Provincial Advisory Group

The Provincial Advisory Group (PAG) serves as an advisory committee to the Learning Network. The PAG is made up of dynamic leaders from organizations across Ontario with mandates to end gender-based violence.

PAG members provide expertise to the Learning Network on research, practice, and prevention across the continuum of gender-based violence. They also offer unique knowledge on principles of diversity, equity, and accessibility.

The PAG serves as an opportunity to further increase the collective effectiveness and reach of education and training materials addressing gender-based violence in Ontario and beyond.

Members include:

Member: Marie-Pascale Lafrenière

Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes (AOcVF) is an Ontario-wide federation of francophone feminist organizations working to eliminate violence against women. AOcVF has a mandate to work to prevent violence, provide ongoing training for workers, set directions and take the initiative to establish French-language services, and analyse issues and produce education and awareness materials in French.

click here for Aocvf's website


Member: Katreena Scott

The Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC) is committed to the development and application of knowledge for the prevention of violence against women and children through promoting innovation, collaboration, and equality.

click here for crevawc's website

Member: Sheila Schuehlein

Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario is a provincial, charitable, non-profit organization focused on supporting the implementation of The Ontario Strategy to Combat Elder Abuse. They focus on service coordination and building local capacity of front-line workers, caregivers, and community networks by providing public education and training to professionals/service providers and families of seniors to raise awareness around elder abuse issues.

click here for elder abuse prevention ontario's website

Member: Emily Murray

Luke’s Place is devoted to improving the safety and experience of abused women and their children as they proceed through the family law process. It provides direct services to women in Durham Region and systemic programs across the province that address the intersection of gender-based violence and family law.

click here for luke's place website

Members: Deborah Hurley-Laing

METRAC works with individuals, communities and institutions to change ideas, actions and policies with the goal of ending violence against women and youth. Delivering relevant and boundary-breaking services and programs, they focus on education and prevention and use innovative tools to build safety, justice and equity.

click here for metrac's website

Member: Amber Wardell

The Ontario Association of Interval & Transition Houses (OAITH) is a coalition of first stage emergency shelters, 2nd stage housing organizations, and community-based women organizations who work towards ending violence against all women. They achieve this through training, education, advocacy, public awareness, and government relations.

click here for oaith's website

Members: Sly Castaldi and Nicole Pietsch

The Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) is a network of sexual assault centres across Ontario. They represent 29 English-language sexual assault centres. Their membership includes sexual assault centres from across Ontario that offer counselling, information, and support services to survivors of sexual violence, including childhood sexual abuse and incest.

click here for ocrcc's website

Member: Berivan Sarikaya

The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) was formed in 1978 to act as a collective voice for immigrant serving agencies and to coordinate responses to shared needs and concerns. Its membership is comprised of more than 200 community-based organizations in the province of Ontario.

click here for ocasi's website

Member: Alicia Cameron

The Ontario Native Education Counselling Association (ONECA) is an organization comprised of First Nation Education Counsellors that was incorporated in 1985. ONECA is founded upon principles that recognize that, although a variety of counselling and educational tools and programs exist in Ontario, the development of Native communities requires tools and programs designed specifically to improving Native Counselling and Education services.

click here for oneca's website

Members: Jennifer Bolton and Ingrid Green

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is a not for profit organization to empower and support all Indigenous women and their families in the province of Ontario through research, advocacy, policy development and programs that focus on local, regional and provincial activities.

click here for onwa's website

Member: Sheila Macdonald

The Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres was established by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in 1993 to provide leadership and support to 36 hospital-based sexual assault and domestic violence treatment centres across Ontario. Their goal is to provide victims/survivors of sexual violence and domestic violence with comprehensive, quality care and support.

click here for the ontario network's website

Member: Kate Bojin

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys committed to ending violence against women and girls. White Ribbon develops campaigns and programming, and provides technical expertise to meaningfully engage men and boys in promoting gender equality and preventing gender-based violence.

click here for white ribbon's website

Member: Nneka MacGregor

WomenatthecentrE, also known as Women’s Centre for Social Justice, is a non-profit organization that works to eradicate violence against women through personal, political, and social advocacy. As the only organization created by survivors for survivors, they use their shared experiences to help change public perceptions and policy.

click here for womenatthecentre's website

Member: Esther Enyolu

Women’s Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham Region is a Registered Charitable Organization dedicated to providing specialized counselling, services, and programs to women of all ages, and youth and children from diverse backgrounds, to eradicate violence, to re-build their lives, and to enable them to become contributing members of society.

click here for wmrcc's website

Member: Kathe Rogers

YouthREX works to make research evidence and evaluation practices accessible and relevant to Ontario’s grassroots youth sector through knowledge exchange, capacity building and evaluation leadership.

click here for youthrex's website

Members: Rosalind Gunn, YWCA Cambridge, and Sami Pritchard, YWCA Toronto

YWCA Ontario is a provincial coalition of YWCA Member Associations. We offer a range of housing programs and services including Violence Against Women (VAW) shelters, employment and training programs, community supports, child care services, and girls’ programs – all designed to address the needs of women, girls, and gender diverse people and their families. We also engage in systemic advocacy to advance substantive gender and racial equality in our province. Combined, we serve more than 50,000 people every year across Ontario.  

click here for ywca cambridge's website

click here for ywca toronto's website


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