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Our Network

At CAEFS, we often refer to ‘our network’ to describe the different groups of people who we collaborate with on a day-to-day basis to accomplish our work.

  • NATIONAL OFFICE TEAM
    Name Position
    Brianna Bourassa Regional Coordinator, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut
    Darlene MacEachern Regional Coordinator, the Atlantic Provinces
    Emilie Coyle Executive Director
    Jackie Omstead Director, Operations and Engagement
    Johanne Wendy Bariteau Regional Coordinator, Ontario and Quebec
    Nyki Kish Director, Advocacy and Systems Change
    Ruchika Gothoskar Administrative Assistant
    Sarah Gelbard Housing Development Coordinator
    Sarah Mckeachnie
    Rural and Remote Capacity Development Coordinator
    Sheri Pranteau Advocacy Liaison
    Yoriko Susanj Regional Coordinator, British Columbia and the Prairie Provinces
  • BOARD

     

    Name Position Region
    Amelia Reimer Treasurer Atlantic
    Axelle Francois Board Member Quebec
    Cory Roslyn Secretary Ontario
    Diane Bergeron Board Member Quebec
    Jennifer Murphy Board Member Pacific
    Jillian Barrington  President
    Judy Murphy Board Member Atlantic
    Kelly Redmond Vice-President
    Patti Tait  Indigenous Women’s Representative
    Ruth Gagnon Board Member Quebec
    Toni Sinclair Board Member Prairies
  • MEMBERSHIP

    Our membership is comprised of 24 local member societies. These local societies are located across this land known as Canada and offer critical front-line services to their communities. Each organization is self-governing, with its own board of directors, executive director, staff, and volunteer team. Knowing that we are stronger and more effective when we work together, local societies collaborate on key issues, best practices, and funding proposals. Local societies become members of CAEFS through an in-depth application process and sustain their membership through engagement, reporting, and annual membership dues.

    Click here to find your local Elizabeth Fry Society

  • REGIONAL ADVOCATES

    CAEFS’ 5 regional advocacy teams monitor the conditions of confinement in the six federal prisons designated for women and two regional psychiatric centers, and advocate alongside the people incarcerated there.

    Regional Team Federal Prison Psychiatric Center
    Atlantic Nova Institution for Women None
    Quebec Joliette Institution for Women Philippe-Pinel National Institute of Legal Psychiatry
    Ontario Grand Valley Institution for Women None
    Prairies Edmonton Institutino for Women & Okimaw Ochi Healing Lodge Regional Psychiatric Center
    Pacific Fraser Valley Institution None

    Regional advocates are trained by, and accountable to, CAEFS. Our teams are comprised of staff and leadership from local member societies, and volunteers from the broader community. Regional advocates are an integral part of our advocacy work, which you can read more about here.

    See our 2020 / 2021 annual report for a list of our regional advocates.

  • REGIONAL COUNCILS

    Some local member societies have organized themselves into regional councils. The mandate of each council differs, but generally work to represent their local members and advocate for the issues impacting their communities on a provincial and regional level.

    Council of Elizabeth Fry Societies of Ontario (CEFSO)

    Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba Elizabeth Fry Societies (ASMEFS)

    Pacific Region Elizabeth Fry Societies (PREFS)

  • CRIMINALIZED WOMEN AND GENDER-DIVERSE PEOPLE

    CAEFS work is driven by and in collaboration with people who experience incarceration or are at risk of being incarcerated. Criminalized women and gender-diverse people are involved in our network in a number of different capacities, including as part of our national office team, board, advocates, and as executive directors of Local Elizabeth Fry Societies.