Why an Advisory Committee?
Accountability to diverse groups of youth is central to this project. Our Advisory Committee ensures that our partnership work is grounded in young peoples’ needs and perceptions.
To encourage respectful engagement, we are committed to implementing the highly successful approach of the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (one of our community partners) and the Youth Services Bureau in setting out some guiding intentions for engaging Advisory Committee members:
Youth Engagement is not a program: Youth engagement should be viewed as a philosophy and natural way of working in the organization rather than as a special program.
Contributions match the project goals – Young people and adults who are working with us should be recruited for their knowledge, skills, interests and commitment to the organizational mission.
One person cannot represent many – A young person should not be considered “the youth voice” at the table – it should be acknowledged that everyone at the table brings different perspectives to the issue.
Debate as a learning tool – Debate is a key element of personal and organizational growth. Our youth engagement process is dedicated to learning and growing and being flexible and adaptable throughout this process.
Meet our Youth Advisory Committee:
Advisory Committee members are asked to commit to participating in four one-hour tele-meetings throughout the year, to provide feedback on the research and outreach activities associated with the project. YAC members also join us for our annual project team meetings and any other special events and workshops organized by the project.
Currently, we have six YAC members associated with The eQuality Project. Additional information about these members and their skillsets and experiences is located below.
Dee Dooley is a queer feminist socio-legal researcher and community advocate. Dee is currently working as the Regional Sexual Assault Capacity Coordinator at Avalon Sexual Assault Centre in Halifax, NS, where she brings together communities, organizations, and service providers to increase competencies in responding to sexualized violence and social oppression. Dee has over 10 years of experience working on community engagement with a focus on gender-based violence, youth leadership, and systemic change. In 2015, she received a Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Person’s Case.
Tara MacDougall is a lawyer with an international development background, who is currently practising as in-house counsel at a Crown corporation. Prior to this, Tara worked in criminal law with the Ministry of the Attorney General. She also has experience in Legal Aid, working with various equity-seeking groups, such as survivors of crime, persons with disabilities, and refugees. She has worked with a number of community organizations on human rights and social justice issues, including the Ticket Defence Program, the Equality Effect, the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program and the Salvation Army.
Christine is currently in her final year of an undergraduate degree in Sociology at Acadia University. Her research interests include rural and queer studies and she strongly believes in the power of the internet as a space for youth to create transformative communities. She has previously worked as a research assistant on a project that investigated resiliency building among rural girls of Nova Scotia. In her spare time, she hosts a radio show called “Equalizer” on campus at Acadia and works at a video game store.
Yamikani is a grassroots feminist anti-violence activists and support worker. She completed her Master’s degree in Women and Gender Studies at Carleton and is currently employed at the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa as the Public Education Coordinator. Her role at SASC Ottawa has included training, media, guest lecturing and community organizing. She is member of the Executive Board of the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres OCRCC where she chairs Anti-oppression/anti-racism committee. Her feminist activism started at Ottawa Coalition to End Violence against Women, then transitioned to Immigrant Women Services of Ottawa, Yami currently sits on the Advisory Council for MATCH International Global Fund for Women, She is a Board Member at Planned Parenthood Ottawa and is an member of Association of Womens Rights and Development. In November 2016 Yamikani Founded UBUNTU OTTAWA, which is an organization which brings together social justice healers and educator in Ottawa giving anti-oppression workshops and alternative healing spaces. Yamikani has done anti-racism training for Ministry of Labour, Ottawa Police, Ontario Interval and Transition House Coalition to name a few.
Jackie is a third-year student at UBC. She is passionate about using media literacy to change how cultures are portrayed in our “Western-Americanized media,” challenging what it means to “look like or identify as a Canadian.”
Andy Villanueva is a Mexican immigrant, multi-disciplinary artist and co-founder of Project Slut. She has been fighting for young women’s rights since she was 15. She is currently double majoring at York university and studying Human Rights & Equity Studies & Cinema. She was a co creator of the “It’s Never Okay” national video.