Staff

Janice Abbott

Janice Abbott
CEO of Atira Property Management Inc. and Atira Women's Resource Society

Janice conceived of and launched Atira Property Management Inc. in 2002 in an effort to earn money to help support Atira’s not-for-profit mission; to support women and children affected by violence.

Janice is a Governor in Council appointee to the Board of Directors of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, where she chairs the Housing & Capital Projects Committee and is a member of the Human Resources and Governance & Nominations Committees. Janice holds an ICD.D Designation through the Institute of Corporate Directors. She received her Canadian Housing Professional designation through the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Western Founders Program. Janice is active in Housing Partnership Canada, and she has co-authored six publications. Janice won an Influential Women in Business Award from Business in Vancouver for 2019. In 2018, she was named Diversity & Inclusion Champion by the Open Door Group, she was honoured with a Civic Merit Award by a unanimous Vancouver City Council, and was named to the Power 50 list by Vancouver Magazine in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. She was 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. In 2013, Janice was the recipient of the Denise LeBlond Memorial Award, BC Non-Profit Housing Association; was named one of BC's 20 Most Influential People in Residential Construction by BC Homes Magazine in 2010; is described by the Vancouver Sun as one of Canada’s leading social entrepreneurs; and received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® award for social enterprise in 2010.

She has been the CEO of Atira Women’s Resource Society since 1992 and led the organization as it grew from a single transition house to a large, multi-service agency with more than two dozen programs and more than 50 non-market housing programs across the Lower Mainland. All of Janice’s work is driven by her passion to eliminate violence against women and children.

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Adam Glover

Adam Glover
General Manager & Managing Broker

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604-439-8848 x. 1233

Adam joined Atira in May 2008 as a front-desk relief worker and within three months accepted a full-time position at one of the Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotels managed by Atira.

Since then, Adam has continued to take on more responsibility, including being a building manager, program manager, portfolio manager, a licensed rental manager, Director Operations for the SRO Portfolio and Senior Strata Manager.

Throughout his career with Atira, Adam has always gone the extra mile; at his own initiative, including setting up web forms, creating innovative and helpful technology solutions and when necessary, mucking in sewage for the people who work for and live in the SROs as well as the stratas we manage, often after hours and on the weekends. In an industry plagued with high staff turn-over, Adam’s length of service with Atira is a testament to both his commitment to Atira and its mission, vision and values, and to our clients.

Along with his tenure, Adam’s creativity, honesty, integrity and great sense of humour have proven him to be the perfect candidate to take on the position of Atira’s General Manager & Licensed Managing Broker since 2017.

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Ashley Kim

Ashley Kim
Director, Finance & Administration

Ashley holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of British Columbia, and is licensed as a CPA (Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada).

 After a few years of balancing her career between private businesses and not-for-profit sector, she joined Atira Women’s Resource Society (AWRS)  in 2015 as a Comptroller. She later co-managed the accounting team at AWRS as Director, Finance until 2019, when she accepted the role of Controller with Atira Property Management Inc.

Responsible for all aspects of financial management at APMI, Ashley oversees preparation of financial reports for clients, as well as corporate financial reports for APMI, and Atira Development Society. Ashley’s core strength is continuous process improvement and change management, with a focus to create values for clients, employees and all other stakeholders of APMI.

Ashley is currently serving as a Board of Director at Rose of Sharon Foundation, an operator of a senior care home in Greater Vancouver Area. She is also an active member of CPA community, providing mentorship to students and young professionals and entrepreneurs.

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Anthony Sweeney

Anthony Sweeney
Director, IT & Infrastructure

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604-439-8848 x. 1259

Anthony has a BSC in Computer Science and 20 years of experience in IT. He hopes to make a difference supporting Atira in their mission, and provide a compassionate and comprehensive approach to his role.

Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, Anthony has worked all over the world eventually settling in Canada in 2015. He  stays close to the  mountains to feed his passion for snowboarding and has fallen in love with Vancouver,  it's people,  and has never left.

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Property Management

Grant Barton

Grant Barton
Managing Director, Supportive Housing Programs & Tenant Relations

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604-439-8848

With an educational background in criminal justice and experience working in social and restorative justice, Grant joined Atira in 2013 taking on a Program Manager role at The London Hotel. An inspired and motivated program manager, Grant was dedicated to his building and to the tenants who live there. In the time he was at The London Hotel he led a drive to create a safe and welcoming home for primarily First Nations, Métis and Inuk tenants and advocated to transition The London to an Indigenous-focused program. Grant then took on a role as manager of the newly formed Gastown outreach program as well as a number of other temporary start-up roles. His most recent accomplishments include opening four new buildings and one temporary program, all during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant lives in the Downtown Eastside with his son and has a goal to one day open a building for Indigenous men to begin their healing journeys by dismantling colonialism, patriarchy and misogyny; and by changing preconceived notions that Western society has placed on women, two spirit, trans and non-binary individuals. Grant took on the newly-created Managing Director position in 2021.

