sherry marshall - president
Sherry joined the board as a director in October 2005, she wanted to give back in our community and a friend invited her to take part in their "Take Back the Night" walk. She has played a key role with the Society ever since. Sherry has watched the Women's Resource Society grow bigger every year, with so many important programs being developed and implemented into our portfolio.
Her favourite being "Kids for Xmas" program.
"I love being a part of a community that gives back so generously, and that I can see, how helping can be so life changing and so uplifting to those who just need a hand to stand."
Becky pruden - Vice president
The energetic and charismatic Becky Belle returned to Fort St John almost 5 years ago after a 10-year leave. Her love for this Northern Community and the desire to help those in need of a helping hand is what brought her to the Board in 2018.
She feels that it is incredibly important to bring awareness of the Society to the Community to help end the stigma of violence against women and children, poverty and addictions...alone we are strong, but together we are stronger.
Amy Irvine - treasurer
Amy joined the Board as Treasurer in 2018. Having received her CA designation in 2015, she knew joining the WRS Board would be a unique opportunity to enable her to give back to the community that she is proud to live and work in. Amy considers herself very fortunate to be a part of an organization who has accomplished so much since its inception and looks forward to seeing the Society grow and adapt to the ever-changing needs of our Northern Community.
jennifer pimm - Vice President
Jen was elected to the board in 2014, serving as Secretary for almost 3 years before being elected as the Vice President. Jen has worked closely with the Vagina Monologues since 2010, both acting and producing and directing in 2017 and 2018. Jen also plays a key role in media for the Women’s Resource Centre doing interviews for the radio, newspaper, and local television; press releases; and fundraising events.
Born and raised in Fort St John, Mindy is a single mother of three children and strives to live a purpose driven life that serves the betterment of humanity. She is an Indigenous community relations professional with extensive experience collaborating with First Nation communities, the oil and gas industry, and the BC provincial government. Mindy has worked as an External Relations Advisor with Shell Canada since 2012, developing and managing the company’s engagement and consultation relationships with the Indigenous Peoples in northeast British Columbia, including the delivery and reporting on social investment initiatives, workforce development and training, and supporting negotiations of agreements. Mindy also is a Director of her Tahltan Nation's development corporation and is committed to working collaboratively toward a prosperous future for Indigenous Peoples.
Jamie Parsons has been on the board since 2016. Jamie is an enthusiastic member of our board as she takes the initiative to do various drives and fundraisers on behalf of the Society. Prior to her joining the board, Jamie was a reliable volunteer for our annual show, The Vagina Monologues, and always plays the key part in obtaining the ever popular WestJet raffle tickets. She continues to amaze us with her continued partnerships with Shoppers Drug Mart and as an Arbonne Products Consultant.
kelsey dawley - Secretary
Kelsey has been on the board since October 2016. She joined the board after becoming familiar with the organization when she was in the 2015 Vagina Monologues. Kelsey then went on to organize a fundraiser through her workplace for the Women's Resource Society.
"It is such an amazing place that serves so many purposes for people in need in our community, and I was eager to become a bigger part of it and help out where I could. I love fundraising and social media and those are the main areas that I look forward to helping out with as we go forward."
The FSJWRS is a passion of Hannah’s. As a child survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault she was destined to advocate for those who could not. Hannah moved to Fort St. John in 2006 escaping an abusive relationship. Employment opportunities in the northeast were incredible for women and it helped her rebuild her life. Over the past 12 years Hannah has served various roles at the Women’s Resource Centre such as volunteer, bookkeeper and most recently treasurer.
“Throughout my time with the FSJWRS I have nurtured relationships with Clients, Staff, Volunteers and Board Members. I was of the belief that my socioeconomic background would protect me from harm in our community. In 2011, I was sexually assaulted by a stranger and my life fell to pieces. I spent time at the Psychiatric ward in Dawson Creek, was overly medicated and broken. My fellow Board Members, Staff and Clients helped mend my life. Sadly there are very little resources in our community to help one recover. Out of this experience I gained a greater empathy for our clients. It took me 2 ½ years before I returned to work. Throughout this journey, I realized that your traumatic events in childhood cause medical conditions as you age such as diabetes, obesity and depression. It is essential to work through those life experiences and let them go. #MeToo
My goal is to empower women and girls through knowledge and education.”