Our Team

  • Heather ScarffCommunity Teams Liaison Supervisor

    “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 Liaison 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.

  • Kevin CroftonYouth Teams Liaison Supervisor

    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.

  • Jill ScottFinancial Administrator

    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.

  • Ingrid Mendez de CruzExecutive Director

    Ingrid is Watari’s Executive Director.  Before taking up the role in 2018, she served as Watari’s Latin American drug & alcohol counsellor for 20 years.  A lifelong volunteer, she brought her commitment to inclusivity and social justice with her from Guatemala (Place of Many Trees) to Turtle Island in 1990.

    When she arrived in Vancouver, she saw the need for supportive networks between newcomers like herself and existing communities in her new home.  She started building relationships that — over two decades later — remain integral to the supportive programming at Watari.

    Ingrid lives in Vancouver with her family, which includes a cat, a ferret and an ancient beloved dog.

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