Meet our Senior Staff

 

 

Janice Abbott
Chief Executive Officer
Janice Abbott has been the CEO of Atira Women's Resource Society since 1992. She has lead the Society through its incredible growth from a single transition house located in South Surrey with a staff of seven to a large multi-service agency with two, for-profit subsidiaries, a development arm and more than 700 staff. She has headed up numerous innovative capital projects including Canada’s first multi-unit recycled shipping container housing development, which was completed in August 2013.
 
Throughout Atira’s herstory, Janice has championed barrier-free and low-barrier access to programs and services for women, ensuring Atira’s programs are accessible to all women affected by violence including women who have traditionally been marginalized by mainstream society. She developed and works to honour in her daily practice and in her life Atira’s anti-oppression framework.
 
Janice is a Governor in Council appointee to the Board of Directors of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, where she chairs the Affordable Housing Committee and is a member of the Risk and Human Resource Committees. Janice was honoured with a Civic Merit Award by a unanimous Vancouver City Council in 2018; was named to the Power 50 list by Vancouver Magazine in 2017 and 2018;
 
She was named to the Power 50 list by Vancouver Magazine in 2017; recognized by BC Business Magazine as among one of BC's 35 Most Influential Women in 2016 and BC’s Most Influential Women in Not-for-Profit, Culture & Media in 2015.  Their panel said of Janice, “There’s a woman who’s been able to commercialize–in the most positive sense of the word– social enterprise in order to build more housing. Her drive is to create a very large, functioning not-for-profit entity focused on ending violence against women.”  She is also the recipient of numerous other awards including the 2013 BC Non-Profit Housing Association’s Denise LaBlond Award, recognizing her dedication and vision in affordable housing in BC; and the Ernst & Young 2010 Social Entrepreneur of the Year award.

 

 

Niki Antonopoulou
Executive Director, Human Resources
Niki has worked for Atira Women’s Resource Society since 1992, starting as a front-line support worker and moving into program management in 1997. In her capacity as program manager, Niki was responsible for all aspects of program and property management at those sites she was responsible for including Koomseh Second-Stage Transition Housing program in Surrey and Bridge Housing for Women, a seven-storey development in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. In 2004, Niki took on the role of Director, Human Resources and lead Atira’s human resources department through prodigious growth. She was the Executive Director, Operations from 2010 to 2018, after which she took on the role of Executive Director, Human Resources and brought her vast knowledge of Atira and the sector as well as her expertise to that position. 
 
Niki holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Certificate in Human Resources and a rental property manager license (since expired). Her love of learning continues to expand her understanding of the world, especially through online university courses. Niki’s expansive front-line and management experience enables her to understand the needs of the women and children who access Atira’s programs and services as well as Atira’s more than 700 staff.

 

 

Jacqui Evans-Atkinson
Executive Director, Finance & Administration
Jacqui is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Professional Accountant with more than 30 years of experience. She has a broad base of expertise including financial statement preparation and review, budgeting and forecasting, financial analysis, strategic planning, and improving financial reporting and process control.