Meet the Team

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Sam

Director

She/Her | BA

Sam's dedication to anti-sexual violence advocacy began when she saw an education presentation facilitated by the University of Alberta Sexual Assault Centre (SAC) during the second year of her undergraduate degree. Little did she know that this presentation would play a large part in determining her personal and professional direction into the future. After working as both the Volunteer Programme Coordinator and the Education Program Coordinator, Sam moved into the role of Director of the SAC in January 2017. As Director, Sam provides vision, guidance, and mentorship to a tremendously talented group of volunteers and staff, who all passionately believe in the transformative power of peer-education, community-driven awareness initiatives, and person-centred support. Sam's years of experience facilitating anti-sexual violence education workshops and providing crisis intervention support to those who have been impacted by sexual violence has taught her a lot about the importance of creating space for folks to connect to the issues in ways that make sense for them. When Sam isn't working she can be found engaging in intersectional feminist community organizing, or outdoors with her pup.

 

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Paige

Volunteer Programme Coordinator & Crisis Support Worker

She/Her | BSc

Paige has been involved in anti-sexual violence advocacy since volunteering with the University of Alberta Sexual Assault Centre as a Volunteer Intake Support Worker in 2014. After completing her undergraduate degree in 2016, Paige was fortunate enough to obtain a staff position at the same Centre that she believes was so transformative during her academic career, and now oversees its Crisis Intervention Program. Her work involves training and supervising a team of incredibly dedicated and talented Crisis Intervention Volunteers who facilitate education workshops and provide support, advocacy, and accompaniment to survivors of sexual violence and their supporters. Paige is passionate about survivor-led advocacy, person-centred support, and the tremendous impact a positive first response can have. When not at work, Paige engages in other interests including her cat, board games, and fantasy novels.

 

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Daniela

Education Programme Coordinator

She/Her | RSW | CD (DONA)

Daniela has extensive knowledge working in the anti-violence field in various locations. She has witnessed the impacts of the global trafficking trade while serving as crew on sailing vessels throughout the oceans, managed a 24/7 volunteer-ran sexual violence hotline in Minneapolis, and provided long term support to youth engaged in the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) in the United States. Daniela is honoured and grateful for these work experiences and opportunities to navigate advocacy through community organizing, guerilla marketing, researching, and providing direct services. Her areas of study include a Political Science major with a certificate in Women and Gender Studies from Minneapolis Community Technical College, and a double degree in Sociology & Social Work with a minor in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin.

As one of the Education Programme Coordinators at the University of Alberta Sexual Assault Centre, Daniela values creating accessible, inclusive and welcoming environments that allow for education, empowerment, and healing of those impacted by sexual violence. As a social worker, Daniela is interested in responses to sexual violence on a micro, mezzo, and macro level, and understands the necessity and interconnectedness of interpersonal violence services, education, and systems change. Daniela is a 3rd generation birth-worker and full spectrum Doula who provides culturally specific services, rituals and ways of knowing/remembering to the birthing and dying process. When not at work, Daniela can be found growing herbs, working with crystals and dreaming of a tropical somewhere.

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Kit

Education Programme Coordinator

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Kit became passionate about anti-sexual violence education when they started volunteering at the University of Alberta Sexual Assault Centre in 2015. They filled many roles as a volunteer, first doing crisis intervention and support work and then as a member of the Education Team. Kit was also able to stretch their public speaking and teaching skills as they facilitated training sessions for on-campus groups and provided mentorship to new volunteers in the program. Their passion for challenging the prevalence of sexual violence extended to their academic life as well, where they completed an undergraduate thesis on the Canadian criminal justice system and how it deals with sexual assault. In their previous position, Kit assisted folks in navigating income assistance services. Now as an Education Programme Coordinator, they are continuing to work with the volunteers to provide workshops to U of A students. Through their experiences, they have learned the importance of community support when working towards social change and they enjoy the connections they are able to make with other university groups and programs. Kit believes in the importance of safe spaces for dialogue and opportunities for learning and is thrilled to be able to provide this to the campus community. When not working Kit can be found reading fiction, learning new recipes, or hosting movie nights for their friends and family.

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Tatiana

Psychologist 

She/Her | PhD

Tatiana is a registered psychologist at the U of A Sexual Assault Centre, who first began her career in supporting others as a volunteer at the Centre many moons ago. Her volunteer and other work at the Centre instilled a passion for supporting survivors and trauma recovery, which she then pursued further through graduate training in counselling psychology and continues to pursue through ongoing professional trainings. She works within a feminist and integrative-framework, using trauma-recovery methods and therapies (such as EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, etc.) that best fit with the individual clients she works with. Her practice is informed by experiential, somatic,  motion-focused, cognitive behavioural, mindfulness, and sensorimotor techniques and therapies. She feels very privileged to get to work collaboratively with her clients on their recovery.


We value:
  • Spaces that recognize, respect, and honour the various intersection of being in an attempt to be safe(r) and more accessible to the people who occupy those intersections;
  • Centering the lived experiences of those who have endured sexual violence;
  • Unconditional, non-judgemental, non-directive support for survivors and their choices for recovery;
  • Self-advocacy;
  • Emotional expression in all its forms;
  • The contributions of all those engaged in anti-sexual violence activism before us, and all of those who will continue this work long after we are gone;
  • Community-driven prevention and education efforts;
  • The self-knowledge, resiliency, and tremendous capacity for change that students possess;
  • Creating environments that encourage and facilitate a commitment to continual learning, growth, and understanding;
  • Fostering sustainable, collaborative relationships throughout the community; and
  • Institutional, individual, and community accountability.