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Meet our team.


Michelle Dodds

Executive Director

Michelle is honoured to have worked as the Director of the North Shore Women's Centre since 1999, following an MA in Women's Studies from Simon Fraser University and community work in women's social justice and advocacy organizations. She is passionate about gender equity, and creating accessible community spaces and learning opportunities that facilitate social change. Michelle has enjoyed living on the North Shore since 2006. She can be reached at

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Maryam Saroei

Resource Centre Coordinator

Maryam is the Resource Centre Coordinator for the North Shore Women's Centre. She first got involved with the NSWC in September, 2009, and has lived on the North Shore since 2007. Maryam loves movies and spending time with her friends, and is passionate about women's rights and social justice. She is also a proud cat mom! Contact Maryam for inquiries about the NSWC's operations, programs, and our drop-in resource centre at


Golnaz Yazdi

Safety and Justice Programs Coordinator

Golnaz is the Safety and Justice Programs Coordinator at the NSWC. As a sociology graduate from Simon Fraser University and lifelong feminist, she is passionate about the safety and rights of women and children.

Golnaz is the overseeing staff member for the North Shore Coordinating Committee to end Violence Against Women in Relationships (NS VAWIR), and the NSWC point of contact for the Farsi language Parenting Support Group. Please reach out to her by email at or

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Sydney Dawson

Fund Development and Communications Coordinator

My name is Sydney (she/they), and I am a lifelong North Shore resident. I completed my Honours B.A. at Western University, and am currently pursuing an M.A. in Linguistic Anthropology at UBC. My work background includes areas such as harm reduction, transitional/supportive housing, LGBTQ+ youth outreach, and education. I am passionate about exploring how technology and social media can be used to advance feminism and equality accessibly.
I have worked as the Fund Development and Communications Coordinator at the North Shore Women's Centre since 2022. Please reach out to me by email ( for inquiries about NSWC communications (emails, social media content, website, graphics and promotional materials), fund development (fundraising, donations, tax receipting, etc.), the Sexual Assault Prevention in Bars and Restaurants (Angel Shot Code) Initiative, or to say hello!


Maria Teran

Young Women's Empowerment Programs Coordinator

My name is Maria and I have been working as the Youth Empowerment Program Coordinator at the Centre, since 2022. I was born and raised in Ecuador and moved to Vancouver for university. I studied Political Science with a minor in Economics at UBC. I am currently pursuing a diploma in Strategic Political Communication. My work focuses on gender equality, gender-based violence prevention, and youth empowerment. In my free time, I love to read, dance, listen to music and have long conversations with friends and family. I love traveling and trying new food. 

Feel free to contact me at, I will be happy to answer any questions or read your thoughts about our youth empowerment programs. 

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Sheila Prawirasoetisna 

Resource Centre Assistant

My name is Sheila and I'm the Resource Centre Assistant. I am originally from Jakarta, Indonesia and moved to Vancouver to study Psychology at UBC. I first got involved with NSWC in 2023 to help plan our 50th Anniversary International Women's Day Celebration and Benefit. I couldn't help but fall in love with the centre, so it only made sense for me to work at the centre after I finished my studies. Whenever you drop by the centre please don't hesitate to come say hello and introduce yourself! You can reach me by email for resource centre related inquiries at

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Gabriela Ruzickova 

Volunteer Programs Coordinator

Hello, my name is Gabriela, and I'm the volunteer coordinator at the NSWC who is responsible for taking care of dedicated volunteers here at the center. I got first involved with Women's Centre beginning of 2023 as a volunteer in the "Fresh Food Program". Since I started to volunteer, I really felt a strong connection to the centre and I am delighted to be part of this wonderful team of women. My great passion is about women's rights and personal freedoms, and the domestic & cultural basis of women's oppression. For thirty years I was devoted to working with exceptional individuals as a life skills worker and home support worker.
I am an enthusiastic, lively professional working in both team-based and independent capacities and enjoy creative problem solving on multiple projects. I am also a thinker and my growing interest is in people's lives and concerns. My origin is Slovakian, and I have lived here in beautiful Vancouver since 1992. You can reach me by email for volunteer inquiries at


Oreofeoluwa Adeyonu

Researcher and Project Coordinator Gender Based Violence Prevention in High Schools

Oreofeoluwa completed her BSc (Hons) in International Relations and Diplomacy from Afe Babalola University. Following this she pursued a Masters in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies from Simon Fraser University where her area of focus was women's rights in Nigeria and the influence of culture and religion on our understanding of sexuality. In her career her main focus is gender based violence prevention for girls and women, creating spaces of inclusion for refugee and migrant women, and mental health in minorities. 

Oreofeoluwa has worked as the Project Coordinator & Lead Researcher - Gender Based Violence Prevention in High Schools at the North Shore Women's Centre since June 2022. Please reach out to Oreofeoluwa at for any inquiries about the evidence based prevention programs we are offering.


Yasmin Vejs Simsek

Community Research and Engagement Project Coordinator - Gender Based Violence Prevention in High Schools

Yasmin (she/her) works with the North Shore Women’s Centre as the Community Research and Engagement Project Coordinator under the WAGE funded grant to bring sexual violence prevention programs to high schools on the North Shore and beyond.


Yasmin has recently completed her MA in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. Outside of working to reduce gender-based violence, she acts and writes children’s books, as well as trying to better her community through book club initiatives and planning Vancouver’s annual International Women’s Day March.

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