I thrive in multidisciplinary positions, where research, coordination, education and/or frontline work come together. My area of expertise is Gender-Based Violence, using an intersectional lens. I see teamwork and diversity not only as ethical, but also as opportunities to learn and to improve the quality of my work.
Facilitator, Trainer and Training Design and Development Specialist
October 2020 – Present
Provide training for civil servants on Gender Based Analysis Plus, Authentic Inclusion, and Bias Awareness for our client: the Centre for Learning in Intercultural Effectiveness and International Assistance Policy (CFSC), Global Affairs Canada.
- Facilitation and evaluation of training interventions, programs, courses, seminars, workshops, distance learning or similar projects;
- Design of training interventions, programs, courses, seminars, workshops, distance learning or similar events;
- Design of materials in support of training interventions, programs, courses, seminars, workshops, distance learning or similar events; and
- Participation in other training-related or research activities as appropriate.
Living Without Violence
Dec 2020 – Present
Facilitate 12 week group education and counselling program on domestic violence and non-abusive ways of resolving conflict for men who were arrested for acts of domestic violence.
THE AFRO/CARIBBEAN MENTORSHIP PROGRAM, CARLETON UNIVERSITY
September 2020 – February 2020
The Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program (ACMP) is an initiative dedicated to supporting the success of African, Caribbean, Black (ACB) and other racialized undergraduate and graduate students on campus, while encouraging them to be confident members in our Ottawa community.
- Develop and manage projects, evaluation, reporting to management, stakeholders and funders.
- Event planning and management.
- Digital production and social media management.
Planned Parenthood Ottawa
Dec 2020 – January 2021
Support Planned Parenthood Ottawa with the development of a curriculum, a series of classroom-based workshops for students in Grade 9 to reduce teen dating violence among youth of all genders.
John Howard Society of Ottawa
January 2020 – November 2020
A Different Street provides male identifying youth, regardless of their complexities and challenges, an opportunity to access safe accommodations and utilize intensive on-site supports to assist with their life goals. This program strives to contribute to a reduction in the number of individuals using homeless shelters or living on the street, as well as to intervene with justice-involved and at-risk youth to decrease their risk for future offending and other problematic behaviours.
- Completed standardized assessments to evaluate the client’s risk and need areas, and to develop and implement an intervention plan to address those areas of need;
- Intervention development utilized behavioural, cognitive behavioural and social learning approaches;
- Established with the client achievable, time specific goals, and identified intermediate targets for change;
- Provided structured individual counselling with clients.
John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington
August 2018 – July 2019
Coordinated the Partner Assault Response (PAR) program; clients were perpetrators of domestic abuse, and court-mandated to finish the program. The program focused on taking responsibility and developing healthy relationship skills.
- Counseled clients in group and individual settings.
- Case management of criminalized and often vulnerable clients. Responsibilities included intake and determining eligibility, client assessment, determining client needs and client referrals to other services, reporting to management.
- Evaluated and monitored participant behaviours, cognitions, stages of change and motivation in relation to goals and the effects of behaviours on partners, children as well as the client.
March 2016 – May 2018
Innodata is an IT company providing services for publishers. My department worked with Wolters Kluwer Belgium, a legal publisher.
- Produced tools for teams, such as such as guidance documents, training documents, process flows, reports, etc.
- Analysed project progress, bottlenecks and efficiencies, project quality and results, project workflow and organizational structure, and data collection methods.
- Reported to senior management and clients in person and in writing, in briefings, reports, meeting preparation materials, memos.
- Facilitated flow of information between teams, management and clients, briefed management on important developments or inquiries, answered client inquiries.
Masculinity: Under Construction
June 2018 – Present
Masculinity under construction is for male-identifying folks to get together and discuss masculinity. The aim is to challenge ourselves, review our privilege, formulate a positive form of masculinity, build community and work towards change for ourselves and others.
- Organize a group of 250+ men to improve allyship skills and decrease toxic behaviours together with community partners, through a range of activities.
- Topics include(d): gender-based violence, nonviolent conflict resolution, fatherhood, effective communication, bystander intervention.
- Set up a formal cooperation with the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women.
- Successfully secured funding from the Ottawa Community Foundation.
MANifest Change, by OCTEVAW
May 2016 – Present
MANifest Change equips men and boys to skillfully prevent common situations of gender-based violence. We train people of all genders to facilitate the Five MANifest Change Conversations in your school, university, or place of work. MANifest Change is a project by the Ottawa Coalition To End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW)
- Developed workshops in consultation with the community.
- Educated youth and men on consent, #metoo, accountability, bystander intervention, positive forms of masculinity, gender-based violence, privilege.
- Accompanied other facilitators with lived experiences on allied projects, such as Project SoundCheck.
Sex Workers’ Action Network of Waterloo Region
October 2018 – July 2019
SWAN is a non-partisan group consisting of individuals, including those with lived experience, agencies and groups committed to recognizing and honouring individuals working in sex work.
- Organized Dec 17 event (International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers) to fight stigma, improve understanding, and increase solidarity with and support for sex workers’ rights.
- Organized June 2nd event to allow sex workers to celebrate in a safe space.
September 2018 – July 2019
The Sexual Health Options, Resources & Education – SHORE Centre aims to provide all residents of our community (Kitchener-Waterloo) with sexual health information and support.
- Provided sex-ed to youth on schools.
- Participated in improv theater to educate youth on consent, gender and sexual diversity, and sexual health.
Research coordinator / Interim Director
february 2014 – august 2016
Persons Against the Crime of Trafficking (PACT-Ottawa) is a non-partisan, secular organization whose membership includes professional educators, public servants, social service practitioners, members of faith groups and students, and aims to combat Human Trafficking. Working in human trafficking, I know that sex work is not human trafficking, and focus on all forms of human trafficking, including exploitation of labor, exploitation of migrants, domestic servitude and trafficking for the purpose of organ removal.
- Conducted and coordinated policy research, analyzed Ontario health policies and regulations, Canadian criminal law, population statistics, social trends, and the international legal framework, with a team of experts.
- Organized a Round Table to explore opportunities for cooperation among stakeholders: Health Canada, Justice Canada, the Kidney Foundation, and others.
Master of Sociology (M.Sc.) specializing in Gender and Migration
University of Amsterdam
Master of Philosophy (M.A.) specializing in Social Sciences
University of Amsterdam
M.Sc. and M.A. thesis: Prostitution and Sex Trafficking Policies
Specialization in Law
LL.M. thesis (in Dutch): First as tragedy, then as farce: How the history of the human trafficking offense is still relevant
Bachelor of Sociology (B.Sc.)
University of Amsterdam
B.Sc. thesis (in Dutch): The process of framing
Founder’s Award for Outstanding Contribution
Community Program Award
Crime Prevention Ottawa, 2015
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
Crisis Prevention Institute
Fundamentals of Addiction
University of Waterloo
Status of Women Canada
Introduction to Project Management
University of Adelaide
Advanced Anti-Human Trafficking Training Course
AAMS & Ontario Trillium Foundation