I have been a passionate advocate for social change for as long as I can remember. Throughout my advocacy projects, my work has primarily focused on women's rights and gender issues, but I have also been involved in work for: human rights, LGBTQ+ advocacy, anti-racism advocacy, and other causes.
I specialize in program/project management, program development, stakeholder engagement, and communications to help non-profits achieve their goals and share their message. Below are some examples of my current and past projects.
Canadian Women’s Foundation
The Canadian Women’s Foundation is Canada’s public foundation for women and girls. They fund programs across Canada, prioritizing the communities where the need is greatest. I have been contributing to the Canadian Women’s Foundation blog since 2017. You can read my pieces here.
Parting the Roots
Parting the Roots is both an art project and an exploration of the history of black hair. It is a platform to shed light on the misconceptions the general public shares towards black hair and the styles worn. I have worked as a volunteer project manager since 2018 and helped to coordinate the first exhibition and panel discussion event. You can follow the project here, and watch our 2019 exhibition panel discussion here.
Fred Victor Centre
Fred Victor is a social service organization that fosters long-lasting and positive change in the lives of homeless and low-income people living across Toronto. At Fred Victor I coordinate the Women’s Bakery Program which is a pre-employment program for women facing barriers to employment. I work to foster a safe and welcoming environment where women can gain the skills and confidence needed to enter or re-enter the workforce.
The YWCA Toronto aims to help women and girls flee violence, secure housing, find jobs, establish their voices, enhance skills and develop confidence. They offer a range of housing options, employment and training programs, community support programs, girls' programs and family programs; they also engage in systemic advocacy. I have been a member of the YWCA Toronto Advocacy Committee since 2017. Through this committee I provide feedback, support, and constructive criticism on new advocacy projects and ideas.
FAC - Feminist Art Conference
FAC is a yearly multidisciplinary feminist art conference that inspires sharing, networking, and collaboration. It is a grassroots, volunteered-run organization that functions from an intersectional feminist perspective. I have been volunteering with FAC since early 2016. I work primarily in a project management role, helping to organize the conference as well as other FAC events.
YFG - Young Feminist Gathering
(in Partnership with African Women's Development Fund)
YFG is a space of learning, engagement, solidarity and creativity for women in Accra. It works to create exciting projects that tap into the member’s collective passion for social change. I attended YFG since its inception in December 2016, participating in meetings and many different affiliated events. From May - October of 2017 I was part of the organizing committee - organizing meetings, helping to build a plan for the future of YFG, and working to create a training document for others (particularly those in the continent of Africa) who want to start their own YFG.
Crossroads International is an international development organization that works to reduce poverty and increase women’s rights around the world. With Crossroads I have worked as both an Organizational Development Advisor, and a Stakeholder Engagement Specialist. Between 2016 and 2017 I worked to ensure that the projects we partnered on had the capacity for long term sustainability. I did this by creating strategic development and program plans and by building a network between our partners for knowledge sharing and collaboration.
Women for Women International
Women for Women International serves women in 8 countries offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from poverty to economic self-sufficiency. In December of 2013 I wrote, coordinated, and edited, a video with 11 women from around the world for a fundraising competition (Project for Awesome). The video subsiquently won $25,000 for the organization. The video can be viewed here.