Kiran Dhingra – Executive Director
Kiran is honoured and excited to join SWOVA. She has spent over 15 years working as an advocate to prevent and eliminate violence against women and children, a social issue for which she cares deeply. She obtained her Master of Social Work in 2000 from Wilfrid Laurier University and spent eight years working in child welfare in Toronto, where she was a case manager to children and youth in the permanent care of the province.
Subsequently, she moved into a community development role with a focus on initiating and supporting community-based projects aimed at the prevention of child abuse and neglect. She has also worked within various women’s organizations in India, United States and most recently as Transition House Manager at Island Women Against Violence on Salt Spring Island. She currently operates a private counselling practice specializing in working with children. Kiran is a huge supporter of the work that SWOVA is doing in the community and looks forward to offering her skills and experience.
Christina Antonick – Program Director, R+R Facilitator, Curricula Writer and Trainer
Christina has worked with SWOVA for the past 13 years as a classroom facilitator, youth mentor, program coordinator and provincial trainer. Christina attended McGill University in Montreal where she studied Communications and Women’s Studies and has worked as a social justice educator for the past 20 years. Between 1995 – 2000 Christina worked in Vancouver as a front line advocate/counsellor for women, children and families. She was the Coordinator of a Pro Bono Legal Clinic for women dealing with custody and access issues as well as a classroom facilitator for youth violence prevention work in Vancouver schools.
In 2010-11 Christina acted as provincial trainer with Musqueam Nation to deliver the R+R Program to community youth. In 2013-14 Christina worked on the research, writing and delivery of a new SWOVA program called Peace Kids – offered to children in Grades 3-6 in SD #64.
Christina’s inspirations include Malidoma Some, bell hooks, Audre Lorde, Michael Meade and Dr. Martin Brokenleg. She is a passionate advocate for education that is dedicated to the cultivation of heart, soul and community.
David Norget, R+R Adult Facilitator, Pass It On Boys Project Coordinator
This is David’s second year working with SWOVA. David is an impassioned educator of kids, youth and adults who has worked in the Human Services Field for over 20 years. He has a Masters in Applied Behavioural Science – Human Systems from the Leadership Institute of Seattle (2002) and an economics degree from McGill University (1988).
He has a broad range of experience. He’s worked in daycare in Sweden and, back in Canada, in special education, counselling, business, coaching business and non-profit individuals, human resources management, and organizational consulting within private business. He’s also furthered his education with studies related to counselling and coaching.
He loves learning, spending time with friends and family (his partner and he are the parents of two school-aged kids), being outdoors, writing, reading, travel, good food, and new experiences. He feels inspired by people who are actively engaged in what they love to do and inherently curious about those conditions and practices that help them, as individuals and groups of individuals, thrive and create what they want of life.
He’s been on Salt Spring Island since 1989. Being part of—and of service to—his community is important to him. He is an active volunteer with the Salt Spring Foundation, the Salt Spring Health Advancement Coalition and the Health & Wellness Group of School District #64 amongst other things.
Kate Nash, Pass It On Project Coordinator/Facilitator
After being at home with 3 babes in a row I felt re-inspired to work with youth again when I found out about the Pass It On project. I really feel pulled to work and connect with youth, especially young women; communicating and facilitating all the inspiring ideas they have.
There is a need for young women to connect because with this connection (between all the ages involved) comes more understanding confidence and ability that so positively will affect all our futures. The youth in School District #64 are excited to be involved, especially after all Pass It On’s past success. They are anxious to be mentors but more importantly, to have a place to share and learn and grow with other young women.
Sharyn Carroll, Project Coordinator Consent Project
Sharyn began working with youth as a teenager teaching dance in the suburbs of Toronto. After relocating to Vancouver Sharyn volunteered as a transcriber for a feminist newsletter and started working as an Educational Assistant. In 2003 she returned to the school system after taking time away from paid work to parent her daughter.
Sharyn holds a BA in Sociology and Woman’s Studies and is a trained midwife. She is the coordinator for Salt Spring’s FireFly Lantern Festival, which is now going into its eighth year.
Sharyn’s passions are closely tied to her strong belief in the power of community.
Erin Lee, Bookkeeper
Bio coming soon!
SWOVA Board of Directors
Sarah Koelling Belknap, MSSW, MDiv, Board Chair
Janet Chantler, B.Sc., Ph.D.
Janet is a retired Professor of Pathology who spent 40 years teaching young scientists and medical students at UBC in Vancouver. She has always been interested in nurturing young minds as well as conducting research into the ways viruses cause disease. Apart from formal teaching she has mentored many graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in how to conduct research, write scientific papers and theses as well as plan for their future careers.
Janet has two sons who gave her a thorough education in childhood and adolescent behaviour as well as in the importance of providing a stable and loving home environment for any child’s development into a healthy and responsible member of society. She also has three young grandsons who remind her of the tribulations along with the joys of early parenthood. She brings problem-solving abilities, empathy and a genuine affection for people in all walks of life to her membership of the SWOVA Board.
I was raised in Victoria, BC by very aware parents who instilled and nurtured in my character, a keen sense of empathy. After graduating from high school, I travelled the world and experienced some of its amazing offers. During a High School reunion I met and fell in love with an old friend. We were married on a beautiful beach and decided to move to Salt Spring Island and start a family. In the summer of 2008 we had our first son, Noah, followed by Benjamin in early 2010. After buying our first home and completing some major renovations, I started working for a local building contractor as a journeyman carpenter and really enjoyed being a part of the building world on Salt Spring. During my experience in building I noticed and seized an opportunity to open a green/eco building supply store. The perfect location opened up and I jumped at the chance to open Elements Home Design in 2008.
Two Years ago I joined the local Rotary – a volunteer service club that fills my need for giving back to Salt Spring and being part of a larger world wide community of volunteers. I was also invited/elected to be a commissioner on the “Economic Development Commission”, which fulfills my wishes to be engaged in the sustainable development, and the future of this community. I am also part of and very excited about the “Charter of Compassion” – a world wide effort to bring peace and a sense of compassion to every living thing. It is of course a tall order considering the times we live in, but I feel it’s a way to change the world for the better.
I believe that my interests in a peaceful, harmonious community and world are aligned with SWOVA, so being invited to the board is an honour. I very much appreciate serving SWOVA as a board member.
Before Edmonton, we lived in Vancouver for many years. We have owned property on Salt Spring since 2011 but now we live on the Island pretty much full time.
I’m a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UBC. I’ve worked in a few different industries during my career. My last role was as Chief Financial Officer of a fairly large private company with operations across Canada and overseas in Mongolia. I’m glad to be retired but I do miss the people that I used to work with. Having said that we have met so many terrific people here on Salt Spring. We consider ourselves very fortunate to be here and I really appreciate the opportunity to join SWOVA’s Board of Directors.