Ninu Kang, 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.
kang [at] endingviolence [dot] org
604-633-2506 ext. 119
Habiba Rashid, Senior Manager of Finance and Administration
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.
rashid [at] endingviolence [dot] org
604-633-2506 ext. 110
Kate Rossiter, Senior Manager of Provincial Services
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 was the Coordinator of the Safe Choices LGBT2SQ+ Support and Education Program from 2015-2021.
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).
rossiter [at] endingviolence [dot] org
Wendy Potter, Senior Manager of Cross-Sectoral Services
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).
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.
potter [at] endingviolence [dot] org
Corinne Stavness, Senior Manager of Prevention Services and Communications
Corinne brings a passion for equity, inclusion and diversity built working with traditional, industrial workplaces in BC to create respect, access and opportunity for everyone. She has held executive positions in communications, diversity and inclusion and stakeholder relations, with experience in private sector, government and not-for profit organizations.
Her passion and knowledge about gender based violence has expanded since joining EVA BC in 2018 to grow the reach of our Be More Than a Bystander program to workplaces. In that time, she has developed partnerships with some of the largest organizations in BC. Today, Corinne is responsible for EVA’s prevention programs, including the Be More Than a Bystander kids and workplace programs, corporate and union training and resources, and SHARP Workplaces, a federally-funded project focussed on preventing and responding to workplace sexual harassment. She also leads EVA’s Communications department, and is responsible for media relations and outreach.
When not at work, you can find Corinne enjoying the beaches of Vancouver Island with her amazing husband, daughter, son and dogs.
Laura Woods, Manager of Provincial Services
EVA BC’s Manager of Provincial Services, Laura Woods, has been working in the anti-violence field for over 25 years, and as part of the Provincial Services Team at EVA BC since early 2015. Laura came to EVA BC with extensive experience as a frontline anti-violence worker and program manager for transition houses and women’s centres.
Most of her experience has been in Community-Based Victim Services, working with survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault and abuse. Her special interest was supporting and advocating for marginalized women. Laura was awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the Surrey RCMP for her work on the high profile “tag team rapist” case with multiple survivors, where one of the offenders was sentenced to 22 years, and the other to 18.
Prior to joining Community-Based Victim Services, Laura was a life skills facilitator, family support worker, Children Who Witness Violence (now PEACE) program coordinator, therapeutic foster parent, reporter and adult educator.
This frontline experience stands her in good stead as one of the “go to” people for questions and concerns from EVA BC members regarding service delivery, program administration and other issues or challenges they are facing.
Laura shares her home with a very spoiled Pekinese/Coton du Tulear designer dog. She has an adult daughter and two adorable grandchildren 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.
woods [at] endingviolence [dot] org
Perminder Flora, Anti-Violence Program Lead
With almost 30 years of experience in the anti-violence sector, Perminder’s commitment to facilitating culturally responsive and trauma-informed access to violence prevention services for victims and survivors across diverse communities is unwavering.
Perminder is a graduate of SFU and her career commenced with providing direct services to victims of crime and counselling support to survivors of gender-based and sexual violence. Prior to joining EVA BC, she worked at MOSAIC in various roles and had the opportunity to develop and implement programs that addressed the intersecting systems which create barriers for multiculturally diverse communities. She used her knowledge gained from working front line to inform the development of new projects and initiatives to support survivors and service providers. Perminder has contributed to the development of multiple trainings, policies and best practices across sectors and nationally.
In her role as an EVA BC Project Lead, Perminder brings her enthusiasm and expertise to supporting the development of the SHARP Workplace Sexual Harassment Program and to working with the EVA BC team.
flora [at] endingviolence [dot] org
Samantha Matute, Project Coordinator, Anti-Racism and Hate Response Training
Samantha Matute is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies. In her studies she focused on the impact that political and economic decision-making has on marginalized communities. As an immigrant in Canada, she is extremely passionate about community participation and safety for refugees and immigrants. When not burying herself in her work, Samantha loves reading, taking care of her houseplants, enjoying live music and visiting art galleries.
matute [at] endingviolence [dot] org
Fiona Jackson, Communications Manager
Fiona comes to EVA BC from the co-op housing sector with more than a decade of experience leading member engagement and communications for a member association. She is excited to join the team at EVA BC and grateful for the opportunity to share her skills and experience in support of its mission to work to end gender-based violence.
Fiona was born and raised in BC and when not working, she enjoys reading widely, exploring wild places, running and swimming, and spending time with friends and family.
fjackson [at] endingviolence [dot] org
Ashley Humphrys, Program Coordinator of Prevention Services and Communications
Ashley Humphrys (she/her) has held professional roles in project management, communications, and education in both for-profit and non-profit sectors.
She strongly believes that educating bystanders, workplaces, and the public by having meaningful and impactful conversations is one of the best ways to end gender-based violence. She has contributed to developing and executing content for training programs improving on inclusive terminology, facilitation techniques and increasing participant comfort with discussing uncomfortable topics.
Ashley graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Criminology and Philosophy. Her passion in the anti-violence field started during her degree through volunteering at crisis lines and supporting domestic violence non-profits.
Outside of work, Ashley enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.
Fiona Pierce, Program Coordinator of Technology and Cross-Sectoral Services
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.
pierce [at] endingviolence [dot] org
Gurpreet Chauhan, Administrative Coordinator of Provincial Services
Gurpreet Chauhan completed her BA in Psychology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Law Enforcement Studies Diploma at Justice Institute of British Columbia. She is thrilled to support her colleagues on the Provincial Services team. In her spare time, you will find her biking local trails , discovering new restaurants, enjoying a good memoir, and searching for different baking and cooking recipes.
chauhan [at] endingviolence [dot] org
604-633-2506 ext. 121
Alicia Liau, Administrative Coordinator of Administration and Finance
Alicia brings enthusiasm and strong administrative experience to her role with EVA BC. Alicia has a passion for helping people facing social and economic challenges and has volunteered for more than ten years as an advocate for CHIMO Community Services in Richmond where she assists clients in crisis. She joined EVA BC in September 2021 and is excited by the organization’s mission and pleased to share her strengths and experience with the team.
When not busy helping others, Alicia is driven by her curiosity and love of food to explore the world and its cuisines.
liau [at] endingviolence [dot] org
Renee Graham, Administrative Coordinator of Prevention Services and Communications
Renee comes with a strong coordination and research background, previously working in for-profit organizations. With a passion to help strive for an equitable community, she is incredibly excited to start a new chapter in the non-profit sector working to end gender-based violence.
In her spare time she enjoys reading, walking with her two cats, experimenting in the kitchen, and spending as much time as she can outside with her friends and family.
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.
yuris [at] endingviolence [dot] org
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.
regular [at] endingviolence [dot] org
Debby Hamilton, CCWS Regional Coordinator
Debby Hamilton is thrilled to be rejoining the Community Coordination for Women’s Safety team at the Ending Violence Association of BC.
Debby is a leader in multisector response for women, youth and children impacted by intimate partner violence and is a provincial pioneer for collaborative risk identification and safety planning for intimate partner violence. She is a founder of the first Interagency Case Assessment Team (ICAT) in the North Okanagan Interagency Case Assessment Team (ICAT). Improvement and coordination of community response to intimate partner violence is her specialty and area of interest.
Debby was with EVA BC’s Community Coordination for Women’s Safety from 2014-2019. She gave presentations, workshops, and training about identifying and mitigating high-risk domestic violence using woman-centred, trauma-informed, anti-oppression principles. She also responded to requests for consultation and advice from a diverse range of professionals on topics related to intimate partner violence. Debby comes with established stakeholder relationships, both internal and external. She is familiar with the criminal justice system, child welfare, legal, anti-violence agencies, health, various government groups and Indigenous organizations.
Before her time with EVA BC, Debby was an Executive Director of a busy, unionized, 35-employee anti-violence organization that provides shelter, counselling, support for sexual and intimate partner violence survivors, both children and adults. In addition, Debby spent years in frontline anti-violence work with both EVA BC member programs and transition houses.
hamilton [at] endingviolence [dot] org