Jennifer Breakspear has been named the new executive director of SARA for Women. (Photo by Michael Lloyd S)

Jennifer Breakspear has been named the new executive director of SARA for Women. (Photo by Michael Lloyd S)

SARA for Women names new executive director

Jennifer Breakspear accepts position after two months as interim ED

SARA for Women, which has offices in Abbotsford and Mission, has a new executive director.

The board of directors of the SARA (Support, Acceptance, Resources, Action) for Women Society recently announced that Jenifer Breakspear has accepted the position.

Breakspear had been serving as interim executive director for two months, and in that time she has come to be known as a strong compassionate leader.

She brings a wealth of non-profit-sector experience through leadership roles in a number of significant organizations.

Breakspear began her extensive career in the non-profit sector with QMUNITY – BC’s Queer Resource Centre – as executive director. She led the organization’s rebrand from The Centre to QMUNITY and hosted PRIDE House Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

From QMUNITY, Breakspear moved on to lead Options for Sexual Health and then to PHS Community Services Society in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Breakspear is guided by her personal mission to make a positive difference in community and her fierce commitment to human rights.

“I am thrilled to join the dedicated staff and board at SARA as they apply a heart-centered approach to supporting vulnerable women and children in the Fraser Valley,” she said.

SARA offers several services, including transition houses in Abbotsford and Mission, services for street-engaged women, outreach and counselling, and residential programs. Visit saraforwomen.ca for more information.

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