Trainer biographies – Biographie des formatrices

Ruth Cameron is the Executive Director of the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA), and a doctoral student at Wilfrid Laurier University in Community Psychology, where she is studying intersectoral population health initiatives. She is a certified Clinical Research Associate, and formerly worked as a Community-Based Research Facilitator at the Ontario AIDS Network. Ruth’s community development experience has encompassed work with East Mississauga Community Health Centre, The Well, Rainbow Health Ontario, the Strengthening Hamilton Community’s Initiative (SHCI), the rape-crisis movement in Hamilton and Peel Region, newcomer settlement and affordable housing. Ruth Cameron is a graduate of McMaster University with a Master’s degree in Sociology focused on Race, Class and Gender Studies. In 2014, she founded the Audre Lorde scholarship for Black LGBTQ youth in Hamilton. She describes her career and praxis as “doing intersectionality”.

Rachel Gorman is Associate Professor in Critical Disability Studies at York University. She employs fine arts, cultural studies, and critical political economy in her research, which focuses on transnational politics and aesthetics of disability and race. Her research projects include: ending violence against people with psychiatric disabilities; disability and workplace ex/inclusion; and social movements, ideology and aesthetics.

Lee Maracle is the author of a number of critically acclaimed literary works including: Sojourner’s and Sundogs, critically acclaimed novel, Ravensong , Bobbi Lee, Daughters Are Forever, which was named one of the top 10 works of fiction for 2003 by the Globe and mail, Will’s Garden, Bent Box, and Celia’s Song, long listed for Canada Reads and short list for the re-lit award, I Am Woman, First Wives Club, Talking to the Diaspora, Memory Serves and other Oratories, and is the co-editor of the award winning, My Home As I Remember , Telling It: Women and Language across Culture. Maracle is currently an instructor at the University of Toronto in the Indigenous Studies program and is the Traditional Teacher for First Nation’s.  Maracle has served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and the University of Western Washington. In 2000, Maracle received the J.T. Stewart award. In 2009, Maracle received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from St.  Thomas University.  In 2014 Maracle received the Ontario Premier’s Award for excellence in the Arts.  Maracle also received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for promoting writing among Aboriginal youth. She currently teaches at the University of Toronto.

Beverly Bain teaches in Women and Gender Studies in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga.  She has been teaching in the university environment for the past 12 years.   She currently teaches and researches in the area of diasporic sexualities, black queer diasporic studies, sexual assault and violence against women, gender, colonialism, transnationalism and anti-capitalism. Bain has been an anti-racist anti-violence feminist activist for over 30 years.  She was the Executive Director of the National Action Committee on The Status of Women, Canada’s largest feminist organization between 1992-1997.Her publications include: “Uncovering Conceptual Practices: Bringing into Lived Consciousness Feminists Activities on the Toronto Police Services Sexual Assault Audit”, Canadian Women Studies (2010), “A New Chapter in Feminist Organizing: The Sexual Assault Audit Committee”  Canadian Woman Studies with Jane Doe and Amanda Dale (2010), “Fire Passion and Politics: The Creation of Blockorama as Black Queer  Diasporic Space in the Toronto Pride Festivities”. Forthcoming in edited anthology Activating Resistance: Remembering and Rethinking  Sex/Gender Struggles by Patrizia Gentile, Gary Kinsman and Pauline Rankin.

Denise Bishop-Earle has lived, worked and volunteered in the Lawrence Heights community for over 30 years. Since May of 2012, she has facilitated both workshops and healing circles in the Lawrence Height, Neptune and Lotherton communities as part of a response and recovery project. Currently, as sole proprietor of the Blue Blanket Healing Connection, Denise is facilitating community sharing circles with a focus on trauma and intergenerational trauma resulting from community violence. In three years, Denise hopes to have a train the trainer program in operation that supports the health and wellbeing of vulnerable communities. Denise is presently a co-chair of LHION (Lawrence Heights Inter-Organizational Network) a coalition of organizations, service providers and residents that work together to deliver programs and services for the Lawrence Heights, Neptune and Lotherton Pathway communities. She first became a member in 2007, co-chairing the LHION Safety Sub-committee until February of 2015.

