WTC is a grassroots community of intersectional feminists. We have three part-time staff members who keep us in line, but our work is delivered by an amazing community of self-identifying women who contribute their energy, time and passion as volunteers.

Meet Our Board Members

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Meet Our Volunteers

These wonderful individuals are involved in everything from running our communications platforms, to developing strategy for the next Hot Pink Paper campaign, to helping us with grant applications. We are so grateful to everyone who contributes as a part of the WTC community.

Lucy Wicken

Lucy is currently an undergraduate student in the fields of Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice Studies and Sociology at the University of British Columbia. She is deeply passionate about intersectional feminism, progressive politics, community planning, and mental health. In her free time, she enjoys roaming the great outdoors, travelling, spending time with her black lab Charlie, and devouring spicy tuna rolls.

Nomin Gantulga

Nomin is a young professional with 5 years of business, data, financial analysis, project and product management experience. She worked in PHSA, TELUS Health and Central1. Nomin is a results driven entrepreneur with analytical and growth mindset, and runs a women's clothing brand. While studying Bachelor of Business Administration, she was a fellow of UofMosaic fellowship. She is a sister and daughter interested in improving living conditions of women and girls around the world and locally.

Jacqueline Salomé

Jacqueline is public sector policy analyst with several years of experience working on economic, social development and foreign policy issues. She believes that intersectional feminist analysis must be at the forefront of decision-making across all sectors, and brings this perspective to her work. 

 

She holds an MA in International Studies from Simon Fraser University. Jacqueline is a community volunteer, an outdoor enthusiast and an avid reader with an insatiable curiosity. 

Maria Mesquita

Maria has a degree in Biology and a PhD in Environmental Microbiology. She was involved in teaching, research, and laboratory management for over 30 years. She is originally from Lisbon (Portugal) but has lived in Waterloo from 2004 to 2019 when she retired and moved to Vancouver. 

 

Maria believes that contributing to women's rights and wellbeing as well as to environmental protection and climate change awareness are key in today’s world and WTC is a great platform to express these beliefs.

Natalie Cho

Natalie graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Planning. She currently works for a First Nation doing community planning and engagement work. 

 

She has had previous experience in both the public and private sectors doing transportation, analytical, and development planning work. She is passionate about creating equitable spaces that improve the quality of life for all.

Kaila Beaudry

Kaila is intersectional feminist. She is passionate about decolonizing, environmental and social justice. Kaila is currently studying for her Bachelor of Arts with a major in studies of women and gender. In free time she enjoys sewing, and reading.

Abby Herd

Abby is an undergraduate student studying at Simon Fraser University enrolled in a Global Environmental Systems major and an Urban Studies certificate. She is passionate about climate justice and urban planning, specifically planning cities using a gendered-intersectional lens. In her free time, she really enjoys baking, hiking, biking, and more recently growing vegetables and other plants indoors!

Sara Jellicoe

Sara's 9-5 is as a Social Housing Development Manager and she moonlights as a choral singer. Urban highlights for Sara include sunny libraries, plaza people-watching, and dips in the ocean.

Claire Adams

Claire is a settler, a feminist and a communications professional with several years of experience working in the public sector. 

 

She has a MA in English Literature and Politics from the University of Glasgow, and will begin her Master of Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University in fall 2020. She is passionate about equity and social and environmental justice. 

Claire Casher

Claire is a public policy professional and avid feminist, currently consulting on gender equity projects in Cambodia. She began her career working with social enterprises in South Korea and Southeast Asia before returning home to Canada to pursue a Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs degree at the University of British Columbia. 

 

She loves policy for its potential to scale up ideas that improve lives, and she is excited to explore innovations that empower self-identified women and girls with WTC. On the weekends you’ll likely find her either out on a trail or in with a good book.

Aryana Ashrafi

Aryana recently graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in Political Science and Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice Studies. Throughout her studies and involvement with equity-seeking groups in her community, she grew passionate about addressing social and environmental justice through intersectional feminist frameworks.

This fall, Aryana will begin earning her Master of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University, aspiring to make impactful, meaningful change for our local and global communities.

