Margaret MacPherson

Community Research Associate


Margaret began working with the violence against women sector in 2003 while on contract with the provincial government in the Ontario Victim Services Secretariat. As the southwest regional grant supervisor, she was impressed by the high quality, innovative project work taking place under the leadership of community organizations and advocates across the region. At the same time, she was concerned by the lack of visibility and recognition successful projects received beyond the communities where they were implemented.

Believing that government has the infrastructure critical for promoting collaboration and facilitating the dissemination of promising approaches across regional, provincial and national boundaries, she convened the first meeting of the Southwest Region Violence against Women Coordinating Committee (SWRCC) in 2004. The SWRCC is comprised of eight local VAW Coordinating Committees that continue to meet and collaborate within their region. Recently, the SWRCC has led the development of a provincial network to increase opportunities for VAW Coordinating Committees to collaborate at the provincial level.

Since leaving government in 2009, Margaret has worked closely with CREVAWC as a consultant on a variety of social change initiatives including the development of the Make it Our Business domestic violence workplace training program; the adaptation of the Neighbours, Friends and Families (NFF) woman abuse campaign for a public education campaign about the abuse of older adults and cross-sector NFF training with the Muslim community. In June 2012, she completed a graduate diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo.