Women's March Canada Team
The mission of Women’s March Canada is to inspire, unite and lead the charge for the advancement of women across Canada.
Sara Bingham, Executive Director
Sara Bingham, based out of Waterloo, Ontario, got on a bus and marched in the Women's March on Washington on January 21, 2017. She is a biracial woman who grew up in northern Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Arts (psychology) from Carleton University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (linguistics) from the University of Ottawa. Sara is a mother, therapist, entrepreneur, author and now activist.
Sara has called herself a feminist her entire life and found her place in the social justice world while studying psychology at Carleton University. One, let's call it "enlightening", semester of courses at Carleton included: psychology of women, women in modern christian traditions and psychology of black women. Sara has been a chapter leader for Lean In since 2015 and a chapter leader for Hacking Health since 2016.
Our Board of Directors
Meet and join our Board of Directors. Please note we are accepting applications to the Women's March Canada's Board of Directors.
Sharan Aulakh (Vancouver, British Columbia)
I am currently a first-year Master of Public Health student at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science. As a passionate feminist and advocate for women's rights, I hope to research and work within the interdisciplinary field of women's health. My personal experiences as a second-generation immigrant woman of colour as well as my volunteer and academic experiences have fostered an understanding of the importance of intersectional and inclusive feminist activism. I look forward to making meaningful contributions to the advancement of women as well as learning and growing as an activist through my involvement with the Women's March Canada team.
I want to be involved with the Women's March Canada team because I am very passionate about the rights and liberties of women in my country, Canada. As an immigrant, and a Muslim woman of colour, I have come to recognize the way Canada grants rights not afforded to others, but still, acknowledge the way our activism has to be as inclusive and as intersectional as the Canadians we serve to advocate for. I feel like I have a lot to offer. I am outspoken, compassionate, and ambitious in my goal of bettering every situation I can. I am eager to learn from new experiences and consider myself grateful to have opportunities to connect with the stories of other talented courageous women and gender non-conforming individuals.
Michelle Brewer (Edmonton, Alberta)
A feminist scholar and activist, Michelle Brewer marched in the Women's March on Washington on January 21, 2017 and was a key organizer of the sister Women's March rally that was in Edmonton, Alberta. She holds a Bachelor of Arts at University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta with a major in Philosophy and minor in Psychology and a Master of Philosophy (summa cum laude) at Trinity College Dublin’s Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies. Michelle is a counsellor, philosopher, professor and a Ph.D. candidate at Universität-Potsdam in Berlin, Germany. As a Métis converted Jew and philosopher, Michelle has a wide knowledge and respect of different faith beliefs or non-beliefs.
Cynthia Fortlage (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
At the Women's March on January 2017 in Winnipeg I was privileged to be able to experience sharing a few words with the crowd of 3,000 that gathered. As a transgender woman , who at that time was living as my authentic self for less than a year, I treasured any organization that respects me as the woman I have always been. Currently, I am the Vice President of Information Technology (CIO) with over 30 years of experience in the IT industry, and an executive team member at a privately held international trade experts and consulting firm. In am also the founder of Cynthia Fortlage, Inc a career coaching and mentorship service with emphasis on women and LBGT+ persons in business.
Catherine Butler (Ottawa, Ontario)
As an organizer of the Women's March in Ottawa in 2016, I am a nurse, a mom, an activist and revolutionary at heart. Women and men marched in Ottawa, and around the world, to raise awareness for human rights and that we have to be proactive in our own country. The US election showed that a country can always be one election away from a drastic shift.
Mary Oko (Toronto, Ontario)
My involvement in Women's March Canada comes from a drive to help in speaking out, promoting and highlighting the value and incredible talent of women and those who do not have a voice within our communities. We can achieve more with a diverse and inclusive group of people.
Melissa Durrell (Waterloo, Ontario)
I'm an insatiably curious news junkie, feminist, civic leader, and political work. As one of Canada’s few female pitch coaches, I am known for my own unique storytelling skills; honed at my former career as an award-winning broadcast journalist. I’m glad we’re having the conversation now. It's time to tell Canadian women's stories - to actually look around, say what’s going on and make change happen.
We are recruiting board members
We are accepting applications to the Women's March Canada's Board of Directors.
- If you are interested in being involved in a feminist action-oriented organization in Canada;
- if you want to believe in the work that we do, our vision and values as explained in a unifying framework called H.E.R.S.
- if you want to foster a violence-free society;
- if you marched in the 2017 and/or 2018 Women's March;
- if you want to give your time and expertise to improve your community;
then JOIN US.
To become a donor click here: donate to Women's March Canada
If you’re interested in being on our Board click here for the Board of Directors Application Form.
If you want to volunteer on our Board, please fill in and submit the Board of Directors form, and one of our members will contact you.
What is expected of board members?
Eligible members and potential Directors are people interested in supporting our mission.
- To be eligible to be on the Board of Directors you must be a donor in good standing with Women's March Canada.
- The Directors meet approximately 10 times a year
- As a Director, you would also be a member of a standing committee such as:
- Communications and PR
- Contract and Audit
- Human Resources
- Membership and Recruitment
- Resource development
Appointments are for two-year terms— re-appointable for a maximum of six consecutive years. All members must sign a confidentiality agreement as well as a conflict of interest agreement. For further information about applying to the board, you can contact: firstname.lastname@example.org