Community Research Associates

Mohammed Baobaid

Mohammed-Baobaid.pngMohammed Baobaid earned his doctoral degree from the institute of Psychology at the University of Erlangen Nurnberg in Germany. He is the founder of the Muslim Family Safety Project that addresses Domestic Violence in the Muslim community of London Ontario Canada. Dr. Baobaid is currently the executive Director of the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration in Canada and working on some innovative projects.

He is also a research associate at the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children at the Western University. His research areas include cross-cultural perspectives on preventing domestic violence in Immigrant Communities; In addition, he has trained mainstream service providers about working with families coming from collectivist societies who have expressed violence in their families. In 2009, 2010 and 2011, he was named one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world. Dr. Baobaid was the second recipient of Every Day Hero Award of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children at the Western University, London, Ontario Canada. He was also the 2011 John Robinson Award recipient and one of the recipients of the 2012 Attorney General's Victim Services Awards of Distinction.

Vicky Smallman

vicky smallman webVicky Smallman is the National Director of Women's and Human Rights for the Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, representing 3.3 million Canadian workers. A long-time activist on women's and equality issues, Vicky spent more than a decade in the academic labour movement, working primarily with contract academic staff before joining the CLC in 2010.  In her capacity at the CLC, Vicky leads a team responsible for policy, campaigns and advocacy on a range of human rights issues impacting women and other equity-seeking groups.  Vicky helped develop the ground-breaking 2014 survey on Domestic Violence in the Workplace and leads the CLC’s advocacy for better legislation and workplace supports for workers experiencing domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence and harassment in the world of work.   

Mandy Bonisteel

Mandy-Bonisteel.jpgMandy Bonisteel has worked as an anti-violence advocate, consultant and therapist for over 20 years. She has worked with both survivors and perpetrators of violence. Her international work includes: trauma support and community development training with women in Kosovo; NGO capacity building and Family Medicine Nursing curriculum development in Bosnia and Herzegovina; training and curriculum recommendations for nurses and social workers in Namibia involved in anti-violence work; consultancy regarding governmental reform (CEDAW) implementation in Azerbaijan and; participatory gender research presentations at the Association for Women in Development in Mexico. This paper "Measuring Empowerment - The Application of an Empowerment Model to Nursing Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina" is available here.

In Ontario, she authored the Ontario CAS/VAW Collaborative Curriculum for workers supporting children who have witnessed women abuse, developed the Respect-At-Work training materials for CRVAW and delivers curriculum design training to educators. Mandy coordinates the Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate Program at George Brown College, a unique combination of feminist counselling and social justice courses that combine the skills of support and activism needed to advocate for women, their children, and their communities. Mandy teaches on-line as well as in the classroom and has considerable experience working in diverse environments as well as with diverse learning communities with varying needs. Mandy is a recipient of the Ontario Medal of Citizenship.

Jacquie Carr

Jacquie-Carr.jpgJacquie Carr is a proponent for social, legal, economic and political equality for all persons and to that end engages in her work. Jacquie brings the focus and wisdom gained during her 7 years of diverse experience in her roles as advocate, researcher, educator, and facilitator to the field of sexual harassment prevention.

Jacquie is a certified trainer for the Respect at Work training approach and contributed to the development of the package.

Jacquie has experienced the privilege of sharing the work of valuable projects in the arena of sexual harassment including serving as a member of the coordinating committee and presenter for an innovative, cross sectoral conference, contributor to a video and accompanying discussion guide, promotion of same.

One of Jacquie’s most recent accomplishments as a research team member is the publication of “Workplace Harassment and Violence”, a participatory action research report identifying the range of women’s experience of harassment and violence in the workplace and the resulting harm.

Sly Castaldi

Sly-Castaldi.pngSly Castaldi is the Executive Director of Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis and has been involved in the anti-violence sector for 29 years. Sly has served as President of the Board of Directors and Founding Member of the Legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington County, Chair and Founding Member of the Guelph-Wellington Action Committee on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, Chair and Founder of the Safe City Committee, and Executive Member of the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centers. Sly was also a Member of the Board of Directors of Victim Services Wellington and a Founding Member of the Sexual Assault Care and Treatment Program at the Guelph General Hospital. 

