Acting Executive Director
Devika has worked in the Social Service Sector since 1990, has an undergraduate degree in Child and Youth Care and is currently completing a Masters in Social Work through the University of British Columbia. Her first-hand participation in Neighbourhood House programming brought her into the field of community work. As manager of youth services at Watari, she supports staff to create meaningful connections with the diverse clients Watari serves. Devika encourages the youth team to bring their unique gifts and skills to their work, helping to contribute to the Watari culture of fulfilled and inspired staff members. In her spare time, this mother of two is a running enthusiast and finds immense joy engaging in anything that takes her outside with family or into the woods with a tent.
A native of Winnipeg and a graduate of the University of Victoria, Jill worked in the child protection field in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside for 25 years before switching gears and becoming a bookkeeper. With a never-ending supply of financials to keep her motivated and engaged, she enjoys making the financial side of Watari as stress-free and user-friendly as possible for staff. Outside of her role at Watari, Jill is an avid gardener, bookreader and soccer player.