Master of ceremonies
Sarah Stone has been an active member of ONE, a global anti-poverty organization, from its inception and has participated extensively in various ONE Canada initiatives including social media campaigns, petition deliveries, tabling at music events and conferences and recruiting and training new ONE members. Sarah works as a Nurse in maternal/infant care as a local hospital and also holds a BA in Religious Education. Sarah is passionate about advocacy and engaging new ONE members to become active and use their voice in the fight against global extreme poverty and preventable diseases. She has a particular interest in HIV/AIDS and global maternal health. Sarah lives in Waterloo, Ontario with her husband who is a pastor of a local church and their three daughters.
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Lori is a 2-Spirit Nitāpihtākosisān, Métis: Nēhiyaw (Cree) and Scottish. Her relatives are from Treaty 6 territory in northern Saskatchewan. Lori is an intergenerational survivor of the Indian Residential School system and a child from the Sixties Scoop generation.
She is proud to say that over the last 25 years she has managed to locate and contact not only her birth mom and family relations, but all 6 of her living siblings – scattered across Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta. The search for Lori’s family was an educational as well as personal experience for her. She learned firsthand the far-reaching effects of the residential school legacy.
Her life experiences have contributed not only to her understanding of Indigenous issues, but also to her passion for education. Lori holds two undergraduate degrees (Indigenous Studies and Psychology), a Master’s degree in Adult Education from First Nations University of Canada and the University of Regina, and is currently working towards a PhD in Social Justice Education through OISE at the University of Toronto. Lori is currently the Director of Indigenous Initiatives and the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre.
hope for the sold
Dave was born and raised in the small town of Elmira, Ontario, where he’s worked with youth for over 10 years. The challenges faced by these teenagers gave him the idea to produce Over 18, a documentary about pornography. He has a passion for seeing young people overcome porn and whatever other obstacles may hold them back from reaching their full potential physically, mentally and spiritually.
Canadian Red cross
Amélie Doyon is an advisor in protection and community engagement & accountability at the Canadian Red Cross. In this role, she supports both domestic and international psychosocial support and violence prevention activities.
Amélie holds a Master's degree in International Relations from Laval University in Canada, and has a special interest in child protection, gender-based violence prevention and community engagement. She has worked on violence prevention and psychosocial initiatives of the Red Cross in Canada during the Syrian Refugee Response and the Fort McMurray Forest Fires Response in 2016, as well as in Sierra Leone, in the Philippines, in Haiti and as an advisor for the international operation since 2015. She has also worked with the Red Cross Respect Education program at preventing violence and promoting healthy relationships in Canada since 2011.
Canadian training Institute
Maureen is a Registered Social Worker who completed her Master and Bachelor of Social Work from Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona. Her studies were based on working with children, youth and families. There in Arizona, is where she had the privilege of providing cultural sensitive services to a diverse community. Maureen has extensive experience working with individuals who have been impacted by domestic and sexual violence and delivering services that derives from a strength- based approach utilizing modalities such as, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Solution Focus Therapy, Play Therapy, Art Therapy and Conflict Resolution. Over the years Maureen has supported hundreds of individuals, couples, youth and children. Currently, Maureen is a Team Lead at the Canadian Training Institute where she has the opportunity of working with frontline facilitators that support youth in the GTA.
Canadian training institute
Caitlin earned her Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University. Before joining the Canadian Training Institute, Caitlin worked in community corrections in various roles, including case management with people on probation, facilitating groups for federal parolees, and creating and facilitating groups for community members. Specialty areas include cognitive skills, anger management, rethinking our thoughts that lead to our emotions and behaviours. In her role with the MAD Program, Caitlin applies various facilitation and case management techniques to support participants in achieving their goals and learning new skills. The young people she works with inspire her to engage in a facilitation style that is dynamic, critical, and empathetic.
Canadian Training Institute
Emily Joyce is a Program Facilitator of the Inspiring Minds program at the Canadian Training Institute. In this role, she delivers a school-based program that supports youth ages 12-18 to build resilience, healthy relationships, and increase their school and community engagement.
Emily holds a Master's degree in Youth Mental Health and Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary, and is currently registered with the Ontario College of Teachers. She has worked in a variety of educational settings ranging from elementary to post-secondary education. Emily has a special interest in trauma-informed practice and institutional supports for young people who have experienced trauma.