Board of Directors
Genevieve Fuji Johnson (co-chair) began volunteering in the kitchen at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre in 2010. She later became a member of DEWC’s fundraising committee. In the Fall of 2016, she became a member of the Board of Directors. She is happy to serve currently as the Board’s Chair. Genevieve is a Professor of Political Science at Simon Fraser University. She studies and teaches democratic theory, feminist political thought, critical approaches to policy analysis, and a range of current public policy issues.
Robin Raweater (co-chair) is Blackfoot, from the Siksika Nation. She is an activist and advocate for social justice, especially Aboriginal children in foster care. She supports the Missing and Murdered Women and was on this year’s Walk for Justice, honouring the women who disappeared along the Highway of Tears. Robin has started a support group for Aboriginal parents with children who have been apprehended. For Robin, the women’s centre provides services that keep hope alive for herself and others. She represents the Elder’s Council on the Board, and enjoys giving back to the community.
Diana Chang joined DEWC in late 2016 after relocating back to British Columbia where she grew up. She is also on the centre’s fundraising committee and hopes to expand its capacity and reach. Diana previously served as a board member at Big Brothers Big Sisters of KFLA. By day, she is an education consultant and coaches students and parents through the private school and post-secondary admissions process. She also serves on the Young Women in Business – Vancouver Chapter executive team as their Member Engagement Coordinator, working to facilitate empowering round table discussions surrounding topics like gender dynamics in the workplace, negotiation, and body language.
Andrea Glickman became involved with DEWC in 2014 through her work at the Union of BC Indian Chiefs coordinating a Coalition on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls (MMIWG). She was honoured to become a board member in September 2016. Andrea has been involved in social justice and human rights work for more than 15 years and is the Policy Director at the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. She provides technical support to the member communities and the political Executive, and coordinates the policy team. Andrea grew up in the unceded traditional territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam First Nations, and lives in the Strathcona neighborhood with her husband and two young daughters.
Joan Morelli is a member of the Power of Women Group and has been a long-time activist, actor, and writer in the Downtown Eastside for approximately two decades. Joan was one of the original Militant Mothers of Raymur, a group of mothers who blockaded the railway tracks in Strathcona in the 70s, concerned for the safety of the hundreds of children who crossed to attend school, and successfully pressured the City to build a pedestrian overpass. She is part of the Thursdays Writing Collective at Carnegie Community Centre and has been featured in many community productions.
Debbie Ventura is a long time member of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. Debbie has been on the Board for many years. In addition, Debbie supports DEWC as a volunteer and member of the Power of Women Group. When not at the women’s centre, Debbie loves to spend time with her three cats.
Rosa Elena Arteaga is wildly passionate about her work which is framed in intersectional, feminist, and anti-oppression practice. She has been the manager of direct service and clinical practice with Battered Women’s Support Services for the last fourteen years. Rosa Elena holds a master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work from Melbourne University/Dulwich Centre. Rosa has been working in the anti-violence field for over twenty years supporting girls and women who experience gendered violence. She is a keynote speaker and presenter delivering workshops on gendered violence at provincial, national and international levels. Rosa has been on the Board for over a year.
Elaine Durocher is a proud Metis mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother from Buffalo Narrows, Saskatchewan, who has lived in the city for 36 years. She has been a DEWC member for over ten years, and a Board member for 3. She is part of the Power of Women and Elders groups, participating in much community advocacy and activism, and volunteers regularly at the centre where her laugh and bannock are widely known. Elaine represents the in-area volunteers on the Board. [Read more about Elaine’s story on our blog]
Kate Gibson is the past Executive Director of WISH (an organization in the Downtown Eastside supporting female identified sex workers), a position she held for over 12 years. She has advocated extensively for sex worker safety in Vancouver through building relationships with law enforcement, sex work support groups and women’s organizations. Kate joined the DEWC Board in 2016, first serving as Secretary, and is currently Treasurer of the Board. She has been on the Events Committee for two years for Herstory and now supports DEWC by her participation on the fundraising committee. Together with fellow Board members and friends, Kate has been championing the DEWC team in the annual Scotiabank Charity Challenge.
Eva Kovacs is a long-term member of DEWC. Eva supports the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre through her volunteer work in the kitchen.
Roberta Robertson is a paralegal with the Federal Government, who has worked in residential school litigation and Public Safety. Since 2006, Roberta has been involved in the DTES Neigbourhood Small Grant program. In 2009, Roberta was the recipient of both the B.C. Regional Office and the Deputy Minister of Justice, Humanitarian Award of Excellence, as well as the Pacific Federal Council Community Achievement Award that year. In 2013, Roberta was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her community service. She has been a volunteer with the Vancouver Heritage Society, Carnegie Centre and the Brain Tumour Foundation.
Ramona Barton is a long-time member of DEWC, artist, and member of the Power of Women group. Her work will be featured in the upcoming exhibit at Gallery Gachet, Neighbourhood Sketchbook Project.
Priscillia Tait (Wet’suwet’en & Gitsxan) is a proud mother, social activist, artist, actor, photographer, and volunteer in the Downtown Eastside community. She enjoys acting in plays, particularly when she develops her own dialogue and characters, and has been involved in many community theatre projects, including as a puppeteer and vocalist in several Vancouver Moving Theatre Productions. Priscillia has been a long time member of DEWC and joined the Board in 2011.