Staff Directory

Business Phone: 604.687.1868

Counselling Phone:

604.687.1867

Toll-Free Phone:

1.855.687.1868

My Sister’s Closet Phone:

604.687.0770

Staff Directory:

Legal Advocacy Program Coordinator ext.307 email
Claudia Crisis Line & Intake Coordinator ext.304 email
Summer Rain Indigenous Women’s Support Worker ext.313 email
Kate Women’s Support Worker ext.315 email
Sherri Women’s Counsellor ext.322 email
Daniela Women’s Counsellor ext.316 email
Betsy Employment Facilitator ext.305 email
Rona Violence Prevention Coordinator ext.311 email
Marina  Service Co-ordinator, Transitions  ext.303  email
Angela Executive Director ext.302 email
Direct line 604-687-1613
Rosa Manager, Direct Services and Programs ext.314 email
Janet Manager, Administration, Finance and Human Resources ext.320  email
Michele Manager, Advancing Women’s Awareness Regarding Employment Program ext.303 email
Terriea Manager, Aboriginal Women’s Program ext.308 email
Samantha Manager of Retail Services and Programs email
Peer Crisis Volunteer Worker ext.319
Front Desk ext.301

BWSS Board of Directors:

Ainjil HuntAinjil Hunt

Ainjil Hunt, Principal Owner, is a leading change strategist, speaker and international facilitator. As owner of Transformation since 2004, Ainjil has seen success in developing the Transformation business model to parallel social and economic development in First Nation communities, organizations and businesses. Ainjil is Kwakwak’wakw from the Namgis First Nation as well as Tlingit from Alaska. Ainjil has a Bachelor degree in Social Work, and certificate in Public Sector Management and Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria. Ainjil is a certified language technologist in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and Time Line Therapy. Ainjil is a Masters Degree Candidate in Policy and Practice from the University of Victoria and is currently completing her Masters Degree in Business Administration from SFU School of Business. Ainjil serves on the board of the Industry Council for Aboriginal Business.

Cecilia Point

A member of the Musqueam Nation, Cecilia Point is a political activist    who stood for 200 plus days protecting her nation’s ancestral burial site from development in 2012. Since then she has taken part in countless political actions advocating for human rights and the environment. Cecilia has also dedicated many years to cultural preservation in the field of Aboriginal cultural and eco tourism.  She currently holds the position of Controller for the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada. She is a facilitator for reconciliation workshops with the Bright New Day organization, and has been designated a public speaker for her nation. She holds a Certificate in Business from UBC, supplemented with courses in First Nations studies, including hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ (the Musqueam language).

Ginger GMGinger Gosnell-Myers

Is of Nisga’a and Kwakwak’awakw heritage is passionate about advancing Aboriginal rights and knowledge, while breaking down barriers between Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians.

Throughout 2008-2011 Ginger worked on the Environics Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study as both Project Manager and Public Engagement Director. The UAPS is Canada’s largest research study on Aboriginal people living in urban environments, and has become the leading research on urban Aboriginal people’s values, aspirations, experiences, and identity.

She has facilitated and spoken at several provincial, national and international events, including the International Indigenous Women & Wellness Conference, the Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, and the United Nations Permanent Forum of Indigenous Peoples.  Ginger is featured in the inspirational book: Notes from Canada’s Young Activists: A Generation Stands up for Change (2007). In 2012 as part of the CBC documentary series “8th Fire”, Ginger was highlighted and profiled for her views on Aboriginal issues and relations in Canada. Ginger is currently the Aboriginal City Planner with the City of Vancouver where she is working across departments to bridge Aboriginal policies and programs, and is central to advancing Vancouver as the world’s first City of Reconciliation.

Jeannette MacInnisJeannette MacInnis

Jeannette MacInnis joined BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) in May of 2009, with organizational skills and attention to detail that evolved into the natural backbone of the administration team. Her ancestry is a mix of of Cree and Scottish descent, and she grew up in central Alberta where she pursued passions in equestrian performance and competition jumping. Jeannette is a strong advocate for the health and well-being of all women, with an expansive academic background extending as far afield as the plight of women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Closer to home, Jeannette is highly active in the movement to end violence against Aboriginal Women, organizing events and hosting workshops to combat human trafficking and domestic violence. She is grateful to the BCAAFC for encouraging her to follow her passions, and for supporting her as she develops her capacity to effect positive change.

Jennifer JohnstoneJennifer Johnstone

Jennifer Johnstone, President & CEO with Central City Foundation since 2006, has an extensive background in non-profit management and community resource development, including experience as a fundraiser, marketing and communications manager and non-profit executive for more than 19 years.

Jennifer has held key leadership positions with organizations such as the Vancity Community Foundation, Battered Women’s Support Services, the Vancouver Status of Women, and Ballet British Columbia, Canada’s pre-eminent contemporary ballet company, where she focused her efforts on building a sustainable non-profit dance company grounded in artistic excellence and community relevance. Jennifer began her career in the non-profit sector as the founding program coordinator with the Whistler Centre for Business and the Arts in the late 1980’s. Jennifer has also maintained a successful private consulting practice in fundraising, organizational and strategic planning, and workshop facilitation and is an instructor in the Fundraising Certificate Program in the Faculty of Business at BCIT. Jennifer holds a BA Hons. in political science from Queen’s University and pursued graduate studies at the Institute of Soviet and East European Studies and in Women’s Studies at Carleton University.

Jennifer remains passionately committed to social justice and community investment and, throughout her life, has served as a volunteer in many capacities with various organizations at the local, provincial and national level. She is a founding member of the Vancouver Women’s fund and most recently has served on the Boards of the Alliance for Arts & Culture, Battered Women’s Support Services, Yaletown House Foundation, Westcoast LEAF and the Aurora Institute. She also volunteers as a trainer with the Leadership Development Program of Volunteer Vancouver.

BWSS Rachael Des LauriersRachel Des Lauriers

Rachael has been a vibrant member of the service and events industry in Vancouver for over 20 years. From event production and management to business development and team leadership, she has solid skills and experience in a wide range of areas. But it is her warm, enthusiastic personality and the humour she brings to her interactions that make her most memorable. Making strong connections on every level is important to Rachael and that commitment to community building shines through in her work. Rachael is excited to be joining the board of BWSS.