Our Team

  • Heather ScarffSenior Director

    “I believe there is always hope, that every story deserves to be heard and every life witnessed and valued.”

    Heather is a valued and tremendous asset to Watari with her ability to wear many hats.  She began her journey here in September 2006 first with her strong administrative and community based skills with the Shannon Spirit Project, then eventually added other roles as Intake Worker, Community Addictions Counsellor and the Community Teams Supervisor as well.  However, her passion lies in the work she does with the people we support.

    Heather draws on her life experiences of being a strong spiritual Indigenous woman which include her favourite roles as a mother, wife and Gigi.  Her lifetime of different experiences have helped connect her to a deeper understanding of some of the struggles the people we support face.

    On her down time, Heather enjoys quality time with her husband, daughter and other family members.  Her favourite interests are music, laughter and nature.

  • Eloina AlbertoDirector of Community Services and Outreach

    “I believe that nobody should be hungry or go to sleep without food.”

    Eloina Alberto is Director of Food Programs at Watari Counselling & Support Services. She is a Latin American migrant woman who came to Canada 4 years ago.  As a nurse in her home country, she is very passionate about supporting those who are in need.  She is concerned about food security in the DTES and is grateful to contribute with compassion and dignity to the people we support.

  • Jill RatcliffeDirector of 320 & V6A Garden Club Lead

    Jill is of mixed Metis and European ancestry, and grew up on the East Coast on Mi’kma’ki territory. She has been working as a radical organizer and in grassroots food security for two decades, with a dynamic range of experience at the staff, management, and board level.

    As the Director of 320 Alexander and project lead for the V6A Garden Club at the DTES Urban Farm, she brings invaluable leadership, care, and commitment to the work of creating community-led food sovereignty together from the ground up.

    In her free time, Jill is a musician, gardener, and beader.

  • Kevin CroftonYouth Teams Supervisor & STAR Program Worker

    Kevin Crofton has worked with Watari for 13 years and is Watari’s youth programs manager. Kevin worked as a youth and family worker for the Burnaby school system for 10 years, provided youth outreach support and coordinated Watari’s Integrated Community Outreach Program which provides one to one outreach support for at risk Indigenous youth. Kevin has also written and directed numerous youth theatre productions in Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast.