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MEET OUR TEAM

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Amelia Seed

Amelia Seed is an intersectional feminist with a passion for challenging systemic oppression and encouraging positive social change. She is currently a Prevention and Outreach Worker at Hope 24/7 where the majority of her work centres around community activism and community engagement efforts. Amelia completed her B.A. in Social Justice and Peace Studies at Western University and her M.A. in Gender Studies and Feminist Research at McMaster University. She is not only a survivor of sexual violence but has also worked with folx in this particular community for about five years. Amelia focuses on applying a traumainformed,

anti-racist, anti-oppressive and harm reduction lens to everything that she does.

Carrie Campbell

Carrie Campbell is a feminist and contemporary visual artist based in Brampton Ontario. Much of her material focuses on a variety of subjects, surrounding the growth of women, families, and marginalized peoples. Using her art, she aims to present her own feelings and experiences of tenderness, vulnerability, and underlying resilience, with themes ranging from subjects of personal struggles such as domestic violence and mental health issues, to depictions of her own personal favourite topics; culture and love. Raised in Queens, she studied in the New York Regional Studio Art Program for three years, before momentous life events eventually led her to Toronto, where she holds a diploma with honours in studio art from the International Council for Open Distance and Education, and has exhibited work at over 15, gallery exhibits, public events, and juried displays of fine art. She was a participating artist in a public vigil held by the City of Brampton in February 2019, in response to an act of femicide committed in the region. A life coach, and owner of an itinerant art and wellness workshop business, she is the lead instructor and pioneer of a wellness-through-art program known as Empowered Through Art, held at a local artist-run gallery. Her work is part of a community engagement initiative which promotes themes of positivity among residents of the city while using art techniques to remind them of the indelible impression art can have on any region. Carrie also has mixed media pieces on

permanent public display at the Family Life Resource Center and Hope 24/7, which are both local women’s centers within the Region of Peel. Carrie has received awards for her artwork, as well as volunteer efforts within local grassroots community outreach organizations serving marginalized populations in Brampton.

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Carmina Sahota 

Carmina Sahota has been volunteering and working with non-profit community-based organizations dedicated to working with survivors of trauma for several years. She works from a feminist, anti-oppressive, trauma-informed and client-centered framework and has experience working with diverse populations in a variety of supportive roles including crisis intervention, suicide prevention, counselling and advocacy work for youth, newly arrived

immigrants and refugees as well as individuals fleeing violence and sexual abuse. She holds a Masters of Education (M.Ed) from the University of Toronto, specializing in Counselling and Psychotherapy, as well as, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, specializing in Sociology and Psychology. She is a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). Carmina is passionate about supporting and empowering individuals on their journey to

healing by focusing on the power of their vulnerability, resiliency, and strengths.

“Still, I Rise.” - Maya Angelou

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Daverine Jumu

Daverine is a queer* intersectional black feminist activist and poet born in Freetown, Sierra Leone. She immigrated to Canada with her family due to a civil war in her country and has since permanently resided in Ontario. She attended the University of Toronto and double majored in Social Sciences and Gender Studies. Post-graduation, Daverine returned to her home content of Africa where she briefly worked in Tanzania developing community initiatives specifically targeted at ending violence against women and human rights education. After leaving Tanzania, Daverine embarked back to her home country of Sierra Leone where she worked with the official Legal Aid board and fostered partnerships with the local YWCA in order to provide legal education workshops for women being affected by violence. While in Sierra Leone, Daverine also engaged in outreach work and raised funds for those who lost their homes and loved ones in the tragic mudslide of 2017. Following her return to Canada, Daverine began a new position in Lynn Lake Manitoba working under public health as a Home Visitor in remote communities and reserves. When Daverine returned back to Ontario, she took on a position as a client Advocate in the shelter system. Frustrated by her limited ability to make concrete changes within the system, Daverine accepted a position as a prevention and outreach worker at Hope 24/7. Today, Daverine is engaged in dynamic restorative feminist work that seeks to completely re-imagine our ways of being and not only create safer spaces but a safer country for all those who have found themselves on the margins. All of these diverse experience in her profession as well as, her own lived experience as a sexual assault survivor has informed her artistry. She utilizes an intersectional feminist approach in her poetry in order to give voice to the complex realities, challenges and resiliency of womanhood. Daverine wants other survivors to know they are not alone, their feelings are valid and they are more resilient than they know.

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Melissa Costa-Ryan

Melissa Costa-Ryan is a Registered Social Worker who has experience working with individuals, families, groups, and couples. Melissa has been providing therapy in areas of mental health, specializing in trauma processing, anxiety, depression, PTSD, self esteem & self worth and helping individuals who have experienced domestic violence and sexual assault. She also has assists youth with special needs and individuals with FASD. Melissa has substantial experience working with diverse populations such as the LGBTQ2S+

community, Indigenous communities specifically First Nation, Inuit, and Metis populations She has also spent many years working within the Child Welfare Sector in a variety of capacities and more specifically serving indigenous families through the process of the Child Welfare System.

 

Melissa focuses on a client centered practice but recognizes at times it takes a community to assist individuals, couples, and families in their time of need. She works from a holistic approach focusing on the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical aspects of her clients. Melissa walks side by side with her clients and provides them with a safe non-judgemental space for them to process their experiences, feelings, and emotions. Throughout her life she always believed that learning about the similarities and differences of other people and other cultures are vital in forming therapeutic relationships with the people she serves.

Laura Zilney

Laura Zilney is an intersectional feminist who works from trauma-informed, harm reduction,anti-oppressive and evidence-based perspectives. She has been Chief Executive Officer of Hope 24/7 since 2013. She is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and a Board-Certified Sexologist with the American College of Sexologists. Laura has extensive experience working with those who have experienced

trauma and violence and has co-authored two books and authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals on trauma and sexuality. Laura has completed Basic Training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy and is the primary supervisor for the clinical team at Hope 24/7. This work is Laura’s passion in life, and she is profoundly honoured that survivors feel safe coming to her and Hope 24/7 for assistance.

“The woman is the foundation on which nations are built. She is the heart of her nation. If that heart is weak, the people are weak. If her hear is strong and her mind clear, then the nation is strong and knows its purpose. The woman is the centre of everything.”

(Art Solomon, Ojibway Elder)

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