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This is our team.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Vedanshi Vala
Chairperson

I believe in working together to create safer communities, in empowering individuals, and in standing with survivors. I believe in changing culture, and addressing stigma existing in society, preventing progress. It is my hope that our team's work will contribute to a safer community for all, especially for women.

Ravi Nichols
Treasurer

When I was first introduced to BOLT, I was amazed; I couldn't believe that Vancouver youth were making such a huge impact all by themselves. I was really interested, and as I learned more I decided to join the team. Now that I'm part of this group, I can't wait to help promote women's safety, as many people are unaware of this issue.

Brina Li
Secretary
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I believe it is not only important to be educated on the dangers that individuals around the globe are facing, but also to be aware of certain stigma that exists in our society. BOLT Safety’s project to take action to help with women’s safety and the safety of other individuals is an absolutely necessary contribution to our global community. I hope create a safer environment for all of us with this amazing team.

 

EXECUTIVE OFFICE

Vedanshi Vala
Executive Director
Brina Li
Marketing Director
Shreyanshi Vala
Operations Director

It is my opinion that everyone should feel safe wherever they are. Provided statistics show us that women and children are more likely to have to face some sort of abuse over others. After joining the BOLT team, I have had the pleasure of seeing how youth have the power to act in and change this world. I look forward to seeing our call come to action!

Ravi Nichols
Financial Director

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Ravi Nichols
Human Resource Manager
 
Brina Li
Backyards with Bolt Manager
Shreyanshi Vala
The Hub Manager
Emily Huang
Media and Marketing Manager
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I wish to be a ripple that lives out love for those around me to receive, that they might go on and touch lives around them as well. My hope is to affirm for those in joy and in pain that we are not islands, and that our burden is not to find ourselves deserving of anything but to give freely and therefore to freely receive.

Faaiz Walji
Safe Buddies Manager

I have forever demonstrated a vehement enthusiasm towards an elementary obligation in human life - helping others. I concern myself over a variety of world issues, including women’s safety. Being a male, not only will I enhance my knowledge on technological innovation, but also be able to widen my perspective and understand this specific issue from the viewpoint of those who are affected by such issues daily.

Olivia Lin
Safe Hubs Manager
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I believe that all individuals should have the right to feel and be safe. Being part of the BOLT Safety community directly addresses the problem of security by empowering others and connecting with survivors. It's truly a blessing to be part of a group whose work is dedicated towards contributing to a better and safer community.

Sarah Stuttaford
Social Media Manager
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Creating safe spaces for all individuals, where they can freely express themselves, is essential for communities to flourish and thrive. I am excited to work with BOLT Safety to accomplish this vision and help empower those in need.

PROFESSIONAL STAFF

 
Carina Bi
Safe Hubs Partnerships Lead

I firmly believe that all people should feel safe within their communities, and BOLT Safety's initiative of creating an effective and affordable solution for all people is something I stand by. I look forward to making a contribution to my community's safety through my time at BOLT Safety.

Erin Ng
Administrative Assistant
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I am extremely excited to be a part of BOLT Safety because I believe that feeling safe shouldn't be a luxury and that it should be a lot more accessible, especially for young women. I hope the resources our team has put out will create a lasting change and impact survivors of abuse, sexual assault, and much more. 

Japneet Singh
Video Editor

Che once said 'We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it'. By adding to the BOLT Safety team I hope to live by the words I respect the most and address issues that my close relations have been affected by. 

Jazzy Wan
Photographer
Graphic Designer

Initially, I joined BOLT Safety because I wanted to do more with my photography, in something that promoted a good cause. After getting to know about BOLT Safety as a platform for safety and its core values, as a youth and someone's child and daughter, I found that BOLT Safety's objectives for safety really pertained to me, since my parents are always worried about my wellbeing, safety and where I am. By being part of this platform, I hope to contribute to make this world a safer place so that families, friends and parents can be soothed knowing that they can always be connected to their loved-ones.

Janset An
Researcher
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For women to feel safer within all societies, awareness must be spread about sexual and domestic violence prevention. Through teamwork and extensive research, I want to play an active role in spreading this awareness. By utilising technology, the BOLT Safety Society has the potential to reach and support individuals throughout the world. I believe that we will succeed in breaking down stigmas and create a safer and compassionate society. 

Katrina von Salzen
Writer

Everyone has a right to feel safe within their community. I believe creating spaces in which women feel heard and protected is an important part of working towards that goal. By working together to end stigma and support survivors, it is possible to create a world in which everyone is treated with the dignity and kindness they deserve.

Rachel Stein
Writer
Social Media Assistant

As someone who is relatively new to Vancouver, I know how hard it can be to feel safe in the city; even walking alone can be a daunting task. That’s why I’m so happy to be working with this amazing group of people to not only help create safety in the community, but to make it more accessible to everyone as well.

Serena Lu
Graphic Designer
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Safety should be just as easily accessible to everyone as the phones we carry around with us. It is because of this reason that I am glad to be a member of the BOLT team. I am excited to make a difference in the world and contribute to making it a safer place for everyone.

AMBASSADORS

 
Ananya Pampana

We can’t change everyone but it is our duty to try and fight for those who may not be able to voice themselves until they are ready. BOLT Safety’s mission to make this world a safer place aligns with my vision as someone who wants to change our communities from the grassroots. I will give my best to make sure silenced voices are heard, and help aid BOLT and the rest of our team in removing the stigma around sexual harassment and violence.

Carina Koo
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I want to help create more awareness surrounding the issues in our society and help support each other create a safer community that we can all enjoy being in. I believe that the work being done with BOLT Safety will help create a rippling effect and inspire other individuals to join in and contribute in making our society better.

Mudrika Jhala

I believe in making world a better and a safer place to live in for everyone regardless of their gender, caste, race, etc. I believe in revolution, raising your voice and speaking up for things that are wrong. I hope to gain trust of thousands of people with the help of our team, to ensure safety for everyone. Let's work together and hope to see a world filled with love, empathy and kindness.

Sophia Bucior

I’m excited to be on the BOLT team because I believe that women's safety is an issue that isn’t talked about as much as it needs to be. I hope to contribute to women’s safety through our work.

 

CO-FOUNDERS

Brina Li • Faaiz Walji • Ravi Nichols • Shreyanshi Vala • Sophia Bucior • Vedanshi Vala