TWHLS is led by Indigenous women, informed by women with lived experience, and supported by a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies.

Patti Pettigrew

Founder + Executive Director

Former Gladue writer and an advocate for vulnerable Indigenous women for over forty years, Patti is a member of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation in North-Eastern Ontario.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Pamela Hart

Co-President

Executive Director of Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto, Pam is from the Chippewas nation of Georgina Island located on Lake Simcoe

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Kelly Potvin

Co-President

Executive Director of Elizabeth Fry Society Toronto, Kelly is of Metis and Mohawk ancestry from Akwesasne and Northern Quebec

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Andrea Chrisjohn

Advisor

Board Designate of Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre and a respected leader in the Indigenous community, Andrea is from Onya:ta’ka First Nation, located near London, Ontario.

Peggy Pitawanakwat

Treasurer

First Peoples @ Seneca College

Somar Johnston

Secretary

Land Protector

Laureen Blu Waters

Director

Elder, Seneca College

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Jeffery Schiffer

Director

Native Child and Family Services

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PROGRAM SERVICES TEAM

To be announced

Outreach Support Worker

To be announced

Outreach Support Worker

DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Susan Speigel

Susan Speigel Architect

Eladia Smoke

Smoke Architecture

Mark Lowe

Susan Speigel Architect

To be announced

Bookkeeper

To be announced

Consultant

Claire Brewster

Consultant

Renee Beneteau

Volunteer Fundraiser

Sarah Yankoo

Website

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Dan Adams

VP Indigenous Banking BMO

Sean Murphy

Relationship Manager BMO