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 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.

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.

Rasheed Ahmed | Office Administrator

Rasheed is a recent graduate who is keen to engage in conversations about and address causes of social inequity. He is an ardent supporter of utilizing a feminist intersectional framework to address systems of power and hopes to contribute positively to the movement centered on ending violence against women. Rasheed has worked in various different capacities (management, research, outreach, planning) with community organizations centered on issues of social and environmental justice. He hopes to meet new friends and allies at the society as well as to learn from the vast resources that BCSTH has to offer.

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 | Children & Youth Coordinator

Rhiannon joined BCSTH in 2007. 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 also committed to raise awareness about technology abuse 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, 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.

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.