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 Coordinator of Community Education and Professional/Legal Training 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 completing her honours thesis in Sociology at Acadia University. Her research interests include rural studies, queer studies, and social theory. 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, actively participates in queer student organizing, and does presentations on healthy sex and sexuality for campus and community participants.
Yamikani Msosa is a grassroots feminist anti-violence advocate and educator. She is currently the Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion, overseeing the Black Academic Success and Engagement (BASE) Initiative at Humber College. She completed her Master’s degree in Women and Gender Studies at Carleton University and was recently the Education Specialist at the Ryerson University, Consent Comes First: Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education office. She has given trainings all over the country on issues related to Sexual Violence, LGBTQ Communities & Anti-Black Racism including Ministry of the Attorney General, Ministry of Labour, Status of Women, UN Committee on International Decade of People of African Descent, and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Yamikani has been featured in Macleans Magazine, The Walrus, Chatelaine Magazine, Now Toronto, and CBC National. She has worked for organizations such as Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women, Immigrant Women Services of Ottawa, Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa to name a few. Yamikani held the position of Executive Member & Vice Chair for the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres. In her spare time, she teaches trauma-informed yoga to survivors of sexual violence through her program SEEDS.
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 is a director and community activist. She was born in Mexico, in 1996 and at the age of 6 she moved to Toronto, Canada, where she lives and studies. Andy has directed several short films and documentaries, and has participated in diverse cinematographic projects. In 2017, Andy received the Horizon Award, at Sundance Festival, and her film was invited to screen at the Cannes film festival in 2017. She is also co-founder of Project Slut, an organization that successfully dismantled Central Technical School´s dress code. For which she received the Status of Women Award back in 2014.