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Jane Sterk trades top Green stripe for plum CWAV post

Former B.C. Green party leader Jane Sterk’s newest hue is executive director of Cowichan Women Against Violence Society.

Sterk’s background — the past decade was in politics — seems tailored toward providing leadership and support for women and kids victimized by abuse.

She holds a PhD in counselling psychology, and has a wide experience in education, health care, business and organizational tactics.

Sterk’s local role will promote a healthy culture reflecting feminist principles of shared leadership, equality, collaborative decisions addressing conditions leading to violence, CWAV’s release says.

“CWAV has 30 years of history supporting women’s resistance and resiliency in taking action to protect themselves,” Sterk says.

She’ll also make CWAV more visible in the community, and attract volunteers.

Eighteen-year-old CWAV offers refuge in its transition house to 150 women and children annually.

It also handles 500 annual crisis calls, and helps some 2,000 women facing family and sexualized violence, CWAV says of its counselling also offered to youths.

Helping women find work, and running the vital Safer Futures program are CWAV's other claims to fame

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