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Social Policy Researcher & Writer

Location:Ottawa, ON, Canada (From home)

Education level: Masters
Education field: Other
Years of experience: more than 5
Attributes that best describes:
Team player
Independent worker
Strong analytical skills

Master of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in development, human rights and gender studies and an honours degree in Social Work from Carleton University. I also have a background in Public Administration, Law and Human Psychology.

A Dean’s Scholar, with over 20 years of experience as an administrator, writer, legislative researcher, policy analyst, advisor and case manager on immigration and refugees, employment, pensions, health, youth at risk, gender mainstreaming, gender-based violence and other social policies in the Federal Parliament of Canada and as an executive within the non-government sector.

I am a trained facilitator, community development worker and independent consultant. I have carried out projects with the Government of Jamaica, Belize and Canada and the NGO sector. I have also provided ongoing volunteer assistance within Ottawa’s Sexual Assault, Rape Crisis, Racialised and Immigrant Women’s Communities.

Some career accomplishments include: (a) “Broken Images”, a Needs Assessment Research Report focusing on the impact of gender-based violence on youth in Belize, (b) Directing community liaison, research and the writing of a brief to the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade on Bill C-293: An Act Respecting the Provision of Official Development Assistance Abroad, (c) Directing the planning, organising and secretariat support of the 2010, Pre-G-8 Global Parliamentarians Summit (d) Influencing changes to the Canadian Government’s approach to instituting Canada’s Women At Risk Refugee Policy and (e) Being one of the original volunteer members of Ottawa’s first community street clinic for at-risk-youth, a precursor to Canada’s Community Health Clinics.

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