AGM 2023

Annual General Meeting 2023

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A group of people are sitting in rows at a past West Coast LEAF AGM.
Attendees enjoying a past AGM

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is a great opportunity to learn more about our work to improve justice and advance gender equality in BC. Spend an evening with us sharing food, meeting staff, and gathering with the West Coast LEAF community. Members and non-members are welcome, so feel free to bring your friends!

This year we hosted an exciting panel discussion on the intersection of housing and gender-based violence. Learn more about the program and meet our panelists below!

For event logistics, accessibility, and more details, visit our FAQ section.

Current members are eligible to vote, which means the opportunity to help shape West Coast LEAF’s goals and mandates, welcome new board members, and guide our overall success.

The AGM is held in the fall each year, so make sure your membership is up to date. Email Sharon Xia at if you have questions about your membership status.

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Help us fight for the dignity and equality of all women and those who experience gender-based discrimination. A donation of any amount qualifies you to opt in to membership.

Panel discussion

During the panel, advocates discussed BC’s housing crises at the intersection of human rights, gender-based violence and family policing, also known as child welfare.

Meet the panelists:


With over 30 years of front-line experience providing housing and supports to women who have experienced intimate partner violence, Lisa Rupert is currently the Vice President of Housing and Violence Prevention for the YWCA Metro Vancouver. She oversees 14 housing communities, including 3 second stage transition houses, as well as the YWCA’s PEACE, Legal Education, and Outreach programs. Throughout her career, Lisa has worked on projects that have influenced policies to support women leaving abusive partners. Through a collaborative approach and ongoing advocacy for the clients she serves, Lisa has created and implemented programs, facilitated workshops, been an active media spokesperson and a dedicated volunteer on housing and violence prevention services across Metro Vancouver.


Keri Guelke is a white, settler, and mother of twins who were born, raised, and currently lives on the stolen territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations in what is known as Vancouver, B.C. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 16. She has had three involuntary hospitalizations and five manic and depressive episodes. Keri worked as an Outreach worker with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) for eleven years. She continues to work with people who struggle with substance misuse. She has also worked with the Overdose Outreach Team. In the past few years, her work has included supporting pregnant birthing parents diagnosed with substance use disorder. She completed a Master of Public Policy and Social Administration: Social Change Leadership. She feels strongly about the need to change Canada’s drug laws. She is the administrator/respite worker for Parents Advocating Collectively for Kin (PACK).


Linoy Alkalay is of middle eastern Jewish decent and an immigrant to the state and an uninvited guest to the unceded stolen lands of the Coast Salish people. Linoy currently works as a Project Coordinator at RainCity Housing working on a project that looks at addressing systemic violence through harm reduction in the family system. Before joining RainCity Housing, Linoy worked in various frontline roles supporting women, youth, and families that are impacted by trauma, substance use, and mental health challenges. She is passionate about community approaches to break down the system and believes in addressing the impact of trauma through building and strengthening connection. Linoy holds a Masters in Leadership from Royal Roads University and a Graduate Certificate in Complex Trauma and Child Sexual Abuse Intervention from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.


Hello my name is Candice, however the spirits recognize me as Eagle Spirit Woman. I am of Dene, Cree, Scottish, and Irish decent. I work proudly in my community as a Dene, Cree cultural facilitator, and cultural research facilitator. Doing openings and Smudging/Brusing in the community to bring in the spirits and welcome our ancestors to gatherings. My goal in life is to re-awaken indigenous people to a connection of healing, through culture and ceremony. To bring indigenous voices culture and Knowledge to the Western world, and incorporate both knowings. To reawaken our DNA to our almost crushed traditions. By healing through our DNA we can safely keep our children out of the Ministry of Children and Family Development, instead foster Indigenous ways of knowing and being to supporting Indigenous mothers with wrap around care so they can safely care for their own children and relearn what was taken away from us as First Nations people.

Frequently Asked Questions

Event Details

Registration is now closed. Hopefully we’ll see you at our AGM next year!

Tuesday, October 17, 2023, from 5:30 pm to 7 pm.

Doors will open at 5 pm.

The event will be held at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre salons at 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver.

For more information on the venue, please see the Queen Elizabeth Theatre’s FAQ section.

There will be an assortment of light bites and refreshments to enjoy before and during the event from our friends at Savoury Chef.

Catering will be vegetarian, and there will be gluten and dairy-free options.

West Coast LEAF will have N95 masks available and recommends that attendees wear masks. There will be four air purifiers running during the event.

Parking is available at the Easy Park Queen Elizabeth Theatre parkade, beneath the theatre itself.

There will be a West Coast LEAF staff member photographing the event. If you do not want your photo taken for any reason, please let the photographer know. You may be photographed in a crowd shot. If you have safety concerns regarding photography, we will have a lanyard that you can wear to help us identify which crowd shots we should not publish or use to promote our activities.


ASL interpretation will be available throughout the program. There will be reserved seating in the front row for attendees who need a clear view of the interpreters.

The entire main floor is wheelchair accessible, including washrooms. There are accessible washrooms in the salons themselves.

Accessible parking is available at the Easy Park Queen Elizabeth Theatre parkade with an accessible parking decal. Accessible parking must be reserved 7-10 days in advance and is subject to availability. Call Easy Park at 1-888-501-1343 (extension 1) for more information or to reserve. There is an elevator from parking to the QET and Playhouse Hamilton Street entrances.

There is an accessible driveway for taxis and for pick up and drop offs on Hamilton Street between West Georgia and Dunsmuir Streets.

Only certified guide and service dogs are allowed into VCT venues.

The Vancouver Civic Theatres aims to provide safe spaces for enjoying entertainment and culture for all. Please do not wear scented lotions or perfumes to the theatres.

If you have any specific accessibility requirements, please get in touch with us at as soon as possible and we’ll do our best to support you.


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