CCWS Working Group

The CCWS Working Group meets biannually and is a forum for discussing the challenges of policy and program implementation and resolving those challenges. Members include a broad range of system- and community-based sectors working effectively in a solutions-based model.

By creating the opportunity for discussion and analysis across disciplines and agencies, Working Group meetings provide a forum for actively resolving systemic issues. Recommendations and strategies developed by the Working Group are brought forward through the various sectors represented at the table, including relevant federal and provincial government ministries, police/RCMP and provincial non-profit organizations.

Working Group members also provide technical expertise regarding regional or local practice and legal or policy-related questions. This information is used by CCWS staff to help communities or regions effectively resolve local or regional issues.

Current Working Group Members:

  • Mike Aube, Senior Policy Analyst, Community Safety and Crime Prevention Branch, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
  • Lukhvinder Aujla, Supervisor, Specialized Victim Assistance Program, Abbotsford and Mission, Archway Community Services
  • Ian Batey, Executive Director, Police Victim Services of BC
  • Thea Bracewell, Policy Analyst, Settlement and Integration Policy (SIP), Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Government of Canada
  • Supt. John Brewer, Officer In Charge, Enhanced Community and Aboriginal Policing – Criminal Operations – Core Policing, “E” Division
  • Dr. Jennifer Charlesworth, British Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth
  • Sgt. Mike Darling, Regional Domestic Violence Unit, Victoria Police Department
  • Laurel Dietz, Lawyer, Alinea Legal Coaching
  • Mavis Erickson, Wagstaffe Law Corporation, Former Highway of Tears Coordinator, Carrier Sekani Family Services
  • Amy FitzGerald, Executive Director, BC Society of Transition Houses
  • Kasari Govender, Commissioner, BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner
  • Debbie Granger, Crown Counsel, BC Prosecution Service, Criminal Appeals & Special Prosecutions, Ministry of Attorney General
  • Isabelle Groc, Project Coordinator, Inform’Elles
  • Dr. Margaret Jackson, Director, SFU’s FREDA Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children
  • Lynett Jung, Deputy Director, Legal Resources, Learning and Development, BC Prosecution Service
  • Ninu Kang, Executive Director, Ending Violence Association of British Columbia
  • Shannan Knutson, Legal Counsel, Family Policy, Legislation, and Transformation, Justice Services Branch, Ministry of Attorney General
  • Jason Laidman, Deputy Chief Operations, Victoria Police Department; and Representative for the BC Association of Municipal Chiefs of Police
  • Kim Laidman, Director of Domestic Violence and System Coordination, Ministry of Children and Family Development
  • Micheal Larocque, Program and Policy Analyst, Corrections Division, BC Corrections Branch, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
  • Barbara Lazcano, Program Officer, Women’s Program and Regional Operations Directorate – Western, NWT and Yukon Region, Department for Women and Gender Equality, Government of Canada
  • Kamaljit Lehal, Lawyer, Lehal & Co, Barristers and Solicitors
  • Terry Lejko, Director of Practice, Coast/Northshore, Ministry of Children and Family Development
  • Raji Mangat, Executive Director, West Coast LEAF
  • Karen Martin, Disability Alliance BC (formerly BCCPD)
  • The Honourable Donna Martinson, retired judge of the B.C. Supreme Court
  • Branka Matijasic, Manager, Intake and Referral Services, Legal Aid BC
  • Marcie Moriarty, Chief Prevention and Enforcement Officer, BCSPCA
  • Maria Socorro M. Nguyen, Executive Director, Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society
  • Ann Pederson, Director in Population Health Promotion, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre; and Acting Executive Director, Perinatal Services BC, Provincial Health Services Authority
  • Wendy Potter, CCWS Program Manager & Manager of Special Projects
  • Geoffrey Rankin, Director of Policy, BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
  • Nancy Regular, Regional Coordinator, Community Coordination for Women’s Safety
  • Sairoz Sekhon, Manager of Women’s Transition Housing and Supports Program, BC Housing
  • Catherine Sheldrake, Director, Indigenous Social and Cultural Policy, Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
  • Jewelles Smith, Chairperson, Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD); Advisor, National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)
  • Karen Spears, Manager of Service Delivery, Community Services, Service Delivery Division, Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
  • Deanna Stobbe, Director of Practice – South Fraser, Ministry of Children and Family Development
  • Lorinda Stoneman, Director, Policy, Community Safety & Crime Prevention Branch, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
  • Diane Turner, Lawyer, Kelliher and Turner
  • Liz Vick, Director of Strategic Initiatives, The John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland of BC
  • Barb Ward-Burkitt, Chair, Minister’s Advisory Council on Indigenous Women (MACIW)
  • Glenys Webster, Director, Women’s, Maternal and Early Childhood Health, Public Health Services Branch, Population and Public Health Division, BC Ministry of Health
  • Caroline White, Program Director, Centre for Counselling and Community Safety, Justice Institute of BC
  • Kristi Yuris, Program Manager, Community Coordination for Women’s Safety