Alison first joined SWAN as a volunteer in 2009. In 2012 she transitioned into the Coordinator position before stepping into her current role as Executive Director in 2014.
Steering collaborative partnerships and connections with sex worker and migrant rights groups, Alison also oversees all aspects of SWAN's mission, campaigns, political advocacy, service provision and day-to-day operations. Her extensive experience providing front-line service and individual and systemic advocacy to sex workers fuels her passion for policy and law reform.
Alison holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor and Masters of Social Work, and is known for her engaging community presentations and strategic leadership.
In her free time, Alison enjoys riding motorcycle while brewing fearless visions for social justice.
Kelly began volunteering with SWAN in 2016 before stepping into a full-time Outreach Worker role in 2017. In the spring of 2019, she transitioned into her current Outreach Coordinator role and now oversees SWAN’s Outreach and Netreach programs, our outreach volunteers, and our quarterly SWANzine newsletter.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Kelly moved to Canada in 2008. She speaks fluent Cantonese, Mandarin and English, holds a Bachelor Degree in International Studies and is currently working towards a degree in Social Work.
When she isn’t working or studying, Kelly most enjoys hanging out with her dog.
A long-time psychology student and former counsellor, Tristen’s background is rooted in support work, mentoring and labour activism. Tristen joined SWAN and stepped into our new Peer Program Coordinator role in October 2020.
Originally born and raised in his traditional Ts'msyen territory on Kxeen (Prince Rupert), Tristen has long engaged in his culture through traditional practice, language, study, and community – all while navigating the systemic barriers that surround being Indigenous, queer and autistic. His lived experiences continue propelling his academic learning, advocacy, and community services work.
In his independent life, Tristen is an artist, social activist and multidisciplinary student.
Alice began volunteering with SWAN in 2016. She worked in several part-time projects for SWAN before stepping into her full time Outreach Worker role in August 2019.
A studious intellect and helper at heart, Alice assists with the delivery of SWAN's Outreach and Netreach services. Alice creates and sustains contact with independent workers and provides supports, referrals, accompaniment and advocacy as women's individual needs and situations warrant.
Alice speaks fluent English, Mandarin, and Cantonese, holds a Bachelor Degree in International Studies and is currently taking part-time Social Work classes. When she isn't busy with work or her studies, Alice enjoys good books and films, and getting out into nature as much as she can.
Jane first joined SWAN as a volunteer in January 2019 and began working as an Outreach Worker in July 2020.
Jane is a queer Chinese settler who lives on the unceded, traditional and ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Her interest in intergenerational healing and storytelling motivates her to fight for a world where love is not a limited resource, land is not mined, hearts are not filched, and bodies are not violated.
Outside of SWAN, Jane is a writer, poet, organizer, and editor.
Following fifteen years of front-line service and executive-level management in Vancouver's addictions and mental health sector, Andi came to SWAN in June 2019.
An intersectionally inclusive feminist to the core, Andi is a long-time advocate and grassroots activist for safety, equality and human rights for women and sex workers alike. With a wealth of lived experience, as well as working and academic knowledge, Andi assists with numerous projects and campaigns while innovating new means for advancing SWAN's operational growth, capacity and community engagement.
Andi enjoys practicing daily, random acts of kindness with reckless abandon and genuine love, and particularly when reciprocation is guaranteed to never occur.