Board of Directors and Leadership Team

With leaders from government, non-profit and business communities, the annually-elected YWCA board of directors assumes responsibility for the policies, programs and strategic direction of YWCA Metro Vancouver, and provides advice and vision on a broad range of strategic and operational matters.

2017-18 Board of Directors

  • Chair: Geri Prior
  • Vice-Chair: Lisa Coltart
  • Treasurer: Woon Ai Tsang
  • Secretary: Meera Bawa 

Board members

  • Debbie Nagle
  • Diana Chan
  • Elayna Diemert
  • Genevieve Pinto
  • Gina Arsens
  • Morna Creedon Sileika
  • Valerie Mann

YWCA leadership team

Chief Executive Officer

Janet Austin
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Helen Ghabel,
VP of Finance





Arthur Mills,
VP of Hotel and Housing Services





Carolyn Neilson,
VP of Employment Services





Shannon Newman-Bennett,
Director of Family Services





Sandy Reimer,
Director of Health + Fitness





Lisa Rupert,
VP of Housing Services and Violence Prevention





Michelle Sing,
VP of HR, Volunteer Services, Communications and Crabtree Corner Community




Brenda Ulmer,
VP of Fund Development and Special Events





Chantelle Krish,
Director of Communications and Advocacy