Eva Boese

Eva Boese

2017 Dedication Award - Lower Mainland

Sunshine Coast Community Services Society

Nominator Comments:

Since 1989, Eva has contributed her skills. leadership and passion to Yew Transition House, a shelter for women and children seeking safety from abuse run by Sunshine Coast Community Services. In this time, Eva has played a key role in developing this program from its beginnings as a burgeoning, feminist, grassroots service with minimal staffing to what it is today — a deeply valued and embedded community program wlth 24/7 staffing that has held true to its founding vlslon of women-centred service.

Through her role In supporting thousands of women and children, as well as her mentoring of many staff over the years, Eva has been a relentless champion of our society’s mission: “Fostering social equity on the Sunshine Coast by creating opportunities for people to achieve their full potential.”

Eva has also been a dedicated member of a local coordinating committee regarding violence against women (VAWIR) and is a founding member of our community’s lnteragency Case Assessment Team for review of high risk cases. Eva has formed effective and critical relationships with police, child welfare and other systems representatives in the interest of women subjected to violence. In her almost thirty years of service, Eva has been a strong and dedicated voice for women, raising awareness of gender based violence, challenging stigma and barriers faced by women in abusive relationships, and building compassion and knowledge throughout the community to fulfill our vision: “An engaged, healthy and thriving Coast.”

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