Founding Executive Director of EVA BC, Tracy Porteous, Steps Down

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

After founding EVA BC in 1992, and steadfastly and loyally steering the growth and development of EVA BC for the past 26 years as our Executive Director, Tracy has made the decision to step down. Under Tracy’s leadership for close to 30 years, EVA BC has become, without debate, the largest and most successful anti-violence organization in Canada. Over this time, EVA BC has become a lifeline for thousands of anti-violence workers in B.C., serving over 300 programs and initiatives. Tracy fostered the development of important cross-sectoral relationships and programs, created award- winning prevention programs, and became the “go-to” source for successive governments in B.C., across Canada, and internationally. Tracy has built a level of credibility and a reputation for public trust that has benefited our province immensely, and she is commonly sought out by media for commentary on issues related to all forms of gender-based violence.

Tracy Porteous“Tracy’s vision, her unwavering attention to the needs and well-being of the community- based anti-violence sector, and her creative solutions to complex problems have made the organization what it is today,” said Sheri Bishop, Board Co-Chair. “As a result of her work, the public is much more aware of the issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual and criminal harassment, and there are stronger, more effective anti-violence programs across the province. On behalf of the Board of EVA BC, we wish to extend our sincere thanks to Tracy for all that she has done over the past three decades.”

“As the founding executive director of EVA BC, I couldn’t be prouder of the work I have done over the past 39 years in the movement to end gender-based violence in Canada, including 26 years at EVA BC. As we set out to develop our next five-year strategic plan I felt it was important that we have a new leader, one that could take EVA BC into the future. It has been a great privilege to serve our province, the anti-violence workers and systems people who make up our front line, policy makers and survivors of violence,” says Tracy Porteous, EVA BC Executive Director until June 30, 2021.

Ninu Kang assumes role of new Executive Director of EVA BC

The Board of EVA BC is pleased to announce the appointment of Ninu Kang to the role of Executive Director, commencing May 1, 2021.

Ninu KangA seasoned community leader, Kang brings almost 30 years of experience in roles that often ran parallel to the work of EVA BC. As a director of Vancouver-based MOSAIC, one of the largest settlement non-profit organizations in Canada, Ninu gained a stellar reputation for setting strategy, developing programs, nurturing partnerships, and building effective teams to deliver on anti-violence priorities. Ninu has served as the Associate Executive Director of EVA BC since July 2020.

Her career has followed her passion for creating a just and fair society for all by addressing and eradicating gender-based violence. “From a young age, I remember forming my values related to people’s safety and well-being – in our homes, in our workplaces, in our communities, and in our society,” said Kang. “My focus is, and will continue to be, marginalized groups of people who may be more vulnerable and have more barriers to accessing resources. An intersectional lens on issues of violence and oppression is key to our success in reducing risks and freeing people from threats of violence and harm.”

“We are thrilled that Ninu Kang has accepted the position of EVA BC Executive Director. She has been an amazing addition to the EVA BC team over the past nine months and has demonstrated her skill, knowledge, and expertise in managing the complex issues this leadership role requires during an extraordinary year,” said Sheri Bishop, Board Co-chair.

“Receiving Tracy’s resignation was difficult for the Board as we haven’t known EVA BC without Tracy. When Tracy shared her intention to step aside over this last year to move into project-specific work, the Board knew of the impact and significance of her leaving this post,” said Bishop. “Our first priority, and Tracy’s too, is the stability of the organization as we sought a new and capable leader. An internal posting brought forward a formidable candidate, and we are in a strong position to move forward.”

As most of you know, EVA BC is a not-for-profit provincial umbrella association that supports over 300 anti-violence programs and initiatives that respond and/or work to prevent sexual and domestic violence, child abuse, and criminal and sexual harassment. EVA BC’s programs include B.C.’s Community-Based Victim Assistance, Stopping the Violence Counselling and Outreach, Multi-Cultural Outreach, Sexual Assault Response Services, and B.C.’s Inter-Agency Case Assessment Teams. EVA BC was formed 30 years ago to act as a coordinating body and a provincial voice for frontline workers who do the very difficult work of responding to the trauma associated with sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual harassment.

“I cannot think of anyone more capable than Ninu Kang to bring this organization into the future,” said Tracy. “Ninu has been a partner of EVA BC on numerous projects and initiatives and I have had the pleasure of working closely with her in that capacity and as a co-trainer on other initiatives. I have witnessed first-hand her sophisticated communication skills, her talent as a trainer, her insights as a manager, and her integrity as a feminist. For all of those reasons, I believe Ninu will offer the organization continuity, stability, energy, and vision.”

“I look forward to working with our many partners and member agencies to advance this work. During her tenure, Tracy has done an amazing job of bringing partners – cross- sectoral agencies – into the circle to create a common vision and develop programs that have resulted in cultural expansions and growth. The importance of continually fostering those relationships is very apparent to me,” added Kang.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors of EVA BC,
Gloria Jackson, Co-Chair
Sheri Bishop, Co-Chair

For more information, contact:

Sheri Bishop, Board Co-Chair, 250 378 9222
Tracy Porteous, Executive Director, 604 633 2506 ext. 11
Ninu Kang, Executive Director, 604 633 2506 ext. 15