About SHARP Workplaces

Sexual Harassment Advice, Response, and Prevention for Workplaces (SHARP Workplaces) is a 4.5-year project developed and delivered in partnership by the Ending Violence Association of BC and Community Legal Assistance Society. We are grateful for the financial support of the Department of Justice Canada that makes this program possible.

The program aims to increase public knowledge, skills, confidence, and competence in managing complex issues related to workplace sexual harassment, and to improve access to legal supports and resources for people who experience workplace sexual harassment.

The Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC) is a dynamic, solutions-based provincial non-profit association that trains and supports over 300 anti-violence programs and cross-sector initiatives across BC that respond to sexual and domestic violence, child abuse, criminal harassment and workplace bullying and sexual harassment.

In our more than 29 years as a leader in this field, we have developed extensive experience creating policies, procedures, best practices and training to create safer cultures to prevent and address incidences of harassment, abuse, and violence. Workplace-focussed training and resources cover topics such as responding to reports and disclosures of sexual harassment and violence, policy and legislation, conducting workplace investigations, managing safety and transforming workplace culture.

Website: endingviolence.org

CLAS provides free confidential legal advice to persons throughout BC who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, including information and advice on legal options, processes and remedies. Clients may receive legal advice from a lawyer for up to five (5) hours. Lawyers will advise on provincial and federal human rights, employment and labour, workers compensation and criminal law as appropriate. CLAS takes a holistic, trauma-informed approach in assisting clients. This means acknowledging and recognizing trauma and its impacts, creating safety and supporting clients to make their own choices. CLAS provides clients with referrals to appropriate ancillary services, such as counseling. Where in-person services are not possible, legal advice may be given by telephone or video conference. Website: clasbc.net/sharpworkplaces
  • Training and accessible guidelines to build employer and worker awareness of rights and responsibilities related to workplace sexual harassment
  • Development of referral networks among service providers
  • Adaptable policy templates and training for employers and workers
  • A free legal advice clinic
  • Extensive legal education materials, available to the public 24/7 through this online resource hub.

What is workplace sexual harassment?

Workplace sexual harassment is conduct of a sexual or gender-based nature, that is unwelcome, and detrimentally affects the work environment or leads to negative job-related consequences. Learn more

Project team

Perminder Flora, program coordinator, EVA BCWith almost 30 years of experience in the anti-violence sector, Perminder’s commitment to facilitating culturally responsive and trauma-informed access to violence prevention services for victims and survivors across diverse communities is unwavering.

Perminder is a graduate of SFU and her career commenced with providing direct services to victims of crime and counselling support to survivors of gender-based and sexual violence. Prior to joining EVA BC, she worked at MOSAIC in various roles and had the opportunity to develop and implement programs that addressed the intersecting systems which create barriers for multiculturally diverse communities. She used her knowledge gained from working front line to inform the development of new projects and initiatives to support survivors and service providers. Perminder has contributed to the development of multiple trainings, policies and best practices across sectors and nationally.

In her role as an EVA BC Project Lead, Perminder brings her enthusiasm and expertise to supporting the development of the SHARP Workplace Sexual Harassment Program and to working with the EVA BC team.

Corinne brings a passion for equity, inclusion and diversity built working with traditional, industrial workplaces in BC to create respect, access and opportunity for everyone. She has held executive positions in communications, diversity and inclusion and stakeholder relations, with experience in the private sector, government and not-for profit organizations.

Her passion and knowledge has expanded about gender based violence as Corinne joined EVA BC in 2018 to grow the reach of our Be More Than a Bystander program to workplaces, and since that time has developed partnerships with some of the largest organizations in BC. Today, Corinne is responsible for EVA’s prevention programs, including the Be More Than a Bystander kids and workplace programs, corporate and union training and resources, and SHARP Workplaces, a federally-funded project focused on preventing and responding to workplace sexual harassment. She also leads EVA BC’s Communications department, and is responsible for media relations and outreach.

