Community Advisory Group

The OHRC has created a Community Advisory Group to provide ongoing ideas and advice as we work to meet our strategic priorities: embodying human rights through reconciliation, enforcing human rights in the criminal justice system, advancing human rights by addressing poverty, and promoting a human rights culture through education. This group was set up to begin – and in many cases to continue – an ongoing, meaningful conversation between the OHRC and the many communities we serve. The conversation is about collaboration, partnerships and mutual support.

Our Strategic Plan commits us to putting people and their rights at the centre – and this group will help us do just that.

We had an application and selection process, which began with inviting individuals to submit a statement of interest. We asked members to commit to one-year terms, which are renewable.

Community Advisory Group members reflect a wide cross-section of Ontario communities, including:

  • Persons with lived experience, across Code grounds
  • Persons who have worked in organizations providing services to the community or representing community members in their area of related expertise
  • Persons with diverse geographic representation
  • Persons with academic or policy expertise
  • First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit peoples
  • Representation from the Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC)
  • Representation from the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC).

The OHRC works with many diverse stakeholders across Ontario. We will continue to seek advice, partnerships and support on an ongoing basis with individuals who may not be members of the Advisory Group. Our ultimate goal is to make sure that all Ontarians have a voice on human rights issues.

Zanana Akande
First Black woman elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and to serve as a cabinet minister in Canada

Leah Ballantyne
Chief of Staff, Chiefs of Ontario

Nigel Barriffe
President, Urban Alliance on Race Relations

Juana Berinstein
Director of Policy and Communication, Association of Ontario Midwives

Paul Champ
Human Rights and Employment Lawyer, Champ and Associates

Uppala Chandrasekera
Director, Public Policy, Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario

Lisa Cirillo
Executive Director, Downtown Legal Services
University of Toronto Faculty of Law Community Legal Clinic

Claudette Commanda
Executive Director, First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres

Mojdeh Cox
National Representative, Political Action and Campaigns, Canadian Labour Congress

Christen Cullen
Executive Director, John Howard Society of York Region

Michael Creek
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Working for Change

Natalie Dagenais
Director, Investigations Division, Canadian Human Rights Commission

Jeremy Dias
Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity

Debbie Douglas
Executive Director, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

Yasin Dwyer
Muslim Chaplain, Ryerson University

Avvy Go
Clinic Director, Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic

Kenneth Hale
Director of Advocacy and Legal Services, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)

Ian Hamilton
Executive Director, Equitas - International Centre for Human Rights Education

Kelly Hannah-Moffat
Vice-President, Human Resources and Equity, University of Toronto

Dakota Heon
Meeting Co-Chair, Aboriginal Youth Council, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres

Raihanna Hirji-Khalfan
Accessibility Specialist

Carl James
Chair, York Centre for Education and Community, York University

Ken Jeffers
Senior Manager, Equitable and Inclusive System Culture, Toronto District School Board

Dr. Salha Jeizan
Chair, MIAG - Centre for Diverse Women and Families

April Julian
Director of Education, Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust

Saleha Khan
Organizational Development Specialist, Diversity and Inclusion, City of London

Anita Khanna
National Coordinator, Campaign 2000: End Child and Family Poverty

Raja Khouri
President, Canadian Arab Institute

Lori Kleinsmith
Health Promoter, Bridges Community Health Centre

Chelsea Krahn
Justice Policy Analyst, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres

Robert Lattanzio
Executive Director, ARCH Disability Law

Elizabeth McIsaac
President, Maytree Foundation

Fallon Melander
Policy Counsel, Legal Aid Ontario

Noa Mendelsohn Aviv
Acting Executive Director, Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Nicola Mulima
Executive Director, Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation

Kike Ojo
Project Manager, One Vision One Voice: Changing the Child Welfare System for African Canadian Families

Paula Osmok
Executive Director, John Howard Society of Ontario

Pam Palmater
Chair, Indigenous Governance, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University

Jessica Reekie
Executive Director, Ontario Justice Education Network

Cecil Roach
Coordinating Superintendent, Equity and Community Services, York Region District School Board

Paul Robitaille
Chair, Youth Council, Métis Nation of Ontario

Nancy Rowe
Elder, Traditional Teacher

Catherine Soplet
Peel Poverty Action Group

Chantal Tie
Lawyer, Human Rights Legal Support Centre

Adam Vasey
Director – Policy, Learning and Evaluation, Tamarack Institute

Jessica Wolfe
Duty Counsel, Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto

Farrah Khan
Coordinator, Sexual Violence Education and Support, Ryerson University