Ariella Barmash

Ariella graduated from UBC with a B.A. in Gender, Race, & Social Justice and has a background in inclusive programming and youth engagement. She is the co-founder of ArtLink, an organization that aims to foster capacity-building in Vancouver’s cultural sector, and she also sits on TransLink’s Youth Advisory Council. She has previously worked for the YMCA and for UBC’s Student Housing & Community Services. 

 

Ariella is passionate about equitable community-building, andmaking Vancouver a more inclusive city for people of marginalized genders.

Nada Nosseir

Nada is a seasoned Business Intelligence Consultant who enjoys helping industry leaders understand their employee data, make data-driven decisions and create an inclusive culture. Nada holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a focus on Operations Management and a certificate in Business Analytics and Decision Making. 

 

Nada co-founded, ArtLink, an organization focused on Fostering Collaboration and Engagement in Vancouver's Arts and Culture Community, with two wonderful women.

Serena is an enthusiastic and dedicated mentor for the children and youth in her community. She graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Education degree and a Diploma in Teacher-Librarianship. Serena has been teaching in the B.C. public education system for five years. She has also taught in a rural community in northern Alberta. 

 

Serena enjoys volunteering with various organizations in the Metro Vancouver area that support gender equity and social justice.Serena is passionate about feminism, social justice, and environmental justice. In her free time, Serena likes to travel, read, cook, and explore nature.

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Tushita Bagga

Tushita’s 9-5 is as a development and communications assistant at the Nature Conservancy of Canada. A passionate intersectional feminist and environmentalist, Tush has a background in socio-political research from her time as a student at UBC. Her guiding principle is that of evidence-based, grassroots policymaking. She focuses on empowering those at the margins of our society by collaborating with them, as opposed to prescribing top-down solutions. 

 

She also volunteers with Rainbow Refugee and West Coast Environmental Law. In her free time, you can find her exploring Vancouver’s various neighbourhoods, tasting local craft beers, visiting art galleries or catching a show. 

Kim cares deeply about Vancouver and is motivated to work towards an equitable city for all.

 

Kim's day job is working at UBC helping students with their finances, and she loves spending time on her bike.

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Celene Fung

Celene Fung is an accomplished Urban Planner with 20 years experience in building inclusive healthy communities. Her career includes leading interdisciplinary teams in the planning and designing cities, institutional facilities and community projects for government agencies, non-profits organizations and private businesses.

 

Celene truly believes that improving access for vulnerable community members and empowering women and girls in leadership roles will help transform our communities to be more equitable and democratic for everyone.

Tess Blake

Tess is a first year university student studying psychology and criminology at Huron University at Western. She runs a small, local campaign called Moving Forward Vancouver, which promotes the Transit Police’s services to gender minority transit-users via social media as well as relays suggestions and concerns from female and non gender-conforming transit-users to the transit police. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring new cafés and bakeries within her city!

Sarah Rehimi

Sarah works as a senior policy analyst with the public sector. She has had the opportunity to work in community and government always approaching her work with a intersectional feminist, decolonizing and trauma informed lens.

Sarah is a second generation Afghan Canadian and has always been passionate about social justice issues and volunteers on an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion roundtable. Through her work she has witnessed first hand how important it is to plan cities that work for everyone especially those who self identify as women. In her free time she enjoys reading, spending time with her family especially her nieces and nephew, being outside in nature and watching movies.

Emily Bardutz

Emily is a graduate student at UBC's School of Community and Regional Planning. She is passionate about sustainable transportation and its ability to reshape and dramatically enhance the vibrancy and equity of cities.

 

For Emily, good city-planning is achieved when all people are provided fair access to healthy, social, and economic opportunities.

Alison is currently an undergraduate student at McGill University majoring in Political Science and Sociology. With a background in competitive debate and speech, Alison is a passionate advocate of progressive policies, climate justice, and increasing accessibility to social justice for the differently abled and for racial minorities.

 

Alison is also a writer and editor at the McGill International Review, an adventurous foodie, and a proud plant mom. 

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