Board of Directors

EVA BC is governed by its board of directors that represent our members from 11 regions across the province.
Directors are elected at our annual general meeting and serve for two-year terms.

Board of Directors

Sheri Bishop, Co-Chair

Interior · Region 5

Sheri is a registered social worker in BC and has been involved in the anti-violence field since 1998. She has worked in transition house programs, Community-Based Victim Services, Stopping the Violence, and PEACE programs.

Born and raised in Prince Rupert, 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 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 young son, walk her yellow Labrador, and engage in creative activities whenever possible.

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Lynnell Hallikowski, Co-Chair

North Central · Region 10

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. She returned to PGSAC in 1997 as an STV Counsellor and is now the executive director. 

Lynell’s 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.

Samantha Loppie

South Vancouver Island · Region 2

Samantha Loppie is Executive Director of the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre; privileged to work closely with the programs and people who support survivors of sexualized violence, their families and community.

Samantha is an uninvited visitor on the territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən people, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt nations, and the W̱SÁNEĆ people on whose land she has worked and lived for the last 9 years. Originally from Nova Scotia, she gained a Masters Degree in Sociology from Dalhousie University, located in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. She has spent the last 10 years in management and leaderhsip roles over a variety of sectors including sexual health, human resources and anti-violence work.

She is dedicated to collaborative leadership that uplifts the voices of people around her and strives to highlight the knowledge and experience of voices who are most often silent or silenced. As a woman with mixed ancestry, she recognizes her heritage as Black Nova Scotian, Acadian settler and honours distant roots in Mi’kmaq communities. She is grateful to sit on the Board of Directors for EVA BC and support in the effort to end gander-based violence in the province.

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Donalda Beeson

North East · Region 11

Donalda Beeson is the Manager of Therapeutic Services and Quality Assurance at Robson Valley Community Services (RVCS) supporting the communities of Valemount and McBride. She has been with RVCS for over a decade spending the majority of her time as an STV and PEACE counsellor. 

An avid downhill mountain-biker, Donalda also chairs the Valemount Bike Park committee and runs an in-home studio where she shares yoga as regularly as the rest of her commitments allow. 

Deanna Sudnik

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Deanna Sudnik 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 five-year 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-violence work. Deanna has been an active member of EVA BC during her years in the anti-violence field.

Deanna feels very privileged to be raising two wonderful strong daughters and keeps busy outside of work with their activities. She is passionate about theatre and is a co-director of a local theatre company. Recently Deanna has returned to an earlier passion of social marketing and clean living. She has an insatiable love for travel, good food, theatre and the empowerment of women supporting women.

Thank you

We thank our board of directors for their ongoing commitment, support and direction.

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