The BC Society of Transition Houses is a member-based, provincial umbrella organization that, through leadership, support and collaboration, enhances the continuum of services and strategies to respond to, prevent and end violence against women, children and youth.

Our Team

Joanne Baker | Executive Director | joanne@bcsth.ca

Joanne Baker began working in the anti-violence sector 25 years ago in the UK. She has worked in women’s shelters, transition houses, sexual violence crisis services, counselling programs and provincial anti-violence organizations in the UK, Australia and Canada. Joanne has also worked as an academic at universities in Australia; teaching and researching in the areas of women’s studies, social policy and social work.

Amy FitzGerald | Director of Programs & Training

Amy has been a lawyer for over 20 years and previously was an Assistant Attorney General (AAG) in the Criminal Division at the Vermont Attorney General’s Office where she worked on unsolved homicides and was the domestic violence AAG focusing on policy, legislative and training issues. She was the founding Chair of Vermont’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Commission and served on Vermont’s Child Fatality Review Team. In B.C., Amy has been a policy analyst and has consulted on projects relating to safe transportation needs in Northern BC.

Hannah Lee | Manager of Membership Services

Hannah began her work with BCSTH in 2009. Her main role is to support and liaise with BCSTH membership and coordinating projects such as Building Supports and Reaching Out with Yoga projects. She is committed to her work ending gender-based violence and gets inspiration from members she supports, her colleagues and the women and children she serves. Outside of work, Hannah is a dedicated yoga practitioner and volunteers her time at a crisis line.

Nicky Bowman | Research Coordinator

Nicky joined BCSTH in 2017, working as Research Coordinator on the Reaching Out with Yoga project. She brings a background in social research and passion for yoga to this role. Previously, Nicky has worked on a variety of research projects in the areas of mental and physical health through University College London, King’s College London and in the non-profit sector in the UK. Other projects Nicky is involved with include developing our Increasing Access to Indigenous Women online training course and assisting the team with various research activities.

Pakka Liu | Training Coordinator

Pakka is passionate about ending violence against women and all forms of oppression. Having worked frontline in transition house, rape crisis centre and women’s centre, the diversity of her experience provides her with an understanding of the challenges that women face and their resistance. Pakka incorporates an anti-oppressive intersectional feminist framework throughout her trainings to provoke meaningful dialogues on the complex, multifaceted factors that contribute to inequality and social injustice. Pakka is a strong believer in creating social changes through information, education and collaboration.

Renée Turner | Researcher Coordinator

Renée comes to BCSTH with a passion for creating positive social change through community-based, community-focused research. She has previously worked a number of research on projects through the University of British Columbia and University of Sydney (Australia) in the areas of prison health, HIV prevention, and rural maternal health. She is excited to merge these interests with one of her biggest passions: yoga, with the Reaching Out with Yoga Project. Renée has been teaching yoga for 9 years, and is excited to bring her two ‘worlds’ together in this work.

Rhiannon Wong | Technology Safety Project Coordinator

Rhiannon joined BCSTH in 2007. Rhiannon has been in many roles at BCSTH but most notably as the Children and Youth Services Coordinator for 8 years. Currently she is the Technology Safety Coordinator. Through resource development, membership support, policy review and education, her work has primarily focused on the impact that violence against women can have on children, young people and mothers. She is committed to raise awareness about technology facilitated violence and the intersections of empowerment, safety of women and children, confidentiality and privacy. Rhiannon is grateful for the opportunity to learn from the wisdom of women and children with lived experience, BC’s anti-violence workers, project partners and inspirational colleagues who continue to influence her work.

Sonia Bhatia | Children & Youth Coordinator

Sonia have always been passionate about being a support and or a voice for those in need. She has worked as a Children Who Witness Abuse Counsellor (now known as PEACE Counsellor) and provided direct counselling, and support to woman and children who have experienced family violence. Sonia recognizes the different barriers women and children face in accessing services, and is committed to continue working to break down these barriers. She works from a culturally sensitive lens, and understands how ethnicity and culture can play a role in women and children’s lives. She strives to be able to give back to her community, on a macro scale, in her role at BCSTH. Sonia's educational background is in Social Work.

Tanyss Knowles | Project Coordinator

Tanyss is the project coordinator for the Getting Home Project, which focuses on long-term affordable housing solutions for women fleeing violence. She is passionate about community-building and social policy that meets local needs and promotes community strengths. Tanyss has worked with rural and remote communities in BC and all three territories on youth empowerment, popular education, and anti-violence projects. Outside of work, Tanyss loves to be surrounded by nature whether it’s backcountry camping or tending her balcony garden.

Tina Chau | Librarian

Tina began working for BCSTH in 2009 when she was hired to develop the BCSTH Library online catalogue. She now provides the full range of BCSTH Library services and is pleased that her library, teaching and research experience can be used to support the work being done by BCSTH members. She enjoys connecting people with the print, audiovisual and online resources they need, and welcomes requests and questions.