The CEO of one of the province’s largest non-profit organizations and the former chair of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, Janet Austin has reached the highest level of achievement in both the social and business sectors.
Janet has guided YWCA Metro Vancouver through a number of transitions that have put the organization at the heart of the lives of tens of thousands of British Columbians using its services and programs and supporting their physical and mental well-being at more than 40 locations.
Over the past decade, Janet has spearheaded community-focused initiatives at the YWCA, expanding its geographic and social reach in order to increase access to affordable housing for low- income single mothers and women leaving abusive relationships, supporting youth in foster care to transition to independence, and broadening services for marginalized women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
A champion of social change, Janet volunteers on several committees and boards including the Big Sisters honorary advisory board and the City of Vancouver Healthy City for All Leadership Table. She is a passionate mentor and role model for women across BC.
She received an honorary degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals.