Valerie Barter, Executive Director
Valerie (Val) Barter was born and raised in Petty Harbour, NL. Over the past twenty years, Val has worked in the non-profit sector of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Val is a strong feminist, intimate partner violence survivor, and long-time advocate and supporter for abused women and children & IPV survivors of all genders. Val is dedicated to anti-violence organizations and is currently the Executive Director of Violence Prevention Avalon East, supporting all individuals in our province who have experienced violence and/or are looking for support and guidance in violence prevention.
Val has worked in women’s shelters in St. Johns and Labrador, including a 3.5 year term as Executive Director of the Nain Transition House In Nain, Labrador, previous Executive Director of Planned Parenthood NL and 6 years with the St. John’s Status of Women Council as a staff member, where she served in a variety of supportive, trauma informed, education and advocacy roles, including a year as the Women’s Centre coordinator.
Val says, “Ever since I can remember I’ve been very passionate about the rights of all women, when it came to choosing what I wanted to do for the rest of my life I wanted to dedicate my life to assisting other people in recreating theirs full potential in a violence free society”.