Tracy Porteous, Executive Director
Tracy is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and leader in the Canadian anti-violence sector, having spent the past 39 years working to address gender-based violence through providing services to survivors and their families, developing policy and programs, contributing to legislative advancement, cross-sectoral training and collaboration.
In 2020, Tracy was inducted into the Order of British Columbia and was also bestowed an Honorary Doctorate from the University of British Columbia.
Tracy is a three-time Governor General of Canada medal recipient, was a member of BC’s Domestic Violence Death Review Panels, has testified to federal Parliamentary committees, spoken as a Canadian delegate at the United Nations, is a member of the National Domestic Homicide Prevention Committee as well as the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability.
Tracy co-launched the ground-breaking, award winning Be More Than a Bystander: Break the Silence on Gender-Based Violence campaign with the BC Lions Football Club.
Tracy is currently the Executive Director of the Ending Violence Association of BC, a provincial association supporting over 300 anti-violence programs and initiatives across BC that respond to sexual and domestic violence, child abuse, and criminal and sexual harassment. Tracy is also Co-Chair of the Ending Violence Association of Canada.
porteous [at] endingviolence [dot] org
604-633-2506 ext. 11
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. 15
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. 10
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). 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.
potter [at] endingviolence [dot] org
Corinne Stavness, Senior Manager of Communications and Prevention Services
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, 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.
woods [at] endingviolence [dot] org
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.
dhillon [at] endingviolence [dot] org
Perminder Flora, Program Coordinator
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 Program Coordinator, 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
Fiona Pierce, Administrative Coordinator of 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
Natasha McLeod, Administrative Assistant
Natasha McLeod completed her BA in Women and Gender Studies with a minor in Art History at the University of Lethbridge. She joined the EVA BC team in December 2020 and, having always been a dedicated social justice advocate, is thrilled to support her colleagues and contribute to their very important work in the anti-violence sector. In her spare time you may find her reading, visiting art galleries and museums, forest walking, or listening to true crime podcasts.
mcleod [at] endingviolence [dot] org
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