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Board of Directors

Gloria Jackson, Co-Chair
For the past twenty-seven 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 is essential in providing 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


South Vancouver Island – Region 2 – VACANT


Maja Misic
Maja has been working in the anti-violence sector for the past 20 years. She had started her career in supporting refugee population and addressing the violence against women. Maja is currently managing two counselling teams at Burnaby Family Life, both supporting 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 is also providing therapy to survivors of trauma and is dedicated in creating and facilitating community 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, an author, counselor, facilitator, provincial coordinator of counseling 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 in 2012, she 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 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 6-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


Lindsay Bysterveld
Lindsay has been involved within the anti-violence sector since 2006 and has worked with both women and children in a variety of role. She began her career in Alberta, until relocating to British Columbia in 2011.

Lindsay has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in majoring in Sociology, minoring in psychology, and a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology. In addition, she maintains registration with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC), as a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC). She divides her time professionally as Manager of Counselling and Community Based Victim Services for the South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS), and operates her own private counselling practice, specializing in trauma therapy. Lindsay is extremely passionate about this field and finds it very rewarding to help survivors find their voices again.

Lindsay resides in Penticton, BC and is a single mom to 3 amazing children. Her interests include: going to concerts, reading, baseball, camping, yoga, and running.

Okanagan – Region 6 
Lindsay Bysterveld
Stopping the Violence Counselling Program/
Community-Based Victim Assistance Program/
STV Outreach Program
South Okanagan Women In Need Society (SOWINS)
102 – 1027 Westminster Avenue West, Penticton, BC, V2A 1L4
Ph: 250-493-4366
Fax: 250-493-3158
Email: csc (at) sowins.com


East Kootenay – Region 7 – VACANT


West Kootenay – Region 8 – VACANT


Nell-Anne Toegel
Nell has a BA in Psychology and a BSW.  In Montreal she worked 20 years as a women’s counsellor including 7 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.

She had the honour of being adopted into the Naa ‘Yuuwans X̱aaydaga clan in 2010 and 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 where 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 identifying local issues pertaining to Community Education, Intervention and Prevention.  And also Co-Chair on the local Integrated Case Management Team (ICAT) in Prince George. Bally has participated in many immigrant and Indigenous initiatives 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


North East – Region 11 – VACANT


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. It was during her time at Northern Lights College that 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 working front line with the clients, she loved the opportunity to support and guide the 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 before returning to the position of Department Manager after missing Anti-Oppressive work.

Deanna’s very active family keeps her busy outside of work with their activities. 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