Kike Ojo is currently the Project Manager for the Service to African-Canadian Families initiative, One Vision One Voice:  Changing the Child Welfare System for African Canadians.  Prior to her secondment to the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, Kike spent 9 years at Peel Children’s Aid Society as the Senior Manager of Diversity and Anti-Oppression.  In her time at Peel CAS Kike provided leadership to the agency on the strategy and implementation of the anti-oppression journey, successfully shifting the agency culture towards anti-oppressive practice.  In 2010 under Kike’s leadership, the Board of Peel CAS was awarded the Maytree Foundation’s Diversity in Governance Award, and in 2011 staff surveyed said that the anti-oppression journey was the number one reason for their employment satisfaction.  Prior to her child welfare career, Kike worked within multiple social service sectors, and within the community, in both the US and Canada.  Additionally Kike is a Consultant in the area of Equity, supporting the public and not-for-profit sectors.  Kike’s community work earned her the Lincoln Alexander Award for extraordinary leadership in the elimination of racial discrimination in Ontario.   Kike’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in International Justice and Human Rights from McMaster University, a Master of Arts in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Education, University of Toronto.  Kike is also a certified alternative dispute resolution mediator. Recently, Kike was named one of the 50 plus 1 Black Canadians who are on the rise in 2015, by, and Kike was named one of the 100 Black Women to Watch in 2016, by the Canadian International Black Woman Event 2016.

Roy Gillis, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has had a long time research and clinical interest in violence prevention research with both men and women and with both heterosexual and lgbtq populations. His research has focused on developing models of the psychological impact of hate crime victimization and same-sex partner abuse. He has also written extensively about the impact of homophobia on society. In addition, he is active in health promotion research, especially HIV prevention research, HIV health literacy, and the prevention of classroom bullying. Professor Gillis has published over 25 articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as many chapters in texts, and is the recipient of a number of federal research grants. He is a past recipient of the Teaching and Education Award from Division 44, the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues of the American Psychological Association. Active in international gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues, he serves as the representative of the Canadian Psychological Association for the International Network on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Concerns, and Transgender Issues in Psychology. He is also the founding editor of the open-access journal, the Canadian Online Journal of Queer Studies in Education.

Joëlle Favreau is a white queer francophone, living with invisible disabilities.  Working as the community development coordinator at YWCA Peterborough Haliburton, Joëlle is constantly reflecting on how to integrate anti-oppressive practices into food security and anti-poverty programming.  In the past four years, this learning has deeply influenced the co-development and co-facilitation of the Nourish Project, a collaborative initiative, seeking to build healthy, inclusive and equitable communities through food.

Tania Anderson is a social services professional with over 20 years of experience working in the non-profit sector and over 10 years working in women’s services.  Trained as a social worker, Tania has both a BSW and MSW from Ryerson University, a program which is strongly focused on anti-oppression practice.  Tania has held a number of front-line service roles including, counsellor, shelter worker, drop-in worker, housing worker and brings substantial practice based knowledge, as well as theoretical knowledge.  Tania is particularly interested in the ways that anti-oppression, anti-racist and harm reduction principles can be brought into every day helping work.

Alana Butler earned a Ph.D. in Education from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York with a specialization in Learning, Teaching, and Social Policy in 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts (in Adult Education and Counseling Psychology) from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She is currently a sessional lecturer at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She has also taught as a Contract Lecturer at Ryerson University’s School of Early Childhood Studies and the Chang School of Continuing Education since 2007. In 2011, she was awarded a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada to complete her dissertation study of diversity and inclusion policies in Canada and the U.S. She has taught in a range of settings that include preschool, ESL, adult literacy, and university undergraduate. Her research interests include multicultural education, immigration studies, race and schooling, and diversity and inclusion policies. She is currently a research collaborator on a 2015-2016 SSHRC funded study entitled ‘Can We Talk About Race?’ Confronting Colour-blindness in Early Childhood Education at Ryerson University.

Maureen Owino is the Director of Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT), She has been with CAAT since 2007 1st as the program coordinator and for the last 2 years as the program director. Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment is an organization committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of people living with HIV who are facing access barriers related to their status using the tools of education, training, research, service coordination, and advocacy. Under her leadership CAAT has had the honor of being nominated and receiving 3 awards namely: The City of Toronto Access to Equity and Human rights award in 2009, The 2012 Casey award for leadership and capacity building in promoting the health and well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS facing barriers to treatment and services, The 2014 OAN Honour Roll /Award for contribution to advancing the cause of Social Justice in HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Seong-gee Um is a researcher at Wellesley Institute. Before joining Wellesley Institute, Seong-gee completed a postdoctoral fellowship affiliated with the Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Governance at Université de Montréal. She received her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Toronto. Her research interests lie in the areas of inequality, immigration, and health and social care. Her current work explores social determinants of health and health inequities across diverse population groups. She’s leading a project on improving equitable access to care and support for seniors and their family caregivers from diverse ethno-cultural communities in the GTA. She is an author and co-author of numerous publications including States and Markets: Sociology of Public Policy in Canada.

datejie cheko green, MES is a strategic organizer, educator, researcher, media producer and advocate. She has more than 25 years expertise in critical and anti-oppression praxis across mutilple sectors including communications, labour, mental health, youth, arts and international solidarity. As a Black woman, a lesbian and a gender non-confirming feminist, datejie has always prioritized an embodied, intersectional and strengths-based approach to her work and life projects. She has collaborated with LGBTQTS non-profits and individuals to create safety, supportive and liberating spaces for queer and trans youth, students, newcomers, parents and parents-to-be, athletes, journalists, freelance workers, and people with mental illness. While National Director of Human Rights and Equity at the Canadian Media Guild, datejie organized the first annual union campaign to reach LGBTQ workers at CBC and other broadcasters, and host a pride celebration for them and their loved ones. In 2012 datejie was lead author on the Guidebook for LGBTQ People on Assisted Reproduction and has co-authored a dozen more journal articles, fact sheets, forum theatre interpretations and posters from her contributions to the Re:Searching for LGBTQ Health project at CAMH. datejie is a regular facilitator with SOY’s Black Queer Youth and Access Alliance LGBTQ Among Friends program in Toronto. She is currently helping to inform the next generation of LGBTQTS and solutions-based reporters as a Professor of Journalism at the University of Toronto, Scarborough and Western University. Following her appointment as Asper Fellow in Media 2015-16 at the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University, datejie is developing as a platform to showcase her intersectional, decolonial knowledge production and collaborative praxis.

King is a long standing gender bender, Queer community member whose pronoun is ‘They’. King has been involved in community, grassroots and professional social justice work for 30+ years. King gives workshops, does community programming, runs support groups, for marginalized youth & adults in the community as well as consulting for anti-oppression, diversity training and education.

Angela Robertson is the Executive Director of Queen West – Central Toronto Community Health Centre.  Past Director of Equity & Community Development at Women’s College Hospital and Executive Director of Sistering – A Woman’s Place. Activist in the black, women’s and LGBTQ communities, Angela is a past Board member of Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention and Houselink Community Homes and current member of the Stephen Lewis Foundation Board.

Entisar Yusuf is a member of Steering Committee of City for All Women Initiative (CAWI). She is a CAWI’s Health Equity trainer for community organizations. She is currently on the Advisory Committee for CAWI and Federation of Canadian Municipalities to work with five Canadian cities to increase the number of women from diverse communities who are actively informed by, and engaged in, local government decision-making. She volunteered as CAWI’s Facilitators’ Network coordinator. Entisar has 20 years of experience working in health and social sectors in public, non-profit organizations and UN agencies. She worked as clinical service provider, instructor in academic institutions, Coordination and Management of several health and social programs including Mitigation of Female Genital Mutilation, Child Welfare, Quality Improvement of Health care providers Education and Curriculum Development. Moreover she worked on Income Generating Activities for widowed women and Community Engagement Programs. She worked as a community developer with the SCREEN program at Ottawa Centretown Community Health Centre in 2011.Currently she is working as a Coordinator for Champlain Chronic disease risk assessment program serving high risk and immigrant population to create awareness on importance of screening and organize risk assessment screening session. Working in collaboration with identified high risk and immigrant communities, community leaders, community health and resource centres, chronic disease partners including Champlain diabetes education programs and community-based organizations, she also works with Health care provider in the area of cultural competencies.

Roberta K. Timothy is the Project Coordinator for the Collaborative Leadership In Practice as part of the Ontario Public Health Association. For over 20 years Roberta has worked utilizing intersectional, anti-oppression, anti-colonial approaches as a therapist, trainer, group facilitator, researcher, community organizer, professor, and clinical supervisor in community and educational settings, and in private practice. Roberta’s areas of interest include the practice, research, and knowledge translation of Anti-Oppression Psychotherapy, critical expressive arts therapy, trauma and intersectional and transgenerational violence; work culture and organizational change, Resistance Education, and Creative Resistance. Roberta holds a B.A. in Political Sciences, Sociology and International Justice and Human Rights; two Masters in Political Sciences and Counselling Psychology, and a Doctorate in Adult Education, Community Development, Women and Gender Studies. She recently completed a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship in the Applied Psychology and Human Development department at the University of Toronto focusing on criminalization, HIV, and mental health in racialized communities and is the co-director of Continuing Healing Consultants.

Adam Benn is a black and queer activist, born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He has had the privilege of working with youth in many communities across Toronto, including Malvern, Perth-Randolph, Davenport-Perth, Jane and Finch, Blake-Jones and Regent Park. Currently, works as the Manager of LGBTQ Community Programs at the Sherbourne Health Centre.  As a self-proclaimed “conflict worker”, Adam completed his Honours Bachelors of Art at McMaster University in Anthropology and Peace Studies and his Masters of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. His interests include reading, writing, movies, music, meditation and fitness. Adam is also Certified Personal Trainer.

Dr. Suzanne Stewart is a member of the Yellowknife Dene First Nation and Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Homelessness and Life Transitions, University of Toronto. She is a registered psychologist and Associate Professor of Indigenous Healing in Clinical and Counseling Psychology at OISE/University of Toronto, where she is Special Advisor to the Dean on Aboriginal Education and Interim Director of the Indigenous Education Initiative. Research and teaching interests include Indigenous mental health and healing in psychology (homelessness, youth mental health, identity, and work-life development), Indigenous pedagogies in higher education and psychotherapy practice/training. She is Chair of the Aboriginal Section of the Canadian Psychology Association and is committed to advancing Indigenous healing issues through the discipline of psychology.

Nicole Tanguay is of Cree and French decent – she is also two-spirited. She has been working in social services since the mid-80s and is also a published poet, musician, and playwright. She has been an advocate for queer rights since the early 80s as well as an advocate for the rights of Aboriginal people. As a playwright, Nicole has had her play “Hand to Hand” workshopped at Weesageechak Begins to Dance XIII. She hopes eventually it will be produced as a full-fledged play. While trying to complete her first book manuscript of poetry, she has had her works published in a number of Canadian and U.S. anthologies, including “Yellow Medicine Review”, edited by guest editor Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran,“Whose Streets­ – The Toronto G20 and the Challenges of Summit Protesters”, edited by Tom Malleson and David Wachsmuth, “Sweet Grass Grows All Around Her”Anthology, edited by Beth Brant, Sandra Laronde, “Mukwa Geezis”, and a resource Guide to Aboriginal Literature in Canada Published by Wabanoong Multimedia Publications, ANDPVA to name a few. Nicole was also part of the Library Series readings at University of Toronto Press and has read her work with Simon Ortez, Maria Campbell, and Lee Maracle.

Mercedes Umana has over 20 years of experience facilitating personal, community, and organizational development and healing processes locally and transnationally as an educator, therapist, researcher, and consultant. Mercedes areas of interest include Anti-Oppression Psychotherapy™, community mental health, health psychology, trauma, post-traumatic growth, bereavement, HIV, and intersectional research methodologies and knowledge translation. Mercedes holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Psychology, and is currently a Doctoral student in the Counselling Psychology program at the University of Toronto. Mercedes is Co-Director of Continuing Healing Consultants.  She is of Indigenous and African ancestry.

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