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Chauncey Carr

Chauncey Carr
Director, Supportive Housing Programs & Tenant Relations

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604-439-8848 x.1241

Chauncey has over 10 years of experience working in supportive housing and residents and is proud to bring this experience, as well as his experience working with management and contractors, into his current role as a director of operations and tenant relations.

 

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Jas Chana

Jas Chana
Strata Property Manager

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604-439-8848 x.1236

Jas Chana is a dedicated and driven professional with several years of building and property management experience. Developing strong relationships is the foundation of everything he does, both professionally and personally. He prioritizes enhancing strata and owner satisfaction in all of his interactions. He continuously receives positive feedback from his Stratas and is regularly recognized for his outstanding performance and reliability. Prior to his role as a Property Manager with Atira Property Management, he managed large building portfolios as an onsite Building Manager. While in that role, Jas provided exceptional support and resources to all property residents. During this time, his passion for Property Management grew, leading him to complete the Strata Management program at Sauder School of Business Real Estate Division at the University of British Columbia.

During his downtime, Jas enjoys watching sports but can also be found in the gym keeping his fitness and health top of mind.

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Sasha Iverson

Sasha Iverson
Director, Supportive Housing & Tenant Relations

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604-439-8848 x.1209

Sasha studied for her Bachelors Of Psychology, and Criminology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. She has since then received a two-year Diploma focusing on Sociology, Diversity, Contemporary Social Problems, Challenge And Change In Society, Ethics, and Communications. In addition, Sasha has 5 + years of experience working with vulnerable and marginalized populations, including youth, First Nations, and other visible minorities.

Sasha joined Atira in June 2018 as a Tenant Support Worker and within a year accepted a full-time Management position at one of the Single Room Accommodation (SRA) hotels managed by Atira.

Since then, Sasha has always been driven and eager to take on more responsibility, and is now Director, Supportive Housing & Tenant Relations as of September 11th, 2019. Sasha specializes in program and staff development, supervising and supporting managers, and ensuring our tenants are thoughtfully and meaningfully supported, with a goal to ensure they have a purpose, influence, and a sense of belonging in their tenancies.

Sasha is a passionate member of her community; who is motivated by her beautiful healthy son, and late husband & is dedicated to ending all forms of oppression.

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Annarita Ndwiga

Annarita Ndwiga
Rental Property Manager

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604-439-8848 x.2226

Annarita is a hard-working Rental property manager providing excellent rental property management and tenant support.

Previously she has worked as the Facilities Manager overseeing the maintenance of the buildings and grounds of Atira Women’s Resource Society’s (AWRS) portfolio of buildings, working collaboratively with Executive Directors Operations, Program Managers and support staff to ensure the upkeep of Atira’s buildings, grounds, equipment, and supplies.

Before joining Atira Annarita worked as a residential tenant coordinator.

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Lisha Fu

Lisha Fu
Commercial Rental Property Manager

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604-439-8848 x.1211

After years in private real estate business, Lisha joined Atira in February 2018 to pursue a career into the non-profit sector. She is mainly responsible for the market rental pool portfolio, but she also co-manages the non-profit housing portfolio, serving seniors and families with low-income subsidized housing. Lisha hold a Masters in Public Administration and she is licensed for Rental Management services from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

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Chafik Imrani

Chafik Imrani
Senior Rental Property Manager

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604-439-8848 x.1216

Chafik joined Atira in 2009 as an Assistant Building Manager. Over the years, Chafik has worked in different roles such as Program Manager and Portfolio Manager. Chafik has been a licensed rental manager since 2013.
During his years with Atira, Chafik has helped owners in taking care of their properties and in maintaining good tenant relationships. His responsibilities include management of the properties, tenant relations, financial reporting, and property maintenance. He also manages non-profit subsidized housing for seniors and families with low income.
Chafik enjoys managing his clients' properties and assisting in providing independent living for low/moderate income tenants. Chafik speaks English, French, and Arabic and outside the office he enjoys spending time with family and friends.
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John Fowler

John Fowler
Strata Property Manager

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604-439-8848 x.1221

John is licensed to provide Strata management services through the Sauder School of Business Real Estate Division at the University of British Columbia. He also holds an Associates of Arts – Communications Studies degree from San Diego City College.

Prior to joining the team at Atira Property Management, John Fowler helped to create the customer service and sales team as the Call Centre Manager for Cymax Stores and led several stores as a Store Manager – Retail Operations with Starbucks Coffee Canada.

