Board of Directors

North Vancouver Island – Region 1 – VACANT

South Vancouver Island – Region 2 – VACANT

Lower Mainland – Region 3 – VACANT

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)

Sheri Bishop, Co-Chair
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, Chair
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)

Elaine Pelletier
Elaine has been a Registered Clinical Counsellor since 2014, working in child mental health, child sexual abuse, and, since 2017, in the STV program at the Family Resource Centre (FRC) for the North Okanagan in Vernon. At FRC she has also worked with women who have postpartum depression and occasionally, with the men’s trauma program. In 2020, the Women’s Trauma Program at FRC started three small, phase-3 trauma therapy groups for women transitioning out of individual therapy to focus on integrating their hard-won gains. Elaine’s practice focuses primarily on somatic, body movement, and art therapy for people working through trauma. She enjoys travelling to visit all four of her adult children, who live in other BC communities. Elaine volunteers for projects close to her heart. Still an artist and dancer at her core, she paints and dances whenever possible.

Okanagan – Region 6 
Elaine Pelletier
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Family Resource Centre
#201, 3402 27th Ave, Vernon, BC V1T 1S1
Ph: 250-545-3390 ext. 217
Email: EPelletier(at)

East Kootenay – Region 7 – VACANT

West Kootenay – Region 8 – VACANT

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)

Lynnell Hallikowski
Lynnell has worked in the anti-violence field since the early 1980s. She started as a volunteer with the Prince George Sexual Assault Centre (PGSAC), then moved on to similar work throughout the region, followed educational pursuits, and had four amazing children. Lynnell returned to PGSAC in 1997 as an STV Counsellor and is now the Executive Director. Her passion for this field comes from a long line of family members who have dedicated their lives to community service, advocacy, and anti-violence work.


North Central – Region 10

Lynnell Hallikowski
Executive Director
Prince George Sexual Assault Centre
193 Quebec St., Prince George, BC V2L 1W1
Ph: 250-564-8302
Fax: 250-564-8303
Email: executive.director (at)

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, V0J 2E0
Ph: 250-566-9107
Fax: 250-569-2200
Email: donalda (at)

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)