The AWCCA Faculty
Mandy Bonisteel has worked as an advocate, activist, consultant and therapist in the anti-violence
movement for over 20 years with a primary focus on adult survivors of child sexual abuse.
She has worked with both survivors and perpetrators of violence and has created numerous
anti-violence training programs for police, child welfare, and various community groups.
She has also worked on a variety of international projects in Bosnia, Kosovo, Namibia,
Azerbaijan, Mexico, India and Samoa. She is the Board Chair of the Griffin Centre in
Toronto, an agency serving high needs youth, and she is a Community Research Associate
with the Centre for Research on Violence Against Women in London Ontario. Mandy is a
recipient of the Ontario Medal of Citizenship.
Marilyn Oladimeji is a graduate off the AWCCA program who has also been teaching in the
program for the past 11 years. Marilyn has been active in the anti-violence movement as a
counselor, advocate and community activist. She has taught courses on group facilitation,
cross-cultural communication, the psychology of women, and feminist action and community
development. Marilyn is the president of the Provincial Coalition of Sexual Assault/ Rape
Marilyn McLean has been active in anti-violence activism and sexual violence support work
since the early 1980's. Marilyn works in a feminist rape crisis centre and has taught in
the AWCCA program since 1994. Courses taught have included; group leadership and
facilitation, feminist theory and activism, as well as anti-oppression theory and practice.
Marilyn is also involved in research on how feminist collectives develop anti-racism and
other anti-oppression policies and practices.
Anna Willats has been questioning authority and confronting the abuse of power since she
was teenager in Milton, Ontario. She has a long history in the women's anti-violence
community in Toronto and is the proud lesbian mom of two teenagers. She is also self-employed
as a consultant and educator. In 2006 she was named Toronto's Best Activist by Now
Magazine. Teaching in the AWCCA since 2000, her current work includes an anti-oppression
course, co-developed with PARC (Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre). The program was
awarded a human rights award by the city last year. Anna also manages the weekly email
newsletter, Rise Up!
Carol Nicholson is a 1998 graduate of the AWCCA program. For the past three years, she has
been working in the working with women and children involved in the Criminal Justice
System at the Victim/Witness Assistance Program. As a part-time professor she brings her
work experience to the classroom.
Dahlia Nicholson is a graduate of the AWCCA program. She has worked with the domestic
violence program developed by the woman Abuse council of Toronto and is currently working
with ANS to develop a youth transitional housing project. Dahlia believes that the
transmission of knowledge is important in working with women surviving violence, she
teaches several courses in the program.
Nadine Sookermany is a community literacy worker and works from a community-based
holistic, critical and social perspective at Parkdale Project Read in Toronto. This
approach to literacy fits with her work in the community on various boards of directors,
and advisory committees relating to research and programming. Nadine has worked as an
English as a Foreign Language instructor in various countries including Taiwan, Turkey,
Israel, France, Hungary and Italy and has also worked as a front line counsellor in the
violence against women sector. She is presently working towards her Masters of Education
at OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) at the University of Toronto.
Margaret Alexander has been an anti-violence activist, advocate, and educator for almost 18 years. Her
experience includes frontline shelter and rape crisis centre work as well as active
membership in several coalitions that seek to end violence against women through social
policy change — including: OAITH (Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses)
and OCRCC (Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres). Margaret has developed a number of Feminist anti-oppression,
anti-violence training intiatives and published several policy and training manuals. She also participated
in the production of five training films for feminist, anti-violence workers including:
Safe for All and For Her Own Good: Emotional Resiliency after Abuse.
Chris Rahim has a background in Women's Studies, Counselling, and Community Development.
Chris has been active in the anti-violence movement, prison abolitionist groups and anti-oppression
education for the past 20 years. She has worked in women's centers/shelters with women and
young people exiting the prison and psychiatric systems.
Simone Hammond has taught in the AWCCA Program for the last 7 years. She teaches courses
such as Introduction to Feminist Counselling, Group Process, and Field Seminar. She is
delighted to have the opportunity to educate and mentor women who are about to enter into
the field of providing community-based social services with a focus on the prevention of
violence against women and children. Simone brings over 25 years of experience as a
counsellor, front-line worker and administrator working with women who have experienced
violence. Whether the situation involves program and policy development, advocacy and
community relations, management/supervision, or finances and fundraising, Simone thrives
on the challenge of delivering services that make a meaningful difference within our