2016-2017 Board Members:
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|Member at Large – Dr. Joy Masuhara, BSc(Pharm), MD, CCFP
Joy has been actively involved in WTC’s participation in the UN Habitat III process as a participant and speaker both in Prague and Quito. She works in Vancouver as a physician in the area of older adult mental health and has a special interest in how multicultural issues impact health outcomes. She has served on several committees and boards related to health care and has been a speaker on various topics such as dementia, polypharmacy, and multicultural issues in dementia. Prior activist work includes being a litigant in the same sex marriage case, which resulted in Canada becoming the 3rd country in the world to legalize same sex marriage in 2003. She is a former member of the Katari Taiko drumming group.
|Member at Large – Linda Stromberg
Linda had a successful career in graphic arts and direct marketing before retiring in 2000 and moving to Surrey to raise her children. A strong advocate for youth, with a passion for education and community building, she home schooled her children until they reached the age of 13. When her daughter entered public school she recognized the shortfall in capital funding and formed a city wide committee bringing together stakeholder groups to coordinate and focus efforts advocating for increased funding from the Province.
She served 4 years on the Surrey Libraries Board, 3 of those years as Board Chair and is currently on the board of SurreyCares Community Foundation.
Linda works with businesses developing both business and strategic plans, and providing communications, marketing and project management services.
|Member at Large – Miriam Palacios
Miriam Palacios is the Public Engagement, Policy and Campaign Officer for Oxfam Canada in B.C. Originally from Guatemala, Miriam has been and tireless human rights activist and advocate. Miriam has helped to educate many people in Vancouver about issues related to Human Rights, Women’s Rights, Food and Trade and many other global and local oriented topics related to human rights.
She is the co-founder of initiatives such as the Vancouver Fair Trade Coffee Network; Current Board Member of the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation’s and has participated in several Task Forces such as the Make Poverty History. Miriam was a key player in the Task Force that work with the City of Vancouver to developed and pass the first Municipal Ethical Procurement Policy and Suppliers Code of Conduct. In 2008 – 2010 Miriam was member of the Women’s Advisory Committee of the City of Vancouver and the Vancovuer Food Policy Council. In 2006 Miriam was co-founder of the We Can End All Violence Against Women campaign in B.C and in 2008 Miriam was the recipient of the Renate Shearer Human Rights Award and the Gold Award from the Spirit of the Crane for her Community Work on Human Rights. Miriam has a Masters Degree in Latin American Studies from SFU and has written a Masters Thesis on “Gender and Development Policies and its impact on aboriginal women”.
|Practicum Student – Elena Starr
Elena is a first year doctoral student at Adler University. She has worked in the field of social services for the past 20 years and has a passion for helping others. She has supported children, adolescents and adults with mental health barriers in a variety of settings. Most recently, she has been working as an elementary counsellor in the public school setting. She is looking forward to strengthening her advocacy skills and social justice focus in her practicum placement with Women Transforming Cities this year.
|External Chair – Ellen Woodsworth
Ellen Woodsworth is an international speaker and urban consultant on gender and intersectional planning. She is a former Vancouver City Councillor and was their representative on the Executive of Union of B.C. Municipalities, Lower Mainland Treaty Advisory Committee and Alternate at Metro Vancouver. Ellen provides workshops for cities and NGO’s using “Advancing Equity and Inclusion a Guide for Municipalities” endorsed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, CCMARD, UNESCO and several universities. In 2016 she spoke at the UN Habitat 3 conferences in Prague and in Quito and at the Smart Sustainable Cities conference in Montevideo, Uruguay as well as participating in the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights meeting about the “Right to the City” and housing. She was the founder of Women Transforming Cities and is the External Chairperson.
|Member at Large – Tasha Henderson
Tasha Henderson is a planner, facilitator, and an advocate for social, environmental, and economic justice. Tasha has lived and worked across Canada – from Vancouver to St. John’s – working frontline with marginalized communities and engaging residents to actively participate in shaping their cities.
Tasha started her career with the Positive Living Society and has since worked with a number of agencies on issues such as anti-violence, HIV/AIDS, youth justice, human trafficking, civic engagement, community planning, affordable housing, and reconciliation. She holds an MA in Planning, specializing in Indigenous Community Planning, and currently spends her days working as a Social Planner in Metro Vancouver. Tasha is humbled to live on the unceded ancestral territory of the Qay’qayt and Musqueam peoples, and excited to be a member of WTC this year.
|Member at Large – Zaena Campbell
Zaena is active in the arts and cultural community. She currently serves as Vice President of the Board for Juno nominated choral ensemble, Musica Intima, and runs The Dancer Transition Resource Centre (BC Office) supporting career transition and the socioeconomic conditions of artists. Zaena has helped to voice key issues on committees, task forces and focus groups with Actsafe and the Alliance for Arts. She has been invited to participate in cultural policy discussions as a panelist and dialogue leader at annual Arts Summits.
Working closely with the SFU Institute for the Humanities throughout her studies, Zaena pursued self-directed research in Canadian International Development Policy, chaired student union, co-founded a first annual peace education conference and honed her skill set further through federal government practicums. She has also volunteered and participated in conferences with the United Nations, World Peace Forum, Red Cross, Amnesty International, Gandhi Jayanti/Thakore Foundation and Dalai Lama Dialogues. Most recently, she’s been exploring challenges faced by new parents in the arts and is excited to come full circle in service to the WTC community.