Work. She worked for 20 years in Montreal, Que. as a women’s counsellor, including seven years lecturing and supervising social work students at l’Universite du Quebec a Montreal and l’Universite de Montreal. She then worked 17 years as a Stopping The Violence counsellor in British Columbia (Richmond, Surrey, and Haida Gwaii). All her experience has been working with women impacted by violence, sexual assault, and historical childhood abuse.

In 2010, Nell had the honour of being adopted into the Naa ‘Yuuwans X̱aaydaga clan. She shares her home with two loving rescue cats.

North West – Region 9
Nell-Anne Toegel
Stopping the Violence Counselling Program
Islands Wellness Society
P.O. Box 207, Queen Charlotte, BC  V0T 1S0
Ph: 250-559-8828
Fax: 250-559-4743
Email: womenscounselling (at) islandswellnesssociety.com


Bally Bassi, Co-Chair
Born and brought up in England, Bally moved to Canada as a landed immigrant in 1988. Married with three adult children, she has worked for the Prince George & District Elizabeth Fry Society since 1994. She manages several society programs including the Community-Based Specialized Victim Assistance Program in Prince George and Quesnel, Stopping the Violence Counseling Program, Court Work, Women’s Outreach Program and Amber Transition House. Bally has facilitated various Victim Services trainings to VS workers across the province through the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

She is the Co-Chair of the Violence against Women in Relationships Committee, which identifies local issues pertaining to Community Education, Intervention, and Prevention.  Bally also serves as Co-Chair on the local Integrated Case Management Team (ICAT) in Prince George. She has participated in many immigrant and Indigenous initiatives both locally and provincially and has extensive experience in sitting at local, provincial, and national consultation tables.

Bally has her master’s in Management and Leadership, specializing in Justice and Public Safety. Her thesis was on “Building Stronger Accountability: Managing Performance in the Victim Services.”

 

North Central – Region 10
Bally Bassi, Co-Chair
Stopping the Violence Counselling Program/
Community-Based Victim Assistance Program/
STV Outreach Program
Prince George & District Elizabeth Fry Society
1575 Fifth Avenue, Prince George, BC, V2L 3L9
Ph: 250-563-1113 ext 108
Fax: 250-563-8765
Email: bally (at) pgefry.bc.ca


Donalda Beeson

Donalda was born and raised in Valemount BC and attended University at Thompson Rivers University. Since 2010, she has worked at Robson Valley Community Services (RVCS) between Valemount and McBride, holding a variety of positions. For the past six years, Donalda has spent most of her time as a Safe Shelter Coordinator, STV counsellor, and PEACE (formally known as CWWA) counsellor. Recently, she moved into a supervisory and management role at RVCS, overseeing the anti-violence services, early years programming, and future affordable housing for women and children project.

Donalda co-chairs RVCS’s local Community Coordination for Women’s Safety (CCWS) and Integrated Case Assessment Team (ICAT).

An avid downhill mountain biker, Donalda chairs Valemount’s bike park committee. She also owns an in-home yoga studio, where she teaches as regularly as her other commitments allow.

North East – Region 11
Donalda Beeson
Stopping the Violence Counselling Program/
STV Outreach Program
Robson Valley Community Services
Box 430, 942 – 3rd Avenue, McBride, BC, VV0J 2E0
Ph: 250-566-9107
Fax: 250-569-2200
Email: donalda (at) rvcsbc.org


Deanna Sudnik
Deanna was born and raised in Dawson Creek and received post-secondary training at Grande Prairie Regional College, Northern Lights College, and University of Victoria. During her time at Northern Lights College, she was offered a practicum with South Peace Community Resources Society (SPCRS) and never really left!

From 1997-2011, Deanna worked in a variety of programs within the Counselling and Victim Services Department, eventually working her way up into management. Although she missed front-line work with clients, she loved the opportunity to support and guide staff, who were often new to this work. Deanna took a hiatus from social services work to spend more time with her two daughters and to pursue some of her other interests. But after missing her anti-oppressive work, she returned to the position of Department Manager.

Deanna’s active family keeps her busy outside of work. She is also a part-time amateur cake decorator and a co-director of a local theatre company. She has an insatiable love for travel, good food, and theatre.

Floating Seat – (Region 11)
Deanna Sudnik
Department Manager, Counselling & Victim Services
South Peace Community Resources Society
P.O. Box Box 713, Dawson Creek, BC  V1G 4H7
Ph: 250-782-9174 ext 229
Fax: 250-782-4167
Email: dsudnik (at) spcrs.ca