St. John’s Status of Women Council welcomes Lisa Faye as our new Executive Director!

St. John’s Status of Women Council/ Women’s Centre is pleased to welcome Lisa Faye as our new Executive Director!

Lisa Faye brings more than 20 years of experience working in women’s rights and gender equality around the world. After completing her Master of Women’s Studies degree at Memorial University, Lisa went on to work in community development, youth empowerment, and supporting citizens to speak up for their rights in Africa, Asia, Europe, and right here at home in Canada. Lisa values living and working in community through true collaboration, incorporating diverse voices into decision-making, and an approach grounded in compassion, a recognition of power and privilege and firmly rooted in the values of intersectional feminism.

We asked Lisa why she was excited about the role, here’s what she had to say:

“Working with the St. John’s Status of Women Council has been a goal of mine since I attended community events back when the organization was on Military Road, while attending Memorial. I was drawn to the fact that the SJSWC  speaks up for a more just and equitable society in St. John’s, across the province, and beyond – even when the issues are most challenging. Through its programs, the organization lives its values of meeting folks right where they are, challenging deeply held beliefs about gender, and working with community members to improve the lives of the most marginalized. This is the work I believe in; this is what brought me back to St. John’s. I look forward to leading this essential work by building relationships with community partners and members, continuing advocacy for women and gender diverse folks, and expanding our safe and inclusive spaces in our city.”

Lisa brings all of this energy and passion to the SJSWC/WC and we are excited to see the organization continue to flourish in the existing programs and grow to serve more communities.

As the SJSWC celebrates its 50th year in 2022, we are proud of an organization that provides much needed programs and services, including stable supportive housing, no waitlist counselling and domestic violence support, sex worker support and advocacy, and now, the province’s first and only managed alcohol program. All of this work is supported by research and best practices and together with the voices of lived-experience forms the foundation of our advocacy.

We thank you for your ongoing support and look forward to celebrating with you this Fall!