Battered Women’s Support Services invites you to Women and Fentanyl Crisis Panel and Community Café event in collaboration with Adler University Vancouver as part of their Campus Community Action Day. Adler’s Community Action Day is a day for faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the Adler School in Vancouver to partner with local organizations on a dedicated day of action that focuses on community engagement and social change.

This ground-breaking event will focus on the effects the fentanyl crisis has had for women and women who experience violence in our community with the intention of creating a policy brief.


Adler University
520 Seymour Street, Vancouver BC


Friday, June 9 2017


Janice Abbott has been the CEO of Atira Women’s Resource Society since 1992. She has lead the Society through its incredible growth from a single transition house located in South Surrey with a staff of seven to a large multi-service agency with two, for-profit subsidiaries, a development arm and more than 500 staff. She has headed up numerous innovative capital projects including Canada’s first multi-unit recycled shipping container housing development, which was completed in August 2013.




Mebrat Beyne is the Executive Director of WISH Drop in Centre Society and is a Montreal native who has made the Lower Mainland her home for the last fourteen years. She is a mother, community developer, teacher, and singer known for her passion, enthusiasm, and energy. Mebrat has worked in social justice, and non-profit management and community development for close to twenty years.




Terriea Harris is Manager of the Indigenous Women’s Program at Battered Women’s Support Services. Terriea believes in Indigenous ways of healing through culture and ceremony and her passion is supporting women stepping into their power through Holistic, decolonizing and traditional healing practices. She is actively and passionately involved with the ceremonial Indigenous community, and has acquired teachings from elders, medicine people and other knowledge keepers on her path.




Angela Marie MacDougall has been working to end violence against girls and women for the past 27 years as an advocate, front-line worker, activist, trainer and administrator.  While in collaboration, she developed empowerment and advocacy-based service delivery models grounded in strong theoretical frameworks, decolonizing, intersectionality that connect feminism, substance use, mental health, violence and women’s leadership. Currently, she is Executive Director of Battered Women’s Support Services.






For further details, please contact Rona at 778-558-7179 or via email at


This event is generously sponsored by: