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Leading with Abundance: Transformative Justice as a Framework for Change

February 28 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am PST

$11.06
Join us on February 28th for, Leading with Abundance: Transformative Justice as a Framework for Change.

About this event

WomenatthecentrE‘s latest webinar, Leading with Abundance: Transformative Justice as a Framework for Change, will explore Transformative Justice values through presentations from WomenatthecentrE, presented by Alison Morrison, and WAVAW, presented by Felix Gilliland. This will be followed by a panel exploring how we conceptualize and embrace Transformative Justice values in our work, facilitated by Nneka MacGregor, and featuring Jeff Carolin, Dalya Israel, Marlihan Lopez, and Dr. Rachel Zellars!

Alison Morrison (she/her) is a Project Coordinator at WomenatthecentrE, primarily working on WomenatthecentrE’s Transformative Accountability & Justice Initiative. She joined WomenatthecentrE first as a placement student in January of 2020 while completing her MA in Criminology & Social Justice. Alison is inspired by the values of Transformative Justice, and is passionate about learning through collaboration.

Felix Gilliland is a white, trans settler living on the territories of the Lekwungen speaking peoples of the Esquimalt and Songhees nations. They work at WAVAW Rape Crisis Center as the Manager of Social Change, where their work has included developing practices for trans-specific feminist support services, piloting transformative justice for survivors, and restoring relationships between feminists and sex workers. Felix has a background in mental health and addictions services in Vancouver’s downtown east side which informs their work to increase access for all survivors.

Nneka MacGregor is the Executive Director of WomenatthecentrE, a unique non-profit created by and for women and trans survivors of gender-based violence globally. She is an Expert Advisory Panel Member of the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability and sits on several Advisory Boards and Committees, including the Family Law Committee of the Board of Legal Aid Ontario. She is a member of the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee. She was a recipient of the 2019 PINK Concussions Awards and is also the recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction 2020 award for Social Justice.

Marlihan Lopez is a Black feminist community organizer tackling issues surrounding anti-blackness, gender-based violence and its intersections. She coordinated the EDI (equity, diversity, inclusion) division for the Quebec Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, where she did advocacy work and raises awareness on how gender, race, class and ability intersect in the context of sexual violence. She has also organized with movements such as Black Lives Matter around issues such as racial profiling and police brutality. She is currently co-Vice-President for la Fédération des femmes du Québec and Program and Outreach Coordinator at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute. She is also cofounding member of Coalition to Defund the Police, based in Montreal.

Dalya Israel (she/her) is WAVAW’s Executive Director. Dalya began her journey at WAVAW in 2002 as a volunteer and later went on to join the Victim Services Program in 2005. For the past 16 years she has had the honor of supporting survivors as they navigated systems after sexual violence and harm while also amplifying survivors voices in circles of influence in order to make substantive changes that reflect the lived experience of survivors WAVAW serves. Dalya believes deeply that feminism, feeding our spirit and connection is the antidote to rape culture and that we must all continue to dream of the world we want for survivors in order to create it.

Jeff Carolin is a criminal defence lawyer, conflict transformation facilitator, and father of two small children based in Toronto. Jeff opened his law practice after receiving the gold medal at Osgoode Hall Law School for achieving the highest standing in his graduating class. Jeff’s practice was initially dedicated to defending clients who had been marginalized due to poverty, mental health differences, and racism, and has since broadened to include a focus on restorative and transformative justice. He is inspired by the possibility that trials and jails need not be the only result of harm and wrong-doing, and that transformation, healing, and hope can emerge from the darkest of moments. Representing Marlee Liss, the survivor of a serious sex assault, in one of the first restorative justice processes in Toronto for a crime of this magnitude has been a pivotal moment in his journey.

Dr. Rachel Zellars is a lawyer, Senior Research Fellow, and Assistant Professor at Saint Mary’s University in the Department of Social Justice & Community Studies. Dr. Zellars also holds a master’s degree in Africana Studies from Cornell University and a doctorate in education from McGill University. In 2020, Dr. Zellars co-founded the Black Lives Matter Solidarity Fund in Nova Scotia, a mutual aid fund responding to the realities of COVID-19, which has raised and distributed over $300,000 to date. Additionally, she co-founded the African Nova Scotian Freedom School in Halifax in 2020 to honour the rich legacies of African Nova Scotian freedom fighters, educators, and community leaders throughout the province. As an organizer for the last 20 years, Dr. Zellars’ community work is committed to supporting survivors of GBV through transformative justice approaches to healing and responding to harm.

Please connect with Alison Morrison, alison@womentthecentre.com, or Kelsy Dundas, kelsy@womenatthecentre.com, for any questions! We look forward to you joining us on February 28th, 2022!

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