The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre (VSAC) is happy to
announce that Elijah Zimmerman has been employed as its new government director.
Zimmerman replaces Jane Sterk, former chief at Cowichan Girls In opposition to
Violence, who acted as interim government director over the previous yr.
Zimmerman, a former professor of communication research at Waterloo College, brings greater than a decade of expertise supporting survivors of home and sexual assault via front-line work from a feminist, anti-oppressive basis. He additionally brings the expertise of being a trans masculine, white-settler immigrant to Canada.
As government director, Zimmerman will lead VSAC in its day-to-day operations and in reaching its bigger objectives, resembling acquiring funding for its clinic, rising its award-winning outreach and education schemes, growing networks with Indigenous communities, and launching a brand new strategic plan for the group.
Message From Elijah:
I’m happy to introduce myself as the brand new government director of VSAC, and as a visitor to the territories of the Lkwungen and WSÁNEC peoples. I grew up on the normal homeland of the Dakota and Ojibwe, also referred to as Minnesota, in a working class and farming neighborhood of Scandinavian, German, and Scottish-Irish settlers. I come to the work of ending sexualized violence via intersecting experiences of getting served within the army, acquiring my doctorate in communication and tradition with a give attention to consciousness-raising, feminism, and therapeutic, and my lived embodiment as trans masculine.
I’m arriving from the West Kootenays and the
territory of the Sinixt, the place I loved canoeing Slocan Lake, mountain climbing with my
companion and canine, and appreciating the wildlife. I additionally just lately spent 18
months on the homeland of the Inuit, Dene, Cree, and Metis on the Hudson Bay in
Churchill, MB as an government director for a discipline station supporting Northern
analysis and schooling. Right here, I used to be transfixed by sea ice, in awe of aurora
borealis, besotted with beluga whales, and impressed by polar bears. A few of my
favorite issues are public libraries, neighborhood recreation, artwork, picket boats,
It’s a privilege to be chosen to guide a
feminist group devoted to anti-oppression, inclusivity, and to therapeutic
colonial, systemic and private violence. I deliver to the position a imaginative and prescient for
widening VSAC’s dedication to Reconciliation, for deepening inside and
exterior Relationships, for strengthening organizational programs to construct
Resiliency and Regeneration, and for extending our Attain in advocacy,
schooling, and therapeutic inside the area people and past.
Over the past yr below the management of
interim government director, Jane Sterk, a collectively created momentum at VSAC
has fostered stability and empowered engagement from the board, employees,
volunteers, donors, and companions to proceed the important work of supporting ladies
and all Trans survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse. Rising
out of this fertile floor is my rent as a everlasting government director and the
improvement of a brand new strategic plan this Spring. These modifications deliver forth
chance, pleasure, and a recognition of the nurturing required to
translate this hope into enduring impression.
I’m humbled to be part of the VSAC neighborhood
and the broader community of individuals and organizations devoted to the
transformation of trauma into justice. I stay up for the various conversations
and significant actions of care we’ll share collectively.
In regards to the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre:
The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre is a feminist group dedicated to ending sexualized violence via therapeutic, schooling, and prevention. We’re devoted to supporting ladies and all Trans survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse, via advocacy, counselling, and empowerment.
For the reason that group’s inception in 1983, demand for companies has continued to extend. The centre depends on grants and fundraising to offer important companies to purchasers. A key problem for VSAC is securing ongoing provincial funding for its built-in sexual assault clinic — the primary of its type in British Columbia.
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