Our team is made up of three groups:
Shantel Ivits has served as an organizer of CWHWC since it began in 2011. They’ve worn many hats as a trans activist, including Lead Content Developer of Trans Rights BC, co-founder of the Trans Community Kitchen, and co-organizer of the Wellness Retreat for Trans Sex Workers. They also played a key role in lobbying the government to fund a province-wide trans health program (now known as Trans Care BC). Shantel is a Basic Education Instructor by trade and teaches an upgrading class for LGBTQ2S+ students at Vancouver Community College. They live in New West with a naughty terrier named Huckleberry.
cedars are a crazy neurodivergent spoonie and CWHWC organizer focusing on design, accessibility, and IT. They live and work in East Van with a human nestmate and faithful stuffed wolf companion.
Eli Wall is truly grateful and excited to be a part of the counselling team at Catherine White Holman. They are a white, non-binary settler living and working on the unceded and ancestral lands of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam Nations. Eli works as a trauma counsellor at a community non-profit. They approach counselling through relational, trauma-informed, harm reduction, Sensorimotor (mind-body), as well as gender and sexuality affirming lenses. Values of resilience, anti-oppression, and connection guide their practice. In their free time they can be found doting on their two beautiful cat children.
J. Matsui De Roo
J. Matsui De Roo is a registered clinical counsellor, clinical supervisor, and consultant who is honoured to provide clinical supervision to the CWHWC counselling team. A mixed race Japanese Canadian, queer, nonbinary settler, Matsui lives and works on the ancestral, unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
Matsui’s work is grounded in anti-oppression theory and practice. Areas of focus include resilience and healing from trauma, abuse and oppression; honouring intersectional queer, trans and gender diverse identities; resisting ableism when living with chronic pain, disability and illness; and celebrating sexual health, wellness and pleasure.
Lindsay Chronister is a white cis femme Registered Social Worker. Lindsay provides low-barrier counselling for sex workers at PACE Society and coordinates their Gender Self Determination Project, which supports trans, non binary and two-spirit folks with legal name and gender marker changes on I.D. Her practice is based in trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, harm reduction, sex positive, and gender affirming approaches, and she is trained in EMDR 1 and 2. In her spare time she can be found riding her bike, reading, and talking nonsense with her cat, Boris.
Adrienne Smith is a lawyer in the legal advice clinic at CWHWC. They graduated from UBC law school in 2013 and were called to the bar in British Columbia in 2014. Their recent work involves litigation and advocacy on behalf of drug users, prisoners in provincial correctional facilities, sex workers, and transgender people. At the centre, they give free human rights, criminal, family, and employment law advice, and notarize name change and other forms. Adrienne Smith lives and works in the Downtown Eastside where they are working to reduce the harm which law causes on marginalized communities.
Benji is a lawyer with the CWHWC legal advice clinic. They graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2017, and were called to the bar in 2019. At the clinic, they provide free criminal and family law legal advice, advice on acquiring PWD status, and notarize name change and other forms.
Islai is a social worker who moved to Vancouver in January. They are dedicated to Anti-Oppressive Practice and social justice and would love to help connect you to the resources in our community.
Adam Lynes-Ford is thrilled to support the Centre’s work by serving on the board. As a trans person, he knows how hugely important it can be to access care that feels safe and celebratory of trans and genderqueer folks and is grateful for the role the Centre plays in making that possible.
Hlamomsim Anon is a Gitxsan 2s femme hailing from the village of Anspayaxw. This Matriarch has a lot of professional experience facilitating culturally relevant sexual health educational sessions. The work they are most proud of is as Nixdaa, or Aunty, building and nurturing community connections. Things that ignite their passion are: gender freedom, making/birthing/raising babies, fluevogs, taking up space, ancestral magic, big earrings (big hoops, bigger dreams) & being a hype man for my peoples.
Living that Northern Femme Realness on the unceded territories of the Tsmsyen, raising wolf cubs with my main squeeze.
Jodi brings business experience and a passion for helping others to the board. After spending over 20 years working in Accounting and Administration, she left to pursue what she considers more gratifying work. She is on the board of Citizens for Accessible Neighborhoods and volunteers with several mental health organizations. Jodi is also a Peer Researcher working on a Community Based Research study to improve mental healthcare for gender nonconforming people. She is very excited to be a part of CWHWC.
Tasha is passionate about exploring how creativity and social change overlap. She has worked with various community-led organizations using art, film, theatre and social media to amplify grassroots voices. She is excited to use her experience in non-profit management, funding raising, and community organizing to contribute to the growth and sustainability of the CWHWC. You can often find Tasha wearing big earrings, spending time with her adorable nieces and nephews, and talking trash about patriarchy with the people she loves.
Zena’s a femme force of nature and a passionate advocate for queer and trans health. She’s been a CWHWC board member since 2014 and has served as board co-chair since 2015. Zena works as a strategist, which means that her job is to help organizations understand their core purpose, work with complexity and collaborate to achieve positive impacts. She’s also a writer, speaker and editor of the Lambda Literary award-winning anthology, The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016). Zena lives in East Van and is the proud co-parent of a wonderful baby.