Making a difference every day by building relationships and connecting people to mission.
My parents instilled in me a strong sense of community. They made sure that I knew the value of being a member of a caring community and they encouraged me to actively contribute to community life. Long ago I made a commitment to making a difference in my community and that commitment has guided me throughout my life.
I am keen to bring my skills, experience, and passion to my next leadership role but I also want to help you and your nonprofit excel. I have considerable experience in strategic planning, facilitation, and management. If your organization anticipates strategic planning, a need for interim leadership, or someone to come in and facilitate a workshop or investigate a workplace harassment incident, I'd love the opportunity to pitch my services to you. Please contact me to discuss how I can help strengthen your organization and build your leadership.
I've identified as an human rights activist since my teens and I've always been motivated to get involved when I could see the need for change. As a child I accompanied my mother when she campaigned for candidates at all levels of government and I carried on in that vein campaigning on behalf of candidates I supported and on my own campaign (Federal Election 1997).
In my teens I got involved in human rights activism and worked on issues that still inspire me to action; women, queer community, labour.
I voluntarily contribute my time, talents and passion to organizations making a difference locally and around the world. Some of these include; Amnesty International, Canadian Red Cross, Zee Zee Theatre, Canadian Blood Services, Vantage Point. and the Salt Spring Forum
I am proud of the leadership roles I have played in significant mission- driven organizations in the non-profit sector. I am currently the Executive Director of SARA for Women, a charitable non-profit operating in BC's Fraser Valley. SARA offers safe refuge to women and children fleeing violence through transition houses, second-stage housing, shelters, counselling, and outreach services. Before coming to SARA I served as the Executive Director of PHS Community Services Society , an innovative non-profit housing, health care, harm reduction, and community development agency providing vital services to the most vulnerable in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and beyond.
Before I moved into non-profit management I travelled other career paths including academia, labour and ten years as a paramedic in Ontario.
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November 17 2019
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October 11 2018
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September 7 2018
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August 2 2018
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July 18 2018
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April 27 2018
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March 8 2018
Announcement of nominees for 2018 YWCA Women of Distinction awards
March 7 2018
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February 6 2018
Second supervised consumption site approved for Victoria, B.C., is first to open
December 14 2017
Modular housing projects provide ‘a place to call home’
December 8 2017
Fentanyl trafficking needs to be focus of enforcement, says B.C. police services director
November 10 2017
Despite its reputation, some residents say Johnson Street housing is changing lives
August 17 2017
Forum Hosts Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson
August 8 2017
Opioid crisis takes toll on Portland Hotel Society staff, community
February 19 2017
Veteran Vancouver nonprofit leader Jennifer Breakspear named new head of the Portland Hotel Society
January 16 2017
Clinics say the Planned Parenthood backlash has seeped into Canada
August 28 2015
Sexual health clinic opening in Penticton
September 9 2012
Gay men, single parents face tenant discrimination
August 26 2011
Man 'driven by virulent homophobia' sentenced to 6 years for attack on gay man
November 9 2010
Vancouver's Pride House offers safe haven for gay, lesbian Olympic athletes
February 20 2010
69 seconds with Jennifer Breakspear
September 24 2009