Claudette Boulanger (Staff)
Claudette Boulanger is a warrior survivor activist feminist, who uses the pronouns ‘she’ or ‘they’ is from the old school to the new school. I have been working at TRCC/MWAR for over 20 years and have been a critical part of the anti- rape movement in Toronto building community and working with systems to create justice for survivors of sexual violence.
I am a black Jamaican butch lesbian and a working class mother. I have been actively involved in queer people of colour community through groups such as Blockrama, the “Get Screened” campaigns (two campaigns for lesbians and Trans people to get paps and breast/colon cancer screenings) and Indigenous community organizing. I also volunteer at Community Hospice & Wellness Programs of the Hub- Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities. I answer to ‘Claude’.
Mary Ho (Board)
My preferred pronouns are she/her. I started volunteering at the TRCC/MWAR in 2009, first as a crisis line councillor and in various projects, and have been on the Board of Directors since 2013. It’s an honour, privilege and joy to be part of the Centre, working with strong, inspiring women and other folks in supporting survivors of sexual violence and fighting to eradicate violence. I identity as a straight, able-bodied, cisgender woman of colour, an immigrant and settler of the Hong Kong diaspora, an activist and an ally. I’m excited about helping develop our East Asian Women & Trans Caucus. I love co-ops, community building, my cat Coco, and the Centre.
Cynamin Maxwell (Staff)
Cynamin Maxwell who uses the pronoun ‘she’ has worked as a Peer Counsellor and Advocate at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre / Multicultural Women Against Rape for the past eleven years. Her work at the Centre involves crisis intervention, face to face counselling, advocacy and public education. Outside of her paid work Cynamin has volunteered at Woman ACT as a Court Watch Volunteer and as a Peer Counsellor for the Regional Women’s Health Centre – Women & Violence Counselling Program. For seven years Cynamin was the Public Education, Campaign Coordinator and Co-Founder of Humanize Toronto, a grassroots organization carrying out neighbourhood education campaigns dealing with air pollution, public transit and public participation in the municipal budget process.
Yadesha Satheaswaran is a South Asian, female-identifying survivor of violence. She has volunteered with the TRCC over the last couple years in various capacities. She is also currently completing her Masters degree at the University of Toronto and will be starting at a law school in the fall. Her hope is that one day, she can represent survivors of violence in a system built to invisibilize and marginalize their experiences. During her off time, Yadesha loves to watch Lord of the Rings movies and eat chocolate cake.
Karlene Moore (Staff)
I use the pronoun ‘she’, I work with survivors and allies at TRCC/MWAR as a Counselor/advocate/activist. I have been working towards liberation and freedom from sexual violence for over 20 years at TRCC/MWAR, bringing my experiences from the abortion rights movement and lgbtqi liberation.
I work collectively using values of respect, accountability, healilng and joy. Using the framework of privilege and oppression, I work in collaboration with other activists/allies to actively engage in deconstructing oppressive structures, beliefs and behaviours. I am honoured to have worked with survivors for many years and to have learned about radical resistance to violence and healing from sexual violence.
Maria Olaya (Staff)
“Maria Clemencia Olaya,who uses the pronoun ‘she’, was born in Colombia, South America. I identified as a Woman of color, Lesbian, Immigrant, Able body, Activist, Women’s advocate and a Journalist. I have being in Canada for the past 12 years; my journey has transformed my views related to women’s issues. I am passion about it and to have the opportunity to work with amazing, resilience, strong and powerful women.
At this present time, I am very honor and excited to work at the TRCC/MWAR (Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape). My work as member of one of the last standing collective in the women’s sector, is very diverse from counseling, groups, fundraising, finances, Latino-American issues, collaboration work with other organizations, accompaniments and many more areas of work.
My strength as a survivor has giving me the opportunity to be there as a support person to provide the means and the avenues for the healing and empowerment process for other survivors.”
Grissel Orellana (Staff)
My name is Grissel Orellana who uses the pronoun ‘she’, I work at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape as program coordinator for the Latin-American Women’s program as well as other roles such as counsellor, advocate, facilitator, fundraiser, financial operational management, community activist, allied, and survivor of violence.
I have engaged in resisting violence in the last 17 yrs in the anti-rape movement and violence against women sector. Working at TRCC/MWAR has challenge me, society and the view of world to deconstruct colonization, oppression, privilege and violence against women, with every challenge there is transformation and liberation to one’s rights from their places of identity and survivorship.
My commitment to work collectively through empowerment and leadership with diverse communities of women and their families has been a rewarding experienced as I have encountered many paths of life in women’s journey through their healing and liberation of violence.
Women in our communities are motivated and committed to transform power in everyday resistance of violence against us and our families; creates strength and the right to be liberated from any form of violence.
deb singh (Staff)
deb singh is a counselor/activist at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape. As a revolutionary who uses the pronoun ‘she’, an Indo-Caribbean, anti-violence activist, deb has been working with survivors of sexual violence for the last 16 years. As a 37 year old, queer, working class new mom, she uses interactive workshop tools, art making and writing to try and get her messages across. She loves learning from others, walks on the beach and being an ally to Black and Indigenous communities. Check out her monthly blog at Shamelessmag.com