When not at work, you can find Corinne enjoying the beaches of Vancouver Island with her amazing husband, daughter, son and dogs.

Ninu Kang, executive director, EVA BCNinu has held numerous leadership roles in her career, including as Board President at both the Women’s Research Centre and at Battered Women’s Support Services. Ninu was one of the founding members of the Punjabi Women’s Association and of the South Asian Community Coalition Against Youth Violence. She also co-chaired the Ending Relationship Abuse Society of BC.

While at MOSAIC for nearly 30 years, Ninu served as a member of the Executive Leadership Team in addition to her work in the community, such as leading the Surrey Organizing Against Racism and Hate Network to facilitate dialogue to establish best practices, raise public awareness about racism and hate activities, and develop response strategies to address these incidents in Surrey.

With an academic background in Economics and Counselling Psychology, Ninu has worked as a researcher and consultant on projects with a community-based action focus. She has facilitated training in anti-violence and anti-racism across North America and the globe, recognized as a leader and visionary in the field. As well, she has consulted with various women’s groups and community organizations regarding issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

On a personal note, Ninu enjoys hiking, yoga, meditation, and sharing vegetables from her garden with neighbours. Born in India and having moved to Canada at age ten, she says she embraces her role of “walking in two cultures” within Surrey’s South Asian community.

Coral is a Cree lawyer from Northern Saskatchewan with the SHARP Workplaces Program at Community Legal Assistance Society. She joined CLAS in Jaunary 2018 as a Legal Advocate in the Mental Health Law Program.

Coral obtained her B.A. Honours in International Studies Cooperation and Conflict with minors in history and political studies from the University of Saskatchewan. Coral went on to graduate from UBC Law and was called to the bar by the Law society of Ontario. In addition, Coral has an M.A. in socio-legal studies from the University of the Basque Country.

Jennifer KhorJennifer is Supervising Lawyer and Project Manager for CLAS’s SHARP Workplaces. She established the SHARP Workplaces legal clinic in 2020. Jennifer provides legal advice and delivers education and training on workplace sexual harassment.

Jennifer graduated from Mount Allison University with a Bachelor of Science and obtained her law degree from Dalhousie University. She was admitted to the Law Society of BC in 1997.  She has practiced primarily human rights, employment and labour law.

Jennifer has dedicated her career to addressing access to justice, human rights and gender issues. Prior to joining CLAS, Jennifer worked for Legal Services Society (Legal Aid BC) opening legal aid offices across the province.  She has worked internationally leading projects to improve access to justice and human rights in Africa and Asia. She has been a past Board member for West Coast LEAF, West Coast Domestic Workers Association (now Migrant Workers Centre) and a legal aid clinic in Ontario.

Jacqui MendesJacqui joined the Community Legal Assistance Society in early 2020; she has a proven track record and extensive experience in diverse organizations within complex regulatory and governance frameworks in the non-profit, community and private sectors. Her work has included strategic planning, stakeholder relations, advocacy, governance, operations, human resources, finance and communications.

Previously Jacqui was instrumental in creating and leading the BC Notaries Association which provides support for notaries providing legal and real estate services in the province. She worked for many years in the social housing sector with the BC Non-Profit Housing Society (BCNPHA), helping to grow the organization in the social housing community and as a key voice in assisting non-profit landlords and community organizations to serve those in need across the province. Her career has included supporting the fine arts and the theatre at the Tate Gallery and the Royal Court Theatre in the United Kingdom respectively, and working in the private sector in retail and wholesale distribution in her home country of Guyana, South America.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of London, UK. Giving back as a volunteer board member is one of her personal commitments, and Jacqui continues to serve on non-profit community boards to support anti-racism, seniors, affordable housing and the fine arts.

Advisory committee

Amina El MantariAmina El mantari is a community change maker. Making the difference is one of her top core values. She moved to North Vancouver from Morocco in 2006 she had no idea the direction her life would take. Flash forward 16 years, and she’s an active, happy member of her community, with a thriving career and growing daughter. Fluent in three languages, and conversant in two more, Amina is not only a skilled linguist but a talented professional with a knack for identifying and nurturing talent.