She was appointed to the Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues Domestic Violence Advisory Council (2007-2009). Sly was the recipient of the Women of Distinction award in the category of Public Service, 2010 and also served as Honorary Chair of Women of Distinction in 2011. More recently she was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal on June 25th, 2012 and was appointed Co-Chair of the Premier’s Roundtable on Violence Against Women from 2015 to Feb. 2018. Sly was also a recipient of the Community Award from Crime Prevention Ontario.

Pamela Cross

Pamela-Cross.pngPamela Cross is a feminist lawyer who works on the issue of violence against women and the law. She is the Legal Director of Luke’s Place in Durham Region and works with women’s anti-violence organizations across the province, including the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, the National Association of Women and the Law and the Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County.

Her research addresses such topics as:

Pamela is a frequent speaker at national conferences and blogs regularly on issues related to women’s equality, violence against women and social justice at

Tim Kelly

Tim-Kelly.pngTim Kelly is the Executive Director of Changing Ways , a program for men who abuse women in London and Middlesex County, Chatham/Kent County and St. Thomas/Elgin County. He has spoken nationally and internationally on issues related to violence against women and children and community collaborations.

His interest has recently turned in two directions, the first is to expanding the scope of community collaboration and has been working on a Provincial initiative, Neighbours, Friends and Families, a project that provides woman abuse information, training and support to neighbours, friends and families who live with and support abused women. Secondly, his clinical direction has turned to working with maltreating fathers in partnership with the university, the justice system, woman's advocates and children's advocates to develop and implement Caring Dad's: Helping father value their children, an intervention program with fathers who abuse their children or have exposed their children to woman abuse.

Tracey Foreman

Tracey-Foreman.pngTracey Foreman, BSW, MSW, RSW is a clinical social worker with over 30 years of professional experience in human service, community and government criminal justice milieus.

As a private, community and government practitioner, Tracey has provided direct and indirect service to individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. Her areas of specialization include diverse human justice and the law, public safety and offender accountability practice issues, victims and perpetrators of violence against women and children, mental health, addiction, crisis and trauma response, the management of police stress syndromes and the development and delivery of multidisciplinary professional training.

Tracey joined the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services in 1990, serving in several clinical roles before advancing to the position of Deputy Superintendent at the maximum security Sarnia Jail. She has been appointed to a wide variety of management assignments at regional and corporate levels, including postings with the Office of the Assistant Deputy Minister, Adult Community Corrections.

Since 2005, Tracey has led the Ontario Correctional Services response to the government’s Domestic Violence Action Plan, and currently serves as Domestic Violence InterMinisterial Coordinator, providing advice and consultation, direct service, professional development training and interministerial, intergovernmental and public representation of Corrections. In recognition of her service to law enforcement in Canada, she is a recipient of the Corrections Exemplary Service Medal.

Ray Hughes

Ra HughesRay Hughes has over 30 years of experience in education as a teacher, Department Head, University Lecturer, and Consultant. He was most recently the National Education Coordinator for the Fourth R where he coordinated the implementation of the Fourth R in collaboration with partners and school boards.

Previously, Ray was involved in coordinating the implementation of violence prevention programs for 190 schools and 80,000 students in his position as the Learning Coordinator for Violence Prevention with the Thames Valley District School Board in London, Ontario. He was also a member of the Ontario Safe Schools Action Team, whose mandate was to draw on best practices from across Ontario and to advise the Minister of Education on all aspects of school safety. Ray continues to provide regular professional development to superintendents, school administrators, teachers, parents, and students on violence prevention and safe schools initiatives. He has developed and implemented school-based programs related to substance abuse, domestic violence, gender equity, dating violence, human sexuality, interpersonal violence, conflict resolution, and bullying prevention. Ray has also developed a safe schools course for teacher candidates in Faculties of Education.

Ray received his Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (B.P.H.E.) from the University of Toronto, and his B.Ed. (Physical Education and Science) and M.Ed. (Curriculum) from Western University.

Joy Lang

Joy Lang was the founding Director of the Chatham Kent Women's Centre Inc. and worked there for 21 years (1979-2000). She was actively involved in enhancing services and training related to woman abuse in her county and across the province of Ontario. Joy was a founding Director of the Chatham-Kent County Task Force on Family Violence and the Chatham-Kent County Child Abuse Co-ordinating Committee. She has continued to be involved in the areas of woman abuse, sexual harassment, homelessness and domestic violence through her participation in research and clinical services at The Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System of the London Family Court Clinic, The Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children at Western University, the London Homeless Coalition and The London Co-ordinating Committee to End Woman Abuse.

