BWSS Staff directory & Board of Directors

Toll-free: 1-855-687-1868

Business Phone: 604-687-1868
Counselling Phone: 604-687-1867

My Sister’s Closet – 3958 Main St: 604-687-0770
My Sister’s Closet – 1830 Commercial Drive: 604-251-7229

Crisis team


Crisis Line & Intake Coordinator


Women’s Support Worker


Women’s Support Worker


Women’s Support Worker


Program Coordinator, Black Survivors Program

Counselling team


Women’s Counsellor


Women’s Counsellor


Women’s Counsellor


Indigenous Women’s Counsellor

Justice Centre team


Legal Advocate


Indigenous Justice Lead


Specialized Legal Advocate

Research & Policy team


Research & Policy Analyst


Research & Policy Analyst

Social Enterprise team


Volunteer Coordinator – My Sister’s Closet


Education and Training Program Co-ordinator – Strategic Interventions

Leadership team


Director of Clinical Practice and Direct Services


Manager of Development 


Manager of Retail Services and Programs, My Sister’s Closet


Manager, Finance and Administration


Manager, Advancing Women’s Awareness Regarding Employment (AWARE)


Manager, Indigenous Women’s Program


Manager, Strategic Interventions


Manager, Research and Policy


Manager, BWSS Justice Centre


Manager, Community-Based Victim Services

BWSS Executive Director:

Angela Marie MacDougall

Through her community-based organizing, frontline work and activism over three decades, Angela Marie MacDougall has been deeply involved in movements for social justice.

Since the nineties, Angela has developed training curricula from an intersectional and anti-oppression framework while her work as a trainer with community-based organizations, systems players, universities and in the larger public sphere has always emphasized the influence of a community-based response toward gender, racial, economic justice.

Angela’s impact includes development of empowerment and advocacy-based program and service delivery models that address gender-based violence and violence against women that are grounded in strong theoretical frameworks that include feminist trauma-informed analysis that integrate the role substance use and mental wellness. Angela Marie MacDougall has edited and/or written ten manuals on addressing gender-based violence and violence against women from an intersectional anti-oppression feminist framework and has spoken to hundreds of groups throughout Canada, the United States and in China.

An ever present theme and focus of her work has been the range of social inequities and environmental problems associated with colonialization and the generalized criminalization of communities of colour that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination. Her work grows directly from her own experiences as a bi-racial Black woman who grew up amongst violent racist misogyny both at home, at school and in the larger community. Her parents met in the Black community known as Hogan’s Alley that in the seventies was razed by Vancouver City Hall, so her work grows directly from her own experiences as a bi-racial Black woman who grew up amongst violent racist misogyny both at home, at school and in the larger community and she became politicized to end violence against women after her high school friend was raped and murdered while on a date. She credits the birth of her daughter as a galvanizing event. She also has conducted extensive participatory action research on numerous aspects relating to gender, race and violence.

Angela Marie MacDougall is a founding member of Feminists Deliver, a provincial organization dedicated to shedding a light on the urgent issues facing marginalized communities in British Columbia and the grassroots struggles leading the way for transformative change while building transnational connections between grassroots intersectional feminist movements; and re-envisioning the global women’s agenda as one that centers a diversity of grassroots intersectional feminist voices.

Grounded solidarity organizing, grassroots activism and frontline service delivery, Angela is committed to taking action on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. She is a long standing member of Vancouver’s February 14th Women’s Memorial March, the first women’s memorial march held since 1992 in response to the murder of a woman in the Vancouver neighbourhood named the Downtown Eastside.

Angela is founding member of Intersectional Feminist Justice Research and Organizing Collaborative bringing together researchers, academics, data and policy analysts, students and community organizers to provide critical research, data, policy and strategic support for the ending violence, gender equity and social justice movements.

Ms. MacDougall was named a Remarkable Woman by the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Magazine named her one of Vancouver’s most powerful people.

On average, every 48 hours, a woman is killed in Canada by her intimate partner