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Resource Development Director Jan Bate

Jan Bate joined the team at Cowichan Women Against Violence as the Resource Development Director in March 2020.

Jan has over 30 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector with a focus on community development, inter-cultural relations, trauma-informed employment training, women’s safety, anti-violence, and fundraising. Jan’s leadership practice is rooted solidly in principles of collaboration, transparency, analysis of power and privilege, and support for the creativity, generosity and leadership in all people.

While living in Tofino Jan worked at the Westcoast Women’s Resources Society in a variety of roles at the transition house, women’s centre, and children’s support services. Ultimately Jan became the agency’s first Executive Director, responsible for strategic planning, board development, program management, financial management, human resource management, and community representation. She is proud to have worked with the dynamic service providers on the west coast of Vancouver Island, and to have supported the emergence of community planning and service integration processes through the Coastal Family Resource Coalition.

In 2007 Jan moved to Victoria to accept the position of Executive Director at Bridges for Women Society. There she strategically developed programs and secured funding for many programs including the Online Bridging Program and the Mentoring Program, based on the needs of the clientele, the organization and community relationships. When the Employment Program of BC was initiated Jan successfully negotiated numerous contracts and sub-contracts with large-scale businesses across Victoria and the province.

From 2015 – 2018 Jan was the Co-Director of Development at RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs), where she raised significant funding and support for indigenous nations in BC and Alberta. Jan developed and stewarded the Circle of Allies monthly donors, while writing appeals for core operations, and coordinating annual donor appreciation events.

Jan’s education includes a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University (2006); a certificate from the Justice Institute in Feminist Management (2004); graduation from the Essentials of Fundraising Program at Camosun College (2008); and Certification as a Professional Coactive Coach from the Coaches Training Institute (2014).

With a passion for the performing arts, Jan coordinated the annual Victoria Flamenco Festival from 2013 – 2018, and produced many flamenco shows during this time as well. Jan continues to study, sing and dance in the flamenco artform, and to bring her love of dance into her daily life. The words of Emma Goldman remain true for Jan: “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.”

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