Tracy Porteous, Executive Director
Tracy Porteous is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in BC who first became involved in the anti–violence field over 30 years ago as a volunteer on the crisis line at the Victoria Women’s Sexual Assault Centre. She went on to join that agency’s staff and eventually became their Executive Director.
In 1995, Tracy relocated to Vancouver to become the Executive Director of the Ending Violence Association of BC, a provincial association that supports over 220 anti-violence programs across BC who specialize in responding to sexual and domestic violence, child abuse and stalking. EVA BC develops resources, training and programs, and works collaboratively with a wide range of public authorities to develop and coordinate policy and practice to enhance safety for those who are vulnerable to violence and abuse.
In 2010, Tracy participated in BC’s first Domestic Violence Death Review Panel. She is also a member of the Provincial Integrated Recovery Council of BC, the National Victim Policy Centre’s Advisory Committee and has been working with related organizations in British Columbia for many years fostering better and more coordinated ways for the sectors to work together and increase safety. In March 2013, she was appointed to the Canadian Delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, where she presented on engaging men and boys as allies in preventing violence against women and girls. In October 2014, Tracy was one of five women from across Canada honoured with the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case.
Ninu Kang, Associate Executive Director
Ninu has held numerous leadership roles in her career, including as Board President at both the Women’s Research Centre and at Battered Women’s Support Services. Ninu was one of the founding members of the Punjabi Women’s Association and of the South Asian Community Coalition Against Youth Violence. She also co-chaired the Ending Relationship Abuse Society of BC.
While at MOSAIC for nearly 30 years, Ninu served as a member of the Executive Leadership Team in addition to her work in the community, such as leading the Surrey Organizing Against Racism and Hate Network to facilitate dialogue to establish best practices, raise public awareness about racism and hate activities, and develop response strategies to address these incidents in Surrey.
With an academic background in Economics and Counselling Psychology, Ninu has worked as a researcher and consultant on projects with a community-based action focus. She has facilitated training in anti-violence and anti-racism across North America and the globe, recognized as a leader and visionary in the field. As well, she has consulted with various women’s groups and community organizations regarding issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
On a personal note, Ninu enjoys hiking, yoga, meditation, and sharing vegetables from her garden with neighbours. Born in India and having moved to Canada at age ten, she says she embraces her role of “walking in two cultures” within Surrey’s South Asian community.
Habiba Rashid, Office Manager
Prior to joining the EVA BC team, Habiba was a Program Manager at Cornerstone Academy, coordinating a Computerized Accounting Program for individuals on Employment Insurance trying to re-enter the workforce. Habiba also worked at MOSAIC in different capacities, assisting to connect new immigrants with counsellors who spoke their language and coordinating jobs skills training programs. Her unique skill set has always been working with vulnerable populations and sensitive issue areas.
Passionate about her community, Habiba has taken on a number of volunteer roles focusing on children, education, women’s development and community building.
Habiba was educated in Pakistan where she earned her B.A. degree, majoring in Economics. She has been in Vancouver for 25 years with her husband and is a proud mother of two amazing children. In her spare time, Habiba loves sewing and gardening.
Laura Woods, Program Manager
EVA BC’s Program Manager, Laura Woods, has been working in the anti-violence field for almost 20 years, both as a program manager and a frontline support worker. Most of her experience has been in Community-Based Victim Services and in Women’s Centres, working with survivors of relationship violence and sexual assault and abuse.
Most of her frontline experience was in the Whalley area of Surrey. Her special interest was supporting and advocating for that area’s more marginalized women. This frontline experience stands her in good stead as the ‘go to’ person for questions and concerns from EVA BC members regarding service delivery, program administration and other issues or challenges programs are facing.
Laura shares her home with a very spoiled pug and two lazy old cats that are all rescues. She has one adult daughter of whom she is ridiculously proud. She could be an accomplished cook, gardener and writer if she did not waste so much time on social media.
Kate Rossiter, Research & Projects Manager and Safe Choices Program Coordinator
Dr. Kate Rossiter (she/her) is a researcher and educator with expertise in the areas of gender-based violence and trauma, mental health, and criminal justice. She earned her PhD in Criminology from Simon Fraser University, before undertaking a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Canadian Observatory on the Justice System’s Response to Intimate Partner Violence. Kate is responsible for many of EVA BC’s research, training, and capacity building projects, and is the Coordinator of EVA BC’s Safe Choices LGBT2SQ+ Support and Education Program.Kate is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, with the FREDA Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children, and Co-Investigator with the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations (cdhpi.ca).
Heather Conn, Communications Manager
Before she became EVA BC’s Communications Manager, Heather Conn led a Mentors in Violence Prevention program and organized Be More Than a Bystander events with six high schools on BC’s Sunshine Coast.
She is passionate about educating the public regarding abuse and trauma and helping survivors bring a voice to their experiences. Heather is completing a memoir about her own healing process as a survivor.
