Raven Salander

I believe I would make a strong community voice because I have worked as an advocate within various communities in Vancouver and the lower mainland since 1988. As an outreach worker employed by a non-profit I advocated for and supported trans women, women and men doing street level survival sex work, I have been employed as a counsellor/support worker with homeless youth and youth struggling with addiction and alcoholism. Presently I am employed as a support worker to youth moving from homelessness to stable housing and I am involved in a new initiative providing housing specifically for youth who identify along the LGBTQ2S spectrum. I am also presently involved in community volunteering for Boys R Us a resource for men and trans* women doing survival sex work and the CWHWC as a yoga instructor and recently I had the pleasure of hosting the BC Trans Advocacy Day.

I have a very current perspective of trans* health care in BC as I am in the process of medically transitioning now. I believe I am very aware of the diversity that exists along the trans* & gender non-conforming spectrum. I would bring excellent public speaking skills to the role as I have much experience running workshops, doing public performances of my writing and teaching yoga. I believe strongly that health care in BC should provide efficient, fair and just treatment for transgender and gender non-conforming people and I am passionate about being able to be involved in making a difference toward that end.