Mackenzie’s passion for working with survivors comes from her lived experience as a survivor of sex trafficking. When she first exited and was looking for services, she was disheartened to find that Ontario had very little services available to her, and the services that were available had lengthy waiting lists. She started F.L.O.W Drop in to fill the missing gaps, hoping to provide the support services that she herself wished she could have accessed when she needed help. Mackenzie has held several professional and volunteer positions in the social services sector and she is excited to continue her journey working with survivors and advocating for change.
Christie fell in love with nonprofits when she was a teenager. Inspired by Amnesty International coming into her high school, Christie quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work, and since that time has been involved in the front line of many not for profit organizations, especially focusing on those with women-centred missions. Christie has served on the Board of Directors for PACE and Beauty Night Society, and is excited to be working and growing with F.L.O.W.!
Sarah is a dedicated community leader whose passion for social justice has been recognized and rewarded. Sarah’s experiences working on the front-line for various not-for-profits inspired her to go to law school. While completing her studies, she wrote multiple legal papers that examine Canada’s human trafficking laws and provided research assistance to national organizations committed to initiating system change to end human trafficking. Her work was used to present recommendations at meetings of municipal council and helped develop an anti-sex-trafficking marketing campaign directed to minors. Sarah is eager to use her skills to contribute to the success of F.L.O.W and is honoured to serve on its Board of Directors!
Jasminder Sekhon is a specialist in gendered violence and human trafficking prevention through an intersectional, sex-positive, and trauma-informed lens. She is a graduate of the University of Oxford's MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice and has an HBA in Political Science and Criminology from the University of Toronto. Jasminder is a strong advocate for labour and human rights and is the Human Trafficking Prevention Facilitator at Victim Services of Durham Region, as well as a Professor at Sault College. She has extensive experience leading and assisting research and policy analysis, through work experience at Blue J Legal, the Ministry of Attorney General, and Community Legal Education Ontario, to name a few.
Julia is passionate about gender equality. She has researched and written extensively on international policies advancing gender equality, including preventing sexual and gender-based violence. She has authored several publications, including: Achieving Gender Equality through G7 and G20 Governance, contributed to multiple international research projects, and presented at international fora on how to improve accountability with international commitments. She is committed to the vision of F.L.O.W. Drop-in and is keen to work collectively to achieve its goals.