This is who I am. This is what I need.

Thank you to everyone who participated in making
“This is who I am. This is what I need.” such a success!

Ontario Attorney General John Gerretsen addresses the audience





Nneka MacGregor is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Centre for Social Justice, better known as the WomenatthecentrE. WomenatthecentrE is a non profit organization created by women survivors of gendered violence, for women survivors. The organization strives to ensure that social policies and practice are responsive to the needs of women and their children fleeing abuse through engaging the women with the lived experience directly. She sits on a number of Advisory Boards and Committees, including the Toronto Police Domestic Violence Action Plan Committee, and is currently a member of a committee developed by the Board of the Psychology Foundation of Canada to investigate the viability and need for an education initiative on the impact of partner abuse on children (ImPAC).

Nneka is an advocate who works with government and other organizations to eradicate violence against women. In 2007, she was one of 13 experts selected by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to review the range of services provided to women and children in the province, identify gaps and make recommendations. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Girl Child Network Worldwide, a UK based Charity that focuses on empowerment of the girl child, through education and the eradication of practices that impede their full physical, emotional and spiritual growth and development. Nneka is also Chair of the Board of Directors of Moatfield Foundation of Bayview Glen School.

Fran Odette is the Program Manager of the Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women’s Program at Springtide Resources, formerly Education Wife Assault, since 2003.  She has been working in the violence against women movement for approximately 16 years, with a particular focus on issues impacting women with disabilities and Deaf women.  Trainer/educator and writing, much of Fran’s work has been supporting service providers in the VAW sector as well as social service agencies to make the linkages needed to ensure that all women have access to services.  Fran has also been an instructor in the Assaulted Women and Children Counsellor Advocate Program since 2008.

With over 22 years of experience as a Community Educator, Kim Allen has developed curriculum material, adult education workshops and experiential learning resources for a diverse range of audiences. She truly believes that conversations make change and encourage action. Throughout her volunteer and work life, she has stayed committed to and involved in the Violence Against Women movement. Kim is the Executive Director of the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston and the President of the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres.