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Membership Engagement and Capacity Building

As a member-driven association, CAEFS works closely with our member societies to share resources and knowledge, build partnerships, develop sustainable funding models, and convene on key advocacy issues. Current activities include, but are not limited to:

  • A monthly “Learning Exchange” that brings together local Elizabeth Fry staff and volunteers from across the country to discuss source material that speaks to prevalent issues facing criminalized women and gender-diverse people. These exchanges create space for our membership to brainstorm how we can use our shared knowledge to address these issues while doing our work more equitably and thoughtfully.
  • Bi-monthly meetings for the Executive Directors (EDs) of local Elizabeth Fry Societies. These meetings enable EDs to share best-practices, collaborate, and discuss key issues. As needed, CAEFS also hires external facilitators who offer critical resourcing for EDs to then share with their teams.
  • Helping our membership to do their work more effectively and sustainably through research and collaboration on joint funding proposals and the preparation of briefs to government that represent our shared interests.
  • Internal events and trainings for our membership, often relating to the key advocacy issues we are working on at the national office. In the past, these trainings have included 2SLGBTQIA+ Inclusion, in partnership with The 519; From Knowing to Doing: Working with Indigenous Partners to End the Criminalization of Indigenous Women, Trans, Non-Binary, and Two Spirit People, with speakers from Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, National Association of Friendship Centers, Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak, and Ontario Aboriginal HIV AIDS Strategy; and Healing Through Burnout, developed and facilitated by Forouz Salari. These workshops and events are often accompanied with “primers” and /or internal memos to support the implementation of lessons learned.