Our board of directors is a governance body that works in collaboration with SWAN’s leadership team to steward the organization's vital social justice work and mission.  Board directors are specialized volunteers who draw upon their professional, personal, and experiential knowledge to play a governance role in the organization. 

While board members are elected for 2-year terms at SWAN's Annual General Meeting, applications to join the board are welcome any time.  See here for more information or to apply.

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Board Co-Chair & Treasurer


pronouns: she/her/hers - Mindy earned her designation as a Certified General Accountant in 2004 and is a member of Chartered Professional Accountants Association of Canada.  She works in public practice and for more than fifteen years has served many charitable and non-profit organizations in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. 

Mindy was introduced to SWAN through a like-minded colleague, and saw the opportunity to join SWAN’s Board as a way to learn more about the organization’s unique team and work while supporting both.

I have a particular interest in the interchange between financial information and advocacy.”

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Board Co-Chair


pronouns: she/her/hers - Jenny is a graduate of BCIT’s Software Development Program, and has worked in a variety of data research and management roles.  In 2005 through her previous employment with the BC Centre for Disease Control, she became involved with the Asian Society for the Intervention of AIDS, for their Orchid Project, an indoor sex worker and outreach service project in Vancouver.

Jenny has also worked extensively with Providence Health Care, and the Centre for Gender & Sexual Health  Equity's  AESHA  (An Evaluation of Sex Workers  Health  Access)  Project,  where she  conducted  translated surveys, participant interviews and outreach services.  

Jenny's direct connection to indoor sex workers remains strong. Through personal and professional ties with this community, she had always heard about SWAN’s unique services. 

“When the opportunity to join SWAN’s Board came up, I gladly took it.”  

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Director - Currently On Leave


pronouns: she/her/hers - Jane has practice experience in victim services, gender and sexual health, youth substance use, newcomer supports, community-based research, and adult guardianship. A significant part of her work concerns critical perspectives on capability, risk, and difference.  She is grounded personally and professionally by epistemic humility, radical softness, intersectional feminism, Indigenous resurgence, and difference-centered ethics.

Jane first became involved with SWAN as a volunteer in 2012, later joining the team as an outreach worker. Her anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and critical social work practice approach is deeply informed by her experiences at SWAN. She returns to SWAN as a board member with the intention of furthering her commitment to sex work activism and im/migrant women’s rights.

“I joined SWAN’s board because I feel strongly about the impacts of oppressive policies and practices on im/migrant women engaged in sex work. I believe in the value of our work and uniqueness of this organization.”

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