Amina’s professional focus is human resources and people engagement. She currently hold a role of People & Culture Specialist at Neptune Bulk Terminals. She is the driver behind internal staff engagement initiatives, crafting policies and procedures and she leads the coaching of Neptune staff at all levels. She is Certified Coach and continuing her professional development with plans to pursue her Master Engagement Strategist Coach through the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Over the course of her career she has led Policy and Governance Committee, Employee issues management, and diversity and inclusion functions.

Amina is not content to simply work: Amina has continued serving her community. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Capilano Alumni Association, and volunteered for both the North Shore Crisis Services Society and the Parkgate Community Services Society. Amina was first place Winner of Soroptimist International Award of the North Shore in 2016, an organization working to improve the lives of girls and women in the North Shore, and later she was awarded the Capilano University Alumni Association Unified Award of Excellence in 2018.

Her goal to join SHARP Workplaces Advisory Committee is to bring the change to workplaces around Gender-based sexual violence and provide tools and initiatives that support employers and employees to voice those issues in the workplaces process and policies.

She is always delighted to talk about coaching, law, cross-culture, supporting mental health, and feminism.

Roop JohalRoop Johal moved from England to Canada in 2009. Enamored with the greenery and beautiful mountain views of the west coast, immigrating to Vancouver, British Columbia was a natural fit. With her passion for entrepreneurship and community engagement, she actively supports her local community in both her career and volunteer capacity.

Health and fitness is an important part of Roop’s life. In her free time, she loves to exercise and enjoys photography. She also has sat on community fundraising boards such as the BCSPCA event committee. Her goal is to continue to support her community whilst developing her career in the business.

As a female, minority, and immigrant entrepreneur with a disability, she can offer valuable perspective in the development of the EVA SHARP Workplaces program.

Roop works as the Business Development and Sponsorship Manager at Small Business BC.

Elaine AlecElaine Alec (she/her) is an author, political advisor, women’s advocate and spiritual thought leader and teacher and is a direct descendant of hereditary chiefs, Pelkamulaxw and Soorimpt.

For over two decades, Elaine has been leading expert in Indigenous community planning, health advocacy and creating safe spaces utilizing Indigenous approaches and ceremony. She is the author of “Calling My Spirit Back” a book which links an extremely personal examination of lived experience to a much broader overview of serious national sociological concerns, accompanied by tangible steps to approach them.

Alec was a founding member of the Comprehensive Community Planning Mentorship Initiative in British Columbia. She is a founding partner at Alderhill Planning Inc. and is a regular speaker at conferences and workshops on the topic of Indigenous planning, governance, healing and trauma informed approaches in planning.

She is involved in the SHARP Workplaces Advisory Committee, a board member with the Canadian Centre of Policy Alternatives (CCPA-BC) and recently completed a 3-year term as the Union of BC Indian Chiefs Women’s Representative where she advocated for Indigenous women and girls safety through facilitating safe spaces to plan and drive policy change at various levels of government.

Elaine resides in Kamloops, British Columbia with her husband Ryan Day and is the proud mom of Kyle, Raven, Phoenix and Teslin.

Disability Alliance BC (DABC) is the only disability organization in BC that is working to specifically address violence against all women with disabilities. Karen has been developing and coordinating DABC’s anti-violence projects since 2012. Since 2014 she has been a member of the Community Coordination for Women’s Safety provincial working group.

2012-2015 DABC collaborated with the DisAbled Women’s Network (DAWN) Canada on the national InFocus project, which addressed violence against people with disabilities; Karen was the BC Coordinator for this project. 2015-16, Karen designed the Right to be Safe full-day training on women with disabilities and violence and delivered the training to service providers from 11 communities in 5 host communities in BC, as well as delivering the training at the 2015 provincial, cross-sectoral Together BC Collaborates to Stop Sexual and Domestic Violence conference; Since 2015, she has delivered a bi-annual presentation on women with disabilities, violence, and access to services for Battered Women’s Support Services crisis line training volunteers.