A former BC Transit communications manager and magazine editor for the BC Human Resources Management Association, she has written for more than 50 publications including The Vancouver Sun and Edmonton Journal.
Heather has worked as a freelance writer, editor, and writing coach and has taught writing at various post-secondary venues. She is the author of two nonfiction books and two fictional picture books. A history graduate from the University of BC, she has a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative nonfiction from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.
Heather is a trained SoulCollage facilitator and loves hiking, kayaking, environmental activism, travel, and arts and crafts.
Wendy Potter, CCWS Program Manager and Manager of Special Projects
Wendy has worked in the anti-violence field for more than 20 years, most recently as a Program Manager in the Victim Services and Crime Prevention Division of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General (MPSSG). In that position, one of her responsibilities was to oversee the quarterly reports submitted by EVA BC. Wendy also was one of our presenters at our 2017 Annual Training Forum for the session, “Third Party Reporting: A Report from the Provincial Work Team.”
Before her role at MPSSG, Wendy worked for many years at the Sexual Assault Service at BC Women’s Hospital. In this role, she provided support to, and advocacy for, sexual assault survivors, training and education to a variety of service providers, and support to communities interested in improving their sexual assault response.
Both prior to and while working at the Sexual Assault Service, Wendy held a number of community support roles including as an STV Counsellor at WAVAW and as a Community-Based Victim Services (CBVS) Worker at Family Services of Greater Vancouver.
Wendy is passionate about advocating for the needs of survivors of gender-based violence, especially those who face the most barriers to accessing services, as well as supporting communities and programs in the best way possible. She is also committed to working from an intersectional feminist perspective and to the ongoing work, learning, and education that is involved in that commitment.
In her spare time, Wendy enjoys reading, iced lattes, volunteering at The Dance Centre in Vancouver, supporting dance and the arts in all its forms, spending time with family and friends, and being outside.
Jessica Lee, Project and Communication Coordinator
Jessica Lee (she/her) is a graduate of University of British Columbia with a BA in Art History and English Literature. She has worked at various non-profit art galleries, often with a focus on public education programming. Jessica also has experience as a front-line Youth Worker at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, where she coordinated after school and settlement programs for at-risk and newcomer youth ages 8 to 18. More recently, she returned to the world of visual arts, working at a private art gallery as the administrative assistant. For fun, Jessica enjoys cooking, visiting contemporary art exhibitions, practicing yoga and nurturing her patio garden.
Misha Dhillon, Research & Projects Coordinator
Misha Dhillon recently completed her M.A. in Sociology at the University of British Columbia, where she engaged in research exploring South Asian female heterosexuality from an intersectional feminist perspective. Previously, she has worked as a teaching assistant in the department of Sociology and as a research assistant, developing curriculum materials related to gender, sexuality, and social inequality. Misha is passionate about anti-violence work, and is very excited to be a part of the EVA BC team.
Fiona Pierce, Administrative Assistant
Fiona Pierce is a graduate of Royal Roads University with a BA in Justice Studies. She has worked for organizations in the international cooperation and conflict resolution fields. Her roles have varied between administration, communications and customer service. Fiona loves to keep busy and volunteers for many different non-profits in the greater Vancouver area. In her down time she loves to spend time with family and friends, baking lots of sweets, and breathing in the fresh air while biking and hiking on the west coast.
Kristi Yuris, CCWS Program Manager
Currently CCWS Program Manager, Kristi started as CCWS Regional Coordinator in 2017. She has an undergraduate degree from Simon Fraser University and a law degree from the University of British Columbia.
Kristi has worked in the feminist anti-violence and legal advocacy communities for over 20 years. Prior to her time with EVA, she provided support and legal advocacy services to a range of communities including survivors of gender-based violence, people living with HIV/AIDS and people living with mental health and substance misuse issues. She also has extensive experience providing workshops on public legal issues and practical skill building to clients, advocates and service providers across a range of sectors. In her spare time, Kristi enjoys hiking, yoga, snow sports of all kinds, reading and spending time with her beloved dog Frankie.
Nancy Regular, CCWS Regional Coordinator
Nancy Regular is a passionate anti-violence advocate who joined the CCWS team as a Regional Coordinator in July 2019. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies at the University of Calgary. Upon leaving Calgary she returned home to the East Kootenays to work implementing and coordinating the East Kootenay Sexualized Assault Response Team and to work front line in a transition house. In her spare time, she enjoys paddleboarding, reading, and spending time outdoors.
Natalie Dunbar, Legal Analyst
Natalie Dunbar joined EVA BC and the CCWS team as legal analyst in February 2019. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia and a law degree from the University of Manitoba.
Natalie has always been passionate about justice. From the start of her legal career, she worked in poverty, criminal and administrative law. She volunteered for the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted. After a decade of legal practice, Natalie shifted gears to manage a transition house while completing a Justice Institute leadership program. Most recently, Natalie has worked as an arbitrator.
Natalie and her dog (Bugsy Malone) spend their spare time walking, reading and listening to vinyl with her husband, kiddos and large extended family.