John started with Atira as a Property Manager assistant in 2017 and obtained his license in 2018. John has been able to build his responsabilities by fostering his skills in interpersonal communication, client relations and organization. The clients who currently work with John have provided glowing feedback about his management and John will continue to grow his career at Atira Property Management in the years to come.

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Jose Velazquez

Jose Velazquez
Director, Supportive Housing Programs & Tenant Relations

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604-439-8848 x.1210

Jose is from Queretaro, Mexico and came to Canada in August of 2001. He attended Simon Fraser University with interest in learning disabilities and equity gaps for those with diverse learning abilities. He also studied and focussed his attention on suicidality and crisis prevention. During his time at university he worked for the Center for Accessible Learning’s note-taking program where he would make sure that students had equality of access to lecture materials by closing the information gap caused by large classroom sizes and poor acoustical or visual conditions. He was also heavily involved with the Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center of BC, answering crisis calls and providing suicide prevention talks in local high schools. Jose started working for Atira in 2009 as a support worker at the Arco Hotel, became the Program manager in 2011 and has had several managerial roles within his 12 years at Atira. He has also been training staff in “non-violent crisis intervention” for last four years and after the COVID 19 pandemic hit Jose collaborated with the Director of Talent to create an online version of the training.  Jose became the Director of Supportive Housing and Tenant Relations in February of 2020 and has since focused on supporting Program Managers so they can provide the best possible care to the members of the community we serve. Jose believes in creating a housing environment that is accepting, respectful, caring and safe, and where tenants have influence over their living situations as he believes this is the foundation for health and wellness.

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James Zhou
Strata Property Manager

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604-439-8848

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Stephen Mulligan
Director, Maintenance

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604-439-8848

Stephen Mulligan grew up in Dublin, Ireland where he completed a post secondary degree in trades school, specializing in electrician programs. After working in Ireland, he moved to Vancouver in 2009 where he worked various construction jobs including on the extensive renovation of Atira Women’s Resource Society’s Imouto Housing for Young Women. After a brief time in Vancouver Stephen moved back to Dublin where he worked in the electrical field and travelled across Europe on weekends and holidays. He moved back to Canada in 2019 working first with an electrical company here in Vancouver before joining Atira Property Management’s maintenance team. Stephen is now the Director, Maintenance. In his spare time Stephen likes to hike, snowboard and avoid mayonnaise.

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Lety Lopez

Lety Lopez
Rental Property Manager

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604-439-8848 x.1244

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Bryce Stradeski

Bryce Stradeski
Junior Strata Manager

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604-439-8848

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Jesse Smith
Strata Management Assistant

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604-439-8848

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Administration

Giuliano Pagano
Office Manager

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604-439-8848 x.1219

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Ryan Whitmore

Ryan Whitmore
Employment Facilitator

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604-439-8848

Ryan is from Ontario originally with an education in Recreation. He started working with Atira Property Management as a Tenant Support Worker in 2008 at the Gastown Hotel. Enjoying a challenge, he accepted some temporary contracts as Program Manager at the Carl Rooms and the Hutchinson Block, gaining significant experience in the community and getting to know many community members, service providers, and complementary resources in the DTES.  Ryan left Atira for a year in 2016 to work in a temporary position at VCH as a Mental Health & Addictions Outreach Worker with Primary Outreach Services in the DTES. He returned to Atira in 2017 to work as the Tenant Service Coordinator at the Patrick Anthony Residence. From there, in February 2020, Ryan accepted a position as Employment Facilitator, supporting APMI’s many peer employees.

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Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy
Manager, Human Resources

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604-439-8848

Paul was born in Montreal into a very large family with a father and uncle who had briefs stops in the NHL.  A lifelong hockey player and fan Paul was first introduced to Atira through teammates at UBC. Shortly after completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History at York University in Toronto, Paul moved to British Columbia in 1995 where he continued his extensive experience in the finance field when Vancity moved him out to manage their nascent mutual funds operation.  Shortly after arriving he returned to school to pursue an Interdisciplinary Master’s Degree (MA) that explored pacific salmon fisheries and while researching was introduced to elders from the Stó:lō, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and Nlaka'pamux (Lytton) Nations who were noticeably underrepresented as stakeholders in building the historical narrative. Paul was fortunate to have received most valuable primary source histories and interactions with elders during this time.  At the same time Paul was the Director of Student Employment office for two years while undertaking his MA.

Paul progressed  towards the social services sector in 2013 and 2014  when he was the Fundraising Coordinator for the North Shore Salvation Army and set records both years for greatest amount raised.