In 2016, she provided input into the Provincial Office of Domestic Violence’s jurisdictional scan, literature review, and key informant interviews on services for women and girls with disabilities experiencing violence. In 2016, Karen was a subject matter expert for the revision of EVA BC’s Sexual Assault Support Worker Handbook, reviewing the manual with a disability lens.

2017-18, Karen coordinated the creation of ASL and plain language resources for people with disabilities and a service providers’ webinar as part of DABC’s How I Need to Know: Helping People with Disabilities Who Are Victims of Crime Understand the Justice System project. In November 2018, she participated in the Stakeholder Roundtable on Gender-based Violence with Premier Horgan and Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity.

In 2019, Karen coordinated the project Sexual Assault Reporting Options: Increasing Access for Women with Disabilities, which created an ASL video and plain language help sheet for people with disabilities, as well as collaborating with subject matter experts: EVA BC, BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS), and Chastity Davis Consulting (Indigenous consultant) to create a plain language addition to the community-based victim services third-party report form, and a checklist for service providers on creating accessible and culturally appropriate services. In December 2019, she was a participant in the Indigenous Gender-based Analysis Plus national workshop held in Vancouver.

2018-2019, Karen was on the Community Advisory Board for the Changing Perceptions: Reimagining Sexual Assault to Better Support Survivors project. In February 2020 Karen developed a webinar for the Ministry of Public Safety on Trauma-Informed Approaches to Working with People with Disabilities that was delivered through the Justice Institute of BC for the justice system and anti-violence sectors.

In 2020, she was a contributor for the Community Legal Assistance Society’s manual, Sexual Harassment Advice, Response and Prevention Work for Ad Hoc Lawyers; Karen provided information on working with clients with disabilities for the chapter, Serving the Client: Intersectional Identities. Currently, Karen is coordinating DABC’s project, Indigenous Women, Disability, and Violence: Giving Voice to Lived Experiences to Address Service Gaps in the Anti-Violence Sector, working with partners the BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS), and Chastity Davis Consulting.

Airika OwenAirika Owen is the Executive Administrator for the Northern Society for Domestic Peace in Northern BC. As a former journalist, Airika came to her role in the organization as a grant writer, securing funding for the variety of social service programs the Society operates. Now, she is the finance administrator, head of Second Stage housing, on the housing development team for two new builds the Society is undertaking and leads the CAMP/CAMPUS program.

In 2018 Airika and two NSDP counsellors developed and began delivering annual presentations about sexual harassment and assault on Canadian university campuses for graduating rural and Indigenous students who were leaving their home support networks for city post-secondary education. That CAMPUS project continues but has since expanded to include geographically-isolated reforestation camps.

Now Airika and a team of NSDP presenters work with many companies across central and Northern BC and into Alberta to deliver the CAMP program; sexual harassment and assault training for co-ed camp-based workplaces.

In 2020, despite Covid-19 interruptions, the CAMP team were able to fund and run a collaborative project with industry and government to explore system changes for reducing assaults and harassment in treeplanting camps and were able to produce industry-specific training videos for use in future CAMP presentations. Airika is thrilled to be working with the SHARP team to explore more ways to raise awareness and reduce the rates of workplace harassment and assaults.

Donalda BeesonDonalda lives in Valemount BC, where she has worked with Robson Valley Community Services (RVCS) for almost a decade. Currently she is the Manager of Therapeutic Services and Quality Assurance, but has held a variety of roles over the years including: Safe Home Coordinator, STV and PEACE Counsellor, Anti-Violence and Early Years program Supervisor.

She co-chairs RVCS’s local Community Coordination for Women’s Safety (CCWS) and Integrated Case Assessment Team (ICAT).

Additionally, before moving into management, Donalda was the agency’s Union Shop Steward for 3 years and worked in organizing for the same union during two extended leaves of absence.