Meet Courage to Act’s Education Community of Learning

Written by: Jenn Flood, Education Lead at Possibility Seeds

I am so excited to profile these colleagues who I have had the privilege of learning with over the past four months in our Community of Learning (COL). The COL is a space for GBV campus educators to come together monthly for relaxed virtual conversations with peers across Canada to explore key themes from the Education & Training Toolkit: Chapter 6: A Workbook for GBV Educators. Each time we connect, I am blown away by these folks’ collective wisdom of campus GBV prevention education. I am humbled to share a space where we learn together, challenge each other, and plant seeds for future conversations. This work is hard, but each time I connect with this community, I am left full of hope and joy.

I have gotten to know each of these incredible change agents and felt that it’s time our community should too! Each of them are making big waves in the prevention education sector across the country, and we want to take a moment to showcase each member of this epic community. I hope you enjoy reading the profiles of our wonderful community of learning members as much as I do!

Meet the Community of Learning:

Dee Dooley (they/she)

Dee is a community advocate with expertise in gender-based violence prevention and education, and is currently the Sexual Violence Advisor at Saint Mary’s University in Kjipuktuk, Mi’kma’ki (Halifax). In this new role at SMU, Dee supports survivors, education, policy, and research for the SMU Community. For over a decade, Dee has worked with youth, community organizations, service providers, post-secondary institutions, and governments on various gender-based violence prevention, intervention, awareness, and response initiatives for and with women, youth, and 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. Dee holds degrees in sociology, gender studies, and criminology as well as an advanced diploma in counselling and advocacy. They are passionate about social justice and supporting communities to collectively work together to create a safer world. Dee was a recipient of the 2015 Governor General Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case and YWCA Canada’s 2018 Ann Mowat Outstanding Young Woman Award.

“I’ve appreciated the solidarity and connection built with other gender-based violence prevention and response advocates through the Courage to Act Educators Community of Learning and look forward to co-creating survivor-centered learning spaces across the country.

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