Paul joined Atira in January 2015 on a Temporary Contract as Director of Human Resources for the SRA (portfolio) and later accepted the full time position. He was responsible for the SRA portfolio up until 2020 when he became Director of Human Resources for all of APMI and ADS. During his time he has augmented his human resources experience through numerous and various workshops specializing in labour relations and employment law mostly with Roper Greyell and McCarthy Tétrault. He has intimate and integral knowledge as the primary contact and representative with BCGEU and most recently in helping negotiate our second collective agreement.

He was also previously the management representative for our OHS committee and has participated in and organized numerous workshops through WCB and the Employer’s Advisers Office. In addition to representing Atira in Human Rights Tribunals, Worksafe Mediation and BCGEU Arbitrations.

Paul enjoys many sports and, music is another passion also an avid outdoors person concerned with environmental stewardship and sustainability having participated in Great Canadian Shoreline clean having recently lived in Lions Bay for thirteen years.

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Aaron Munro

Aaron Munro
Director, Talent Development

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604-439-8848

Aaron Munro MA, RCC has worked in the non-profit and healthcare field for almost 20-years, joining Atira in August, . He is a registered counsellor, Trans and Queer identified and identifies as someone with lived experience of trauma and adversity. He is currently developing online education for Atira for other workers with lived expertise and opening the first Trans, 2-Spirit, and gender diverse housing in Western Canada.

 

 

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Board

Janice Abbott

Janice Abbott
CEO of Atira Property Management Inc. and Atira Women's Resource Society

Janice conceived of and launched Atira Property Management Inc. in 2002 in an effort to earn money to help support Atira’s not-for-profit mission; to support women and children affected by violence.

Janice is a Governor in Council appointee to the Board of Directors of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, where she chairs the Housing & Capital Projects Committee and is a member of the Human Resources and Governance & Nominations Committees. Janice holds an ICD.D Designation through the Institute of Corporate Directors. She received her Canadian Housing Professional designation through the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Western Founders Program. Janice is active in Housing Partnership Canada, and she has co-authored six publications. Janice won an Influential Women in Business Award from Business in Vancouver for 2019. In 2018, she was named Diversity & Inclusion Champion by the Open Door Group, she was honoured with a Civic Merit Award by a unanimous Vancouver City Council, and was named to the Power 50 list by Vancouver Magazine in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. She was 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. In 2013, Janice was the recipient of the Denise LeBlond Memorial Award, BC Non-Profit Housing Association; was named one of BC's 20 Most Influential People in Residential Construction by BC Homes Magazine in 2010; is described by the Vancouver Sun as one of Canada’s leading social entrepreneurs; and received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® award for social enterprise in 2010.

She has been the CEO of Atira Women’s Resource Society since 1992 and led the organization as it grew from a single transition house to a large, multi-service agency with more than two dozen programs and more than 50 non-market housing programs across the Lower Mainland. All of Janice’s work is driven by her passion to eliminate violence against women and children.

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Elva Kim

Elva Kim

With 16 years of real estate development experience, Elva is currently Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Anthem.

Elva provides leadership and direction for Sales, Marketing, and Homeowner Care for the company’s extensive residential portfolio in British Columbia, Alberta and California. This includes more than 10,000 homes that are complete, in design or currently under construction, from master planned mixed-use residential and multi-family to townhome and single family communities and managing a dedicated team of 30-100 people at any given time.

 

As a leading member of Anthem’s Corporate Communications and Giving team, Elva is also responsible for brand management and outreach programs which are designed to reflect Anthem’s corporate persona and values.

 

Elva holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, and her real estate education is from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

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Miriam Sobrino

Miriam Sobrino

Miriam has been a director of Atira Women’s Resource Society for 16 of the past 18 years, and has been on the board of APMI since its inception in 2002.

Miriam lives on the shared traditional lands of the Katzie, Semiahmoo, Kwantlen and other Coast Salish peoples and has been an active supporter of Atira for almost 30 years and has served as a member of the board of directors for several terms. Her pronouns are she/her.

Active in BC’s union movement, she has been the Director of Communications and Member Organizing at the Health Sciences Association of BC for the past 20 years, and has a background in government communications and as an editor and reporter in community newspapers.

She serves on the BC and Canadian boards of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and participates in community sports, including as a rugby match official.

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Sarah Boatman

Sarah Boatman

Sarah Boatman is the Director of Business Development and Strategy for Microsoft Studios in Vancouver.

In this role, Sarah works across the organization to facilitate business and financial planning, business development opportunities, market research, strategic analysis and business reviews.

 

In June 2009, Sarah joined Microsoft through the acquisition of BigPark where she was the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining BigPark, she was the Director, Financial Planning and Analysis for Electronic Arts Blackbox and Montreal studios.

 

Currently, Sarah is a Board Director for UBC IMANT. She served on the AWRS board from 2004 through 2012 and on the BC Premier's Economic Council from 2008 to 2009. Sarah holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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