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Paloma Amato is currently enrolled as a Women’s Studies undergraduate at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute. She has been actively working with the Centre for Gender Advocacy on the campaign for a sexual assault centre at Concordia. She was lucky enough to have a whip smart feminist example in her life from early on, but is always looking for new opportunities to be amazed by other people’s great politics! She has an immediate interest in deepening her understanding of trans* issues and prison justice. Feminism and existentialism have been her most important discoveries so far, in that order.
Katharine Hall is a librarian at Concordia Libraries and has been volunteering in the Centre’s library helping catalogue books and zines since 2012. Her formal education background includes biochemistry, women’s studies and library and information sciences. Prior to her life in Montreal, she spent her time living and working on a farm in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley and will happily start talking about apples at the drop of a hat. Fun Katharine facts: she hates writing writing autobiographies, but loves puppets.
Olivia Kamgain has been involved in gender advocacy for several years as an activist, radio host, worker and in her academic path. During these years, she particularly worked on issues related to gender-based violence (domestic violence, sexual abuse, sexual assault during war etc..). She is currently working in public health and has an interest in health inequalities and reproductive justice.
Emelia Koberg is a Swedish-Canadian raised in Wakefield, Québec. She is a project coordinator at the Fédération du Québec pour le Planning des Naissances (FQPN) and is working on a project aiming to weave together a pro-choice culture. Emelia has been exploring and organizing around anti-oppression, social and environmental justice and radical health in Ottawa and Montreal since 2008. She is also a member of the Reproductive Justice League and Choir.
Abby Lippman is a long-time community activist (including Board membership in a range of organizations), and long-time academic (now Professor Emerita, McGill; Research Asssociate, Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia).
Dan Parker a Brazilian-Canadian born and raised in Toronto. After teaching History and other high school courses for over two years in Quebec, Dan got involved in the Occupy Montreal movement in 2011 as a facilitator, mobilizer and co-initiator of the 99% Journal. He is currently enrolled in a Master in Arts (Education) at Concordia University. Check out his present work with a political street choir at www.choraledupeuple.org or some of his music videos at www.youtube.com/user/mrparkerquebec.
Jayna Patel is a native born Montrealer. She has studied Business, Literature and History at Concordia University, and is currently studying Accounting. She first got involved with the 2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy in 2009 as a volunteer with the Missing Justice campaign.
Rose Marie Whalley is from the UK but has lived in Montreal since 1971. She worked as a teacher in adult education programmes. In addition, she has been active in the struggle for rights for women, anti-racist groups and peace groups. She has also been a community radio programmer for many years.
Peer Support and Trans Advocacy Coordinator
Gabrielle is 42-year-old mother. After trying to be subversive in the corporate world for more than 15 years, she started a major in Women’s Studies and a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute in 2009. A former skydiver (4 years), she now gets her excitement from coordinating the Peer Support and Trans Advocacy Program.
Julie trained as a potter and cook, but somehow ended up spending more time as a community organizer. She has been active in anti-war and environmental movements and helped found the New Brunswick Media Co-op.
Programming and Campaigns Coordinator
Bianca was born in Kampala, Uganda and immigrated to Canada at the age of 5. She is a writer, activist and graduate of Concordia’s Community Economic Development program. Bianca is the former chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Quebec and co-author of Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay.
Publicity and Promotions Coordinator
Maya is a Montreal-based writer, activist, and journalist, with a focus on First Nations struggles in Canada. She grew up in the woods and loves animals, especially dogs. She is a fire sign and considers this an important fact. She has an ongoing love affair with feminist ways of thinking.