Bonnie Brayton is the National Executive Director of the DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada (www.dawncanada.net). DAWN Canada has been focused on advancing the rights of women with disabilities for twenty-five years in Canada and Internationally. Ms. Brayton is also the President of Coup de Balai – Clean Sweepers, a social economy organization in her community (www.coupdebalai.com ). In addition to serving on the Steering Committee for FAFIA, Bonnie also serves on the Board of La Maison Parent-Roback (a Quebec feminist collective) in Montreal (http://www.la-mpr.qc.ca/ ) Bonnie has two daughters and lives in Montreal with her partner. Originally from a small town in Northern Québec, Ms. Brayton’s professional career spans more than thirty years in the private and public sector.
Barbara Cameron teaches in Political Science and Women’s Studies at York University in Toronto. She has worked with FAFIA for a number of years on policy issues and has served one term as a member of the FAFIA Steering Committee. She initiated and is coordinating a joint project between FAFIA and the York Centre for Feminist Research on “Women’s Human Rights, Macroeconomics, and Policy Choices”. She has expertise on issues related to federal-provincial relations and has a special passion for and commitment to the fight for universal child care services.
Ann Decter is the Director of Advocacy and Public Policy for YWCA Canada. Ann Decter leads national action campaigns, issue advocacy, research and policy development for YWCA Canada. A passionate feminist and equity advocate, Ann wrote Broad Investments: Counting Women in to the Federal Budget and lead the Life Beyond Shelter Project, working with violence survivor advocates on a national lobby and advocacy videos. Her previous advocacy roles include anti-poverty work at Sistering, an award-winning women’s agency, and Campaign 2000, Canada’s national coalition to end child and family poverty. She is co-author of Work Isn’t Working for Ontario Families, which helped lay the foundation for Toronto’s Good Green Jobs Coalition, and author of Lost in the Shuffle: The Impact of Homelessness on Children’s Education. Ann has deep roots in feminist publishing, developing ground-breaking titles and representing Canada internationally.
Mira is a dynamic young activist born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. She is a single mother to two children, and has been entrenched in northern women’s issues in both her personal and professional life since an early age. She currently works as an advocate with the Centre for Northern Families. In this position she works on the front lines trying to better the lives of women experiencing a wide variety of difficulties regarding all aspects of their lives. Mira is a volunteer with Alternatives North, a social justice coalition. Mira has disseminated the knowledge and the experiences that she has gained through her activities with the intention of empowering women and moving them to a place of activism regarding their place in our society.
Joyce Hancock has worked and volunteered all of her adult life as an activist and advocate for women’s equality, equity and inclusion both in her province of NL as well as nationally. She was a founding member and worked for a dozen years as the coordinator and Executive Director with the Bay St George Women’s Council and Coordinator of the local Women’s Centre in Stephenville. Later she was nominated by equality seeking women’s organizations in her province and served the NL Advisory Council on the Status of Women as President and CEO for 10 years. In 1994 Joyce was chosen by Oxfam Canada to serve as an election observer and peace monitor in South Africa’s first post apartheid elections. In 2007 Joyce received the Governor Generals Person Medal for her lifetime of work to improve the Status of women.
Sandra F. Lockhart is of Cree/Dakota ancestry with citizenship in Lultsel K’e Treaty 8 First Nation Band, Northwest Territories. Sandra’s lineage is from First Nation leadership and traditional medical practicioners; not surprisingly she has a background in nusring and tradiitonal medicines.Sandra is currently employed as a Aboriginal Wellness Coordinator at Stanton Territorial Health Authority in YEllowknife, NWT.
Sandra is an active member for the Public Service Alliance of Canada Union; elected as Alternate Regional Executive President for the North Region, National Aboriginal Peoples Circle North Female Representative for Nunavut, NWT, and Yukon, Chair of the NWT Aboriginal Peoples Committee. Sandra is also the Regional Vice President for Tlicho/Sombake for Northwest Federation of Labor and Finance officer for Union of Northern Workers Local 11. Sandra is a strong advocte for global social justice.
Elizabeth first became active in feminist issues while attending the University of Winnipeg. This led to further involvement in political issues culminating in spending a year as Chair of the Board of the University of Winnipeg Student?s Association. She has served on the National Board of SCM-Canada and been involved internationally with the World Student Christian Federation. Her interest in feminist theology has kept her involved in women?s spirituality both inside and outside the institutional church, including becoming a sacred circle dancer. She also serves on The CGIT Board of Edmonton Society which runs an all girl summer camp near Edmonton.
Elizabeth is a currently working in the non-profit sector and pursuing a professional accounting designation.
Holly Johnson is Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Her primary research interests over the past two decades have centered on methodological and policy issues surrounding male violence against women. She was principal investigator of Statistics Canada’s first national survey on violence against women and a collaborator on the International Violence Against Women Survey. She is author of numerous publications on this topic including Violence Against Women in Canada: Research and Policy Perspectives (2011) with Professor Myrna Dawson. She has served as expert advisor to several UN undertakings, such as the Secretary-General’s report on violence against women, the World Health Organization panel on primary prevention of sexual violence and intimate partner violence, the UNECE Task Force on Violence Against Women Surveys, and the UN Expert Group on Indicators on Violence Against Women. She is also co-investigator of the Canadian Observatory on the Justice System’s Response to Intimate Partner Violence and is an active member of the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women in her local community.
Bre Woligroski has been involved in feminist grassroots organizing in numerous roles and with numerous organizations including UNPAC Manitoba, FemRev Collective, and Ecumenical Women. She was on the planning team for the 2nd PanCanadian Young Feminist Gathering in 2011. In 2009 she was a representative for the World Student Christian Federation at the 53rd UN Commission on the Status of Women. Bre was awarded the 2011 Peace Medal by the YWCA of Winnipeg.