Jen MacGregor

Jen-MacGregor.pngJen MacGregor is a Senior Research Associate in the the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at Western University. She is a member of the Domestic Violence at Work Network (DV@Work) and was a lead researcher on the first Canadian national study on the impacts of domestic violence on the workplace. Currently her work focuses on health and social service sector responses to family violence.

Margaret MacPherson

Margaret-MacPherson.pngMargaret MacPherson has worked as a freelance public servant since leaving government in 2009. She has been involved with and led anti-violence initiatives and social change projects for over thirty years. Margaret convenes the Southwest Region Violence Against Women Coordinating Table (SWRCC) and the Building A Bigger Wave Ontario Network for VAW Coordinating Committees. 

Margaret works closely with CREVAWC on a number of initiatives including the Make It Our Business workplace domestic violence program and the adaptation of Neighbours, Friends and Families (NFF) as a national campaign on abuse of older adults called It’s Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults.

Maureen Reid

Maureen_Reid.jpgMaureen Reid retired after 32 years of working in child protection where she oversaw a unit of forty, front-line child protection workers with specializations in the areas of sexual abuse and domestic violence. During her career, Maureen developed a treatment program for families where sexual abuse has been verified.  It offered individual, group and family therapy for child victims, non-implicated parents, fathers who had sexually offended and adolescents who had offended while in a caretaking or sibling role.  She co-facilitated therapy groups as well as consulted on hundreds of cases over the twenty-five years the program was operating.

Maureen also co-authored and implemented an interagency community protocol for responding to infants living in high-risk environments.  This protocol has been adapted in several communities in Ontario.  In 2010, Maureen authored and chaired an interagency committee to implement a community protocol for managing high-risk domestic violence cases.  She chaired over forty, high-risk domestic violence safety planning conferences that included the woman, her supports and representatives from the Criminal Justice and Violence Against Women sectors coming together to develop coordinated safety plans and risk management strategies. Currently she consults and provides clinical debriefing to staff group and professionals working with victims of violence.

Deborah Sinclair

Deborah-Sinclair.jpgDeborah Sinclair is a social worker in independent practice in Toronto, ON. Throughout her career in human rights, public health prevention, and social justice work, Deborah has worked in many different capacities—as clinician, writer, speaker, trainer, researcher, policy advisor and expert witness. She currently has a clinical practice in Toronto, Ontario specializing in work with trauma survivors and their families as well as professionals and advocates who suffer the effects of complex PTSD/VT/Burnout.

 In January 2003, she was appointed to the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee (DVDRC), an expert advisory committee of the Ontario Chief Coroner’s office.  The DVDRC is Canada’s first death review committee and has served as a model for other provinces to encourage the development of a national strategy to end intimate femicide.

She has served as an expert witness in more than fifty court cases.

From 2013 to 2014, Deborah served as a resource person for the National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada. She currently sits on the advisory board of the Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking.

Deborah is the YWCA 2010 Woman of Distinction for Social Justice and is currently a PhD candidate at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.

Ashley Sisco-Savage

Ashley-Sisco-Savage.pngDr. Ashley Sisco is an academic and researcher specializing in Community-Based Partnership Research with Indigenous communities in Canada and Australia. Ashley is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Western University’s Faculty of Education, investigating the process and outcomes of the development of an Indigenous research centre at Western in partnership with the First Nations with Schools Collective (FNWSC), a group of eight First nations across Ontario.

Ashley has a Ph.D. in Education (cross Faculty with Law and Indigenous Studies) with the University of Wollongong in Australia. She was the recipient of the 2015 School of Education Outstanding Thesis Award for her thesis, a community-based partnership research project with the Carcross/Tagish First Nation in the Yukon and the Narungga community of Point Pearce in South Australia on applying an Indigenous relational framework to consultations. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Canadian Studies (Indigenous and Northern Studies Stream) from Carleton University and an Honors Specialization Anthropology Degree from Western University for both of which she spent significant time working with Inuit communities in Nunavut.

As a professional Research Consultant through her firm, Sisco & Associates Consulting Services Inc., Ashley also works with Indigenous communities across Canada to support them in achieving their goals. For more information, please visit: