Amanda Trotter has been the Executive Director with the Society since the beginning of 2015. Amanda brings a vast wealth of knowledge to the organization. Her international lifestyle began in 1983 where she was a Rotary Exchange Student from South Africa to the United States. Since then, she graduated, with honours from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with a Bachelor of Social Science, Industrial Sociology, and Industrial Anthropology in 1987, launching her successful career.
Her areas of expertise include public relations, business management, human resources, and staff training and development to name a few. Amanda has worked and lived abroad to include her home country of South Africa, United States, England, and Canada, finally becoming a citizen of three countries in 2017 when she obtained Canadian Citizenship. Amanda’s move to Fort St. John was because of the desire to get back into the roots of activism. She saw the need in Canada for women’s rights and advocacy.
Since arriving to our doorstep in 2015; Amanda has flipped the organization around, and in the right direction. She has reestablished the Society into a household name, stressed the importance of our frontline work, revised our organizational structure in terms of policies and procedures, reinstate medical benefits and pension for staff members – a missing piece of staff retention for over 10 years. With our clients knowing her as “Street Mom”, Amanda has made a lasting impact on not only our organization, but our community.
Melody was born and raised in the Fort St John area, and worked in the traffic control, oil and gas, and trucking industries before completing the Social Services Worker Diploma at Northern Lights College.
Melody joined the Women’s Resource Society because of her desire to see people in the community who are facing life challenges empowered to live better lives and overcome hurdles. She enjoys enabling people to access services that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to, due to barriers both within social systems and on an individual level.
Melody plans to stay in the community and continue her education, pursuing both a certificate in criminology and a bachelor’s degree in social work.
Jenn is a social worker who completed the Inner-city Social Work program in Winnipeg in 2003. Jenn has become an incredible asset to the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society as the Outreach and Housing Coordinator and brings fantastic work experience. Jenn has a lot of experience with Outreach work. She has worked with vulnerable sectors of the population, including gang members, incarceration, homelessness, and mental health and addictions. Jenn also has lived experience and naturally demonstrates empathy to all individuals. Jenn is also a certified yoga instructor and has conducted trauma informed yoga on the streets which was beneficial to the population and assisted individuals with having a chance to relax and learn appropriate breathing techniques.
Jenn has been employed with the Women’s Resource since July 2018 and has shown a great deal of care towards the clients. Jenn is an asset to the organization and works incredible with the clients and is a great addition to the team.
Telitha started her journey with the Women’s Resource Society as a volunteer at the end of 2015; and as a student of the SSWD program, she requested to complete her practicum at the beginning of 2016. Telitha showed great promise with her interactions with clients and willingness to learn. This prompted her first job opportunity with the Society as a temporary law advocate and then transitioned into a summer student.
Telitha left an impression on the Society. When an opportunity arose for a Family Law Advocate, the job was fitted perfectly for someone who has already put the time and effort into the organization. Finishing her final practicum to complete her Bachelors of Social Work degree, Telitha is pioneering the Family Law Advocate program. The program will officially launch in December 2018.
Robert has the distinction of being the only lawyer to have lived and practiced law in the three major communities of Northeast British Columbia: Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Fort Nelson. Being a former Family Lawyer, Criminal Defense Lawyer and Crown Prosecutor, Robert now engages in a full-time Business Law practice that includes residential and commercial real estate transactions.
Robert has been the Poverty Law Supervising Lawyer for the Fort St. John Women's Resource Society for over 12 years and takes great pride in supervising the incredible work that the Poverty Law Advocates at the Women's Centre provide. Robert also currently holds the contract with the Legal Services Society as the local agent for the Fort St John Region, providing legal assistance for low-income clients on Family, Criminal and Child Protection matters.
Robert moved to the Peace River Region with his wife and young family in 1995, shortly after completing Law School at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. His family already knew then that the beauty of the Peace Region and the warmth and kindness of the people they would come to know would preclude any notion that they could ever live anywhere else.