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MEET OUR STAFF

Our team of hardworking and extraordinary individuals are dedicated to ensuring you receive the best service.

Laura Zilney
Laura Zilney
Chief Executive Officer
Alex Hopkins
Alex Hopkins
Crisis Therapist & Outreach Worker
Carmina Sahota
Carmina Sahota
Crisis Therapist & Outreach Worker
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Lisa McDonald
Lisa McDonald
Crisis Therapist & Outreach Worker
Rupinder Multani
Rupinder Multani
Crisis Therapist
Safiya Razack
Safiya Razack
Executive Assistant
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Tesha Joy Plaza
Tesha Joy Plaza
Crisis Therapist and Outreach Worker
Supy Ghose
Supy Ghose
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
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Meet Our Board Members

Alaina Alexandra

Alaina was called to the Ontario Bar in 2017. While a student at the Osgoode Hall Law School, she worked with Pro Bono Students Canada where she provided legal assistance to Duty counsel in the Peel Region. Through this opportunity, she garnered extensive experience working alongside survivors of abuse by seeking legal recourse on their behalf. Subsequent to her call, she has worked on various family law matters within the firm setting.

Uttam Bajwa

Uttam Bajwa is Project Lead, Global Health and Research Associate at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She serves several not-for-profits as a Director and advisory committee member.

Katherine Butler

Kate Butler is a human rights researcher and advocate, currently leading the Maytree Foundation’s work on human rights and education. She has worked in the non-profit sector for the last decade in a variety of roles including in research, teaching, evaluation, program development, volunteer coordination, fundraising and more. She is passionate about children’s rights, opportunities for youth in and from care, and creating innovative solutions to poverty.

When she’s not working, Kate’s hobbies are running, yoga, and hanging out with her three kids. Kate holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Victoria, also serves on the board of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of the Child.

Sangeetha Navaratnam

James Wingate

James Wingate has been a sworn Police Officer with Peel Regional Police Service for over 20 years. He currently works in the Special Victims Unit as a Detective supervising a team of investigators that deal specifically with Child Abuse and Sexual Assault cases.

He has worked in various Units including 11 Division and 22 Division Uniform, 22 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau, Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit, Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau, and has had secondments to the Office of the Chief Coroner for the Province of Ontario as a Coroner’s Investigator and as an Independent Consultant for the Missing Women’s Commission of Inquiry in British Columbia.

He received a B.A. (Hons) ’96 degree from the University of Guelph, majoring in History, as well as his M.A. ‘09 and M.B.A. ‘16 from Athabasca University.

Helen Ziegler

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