Media Advisory: London Hosts Second National Forum on Women and Homelessness

May 11, 2014 06:39 ET

LONDON, ONTARIO–( May 11, 2014) – Media are invited to attend the ALL OUR SISTERS 2014 NATIONAL FORUM: the Second National Forum on Housing and Safe Communities for Women in Canada. Through dialogue, research and lived experience, this Forum aims to promote security of housing and safe communities for all women in Canada. Attendees from across Canada, including women with lived experience, service providers, community members, policy makers, government officials, academics, and change agents will converge in London for three days of sharing, learning and collaborating.

Date: May 12 – 14, 2014
Location: London Convention Centre, 300 York Street, London, Ontario
Media highlights include:

Monday, May 12, 2014

Opening Panel: Susan Scott & Women with Lived Experience 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Our Sisters’ Voices: Realities of Homelessness
Expert women with lived experience of homelessness from coast to coast to coast share their stories. Moderated by Susan Scott, author of “All our Sisters”.
Plenary Address: Madeleine Redfern 11:30 – noon
Be the Change You Want to See!
Madeleine is from Iqaluit, Nunavut. She is a social advocate and business woman and was recently the Mayor and Executive Director of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Plenary Address: Angela Robertson 8:45 – 9:15 a.m.
Mobilization for Change! Actions and Practices for Responsiveness to the Issues.
Angela is recognized by Toronto NOW Magazine as one of the top 10 activists for social justice issues especially the Black, Queer and women’s communities, homelessness, poverty and marginalization.
Panel: Angela Robertson & Women with Lived Experience 9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Our Sisters’ Voices, Understanding More of Our Sisters’ Stories
Expert Women with Lived Experience of Homelessness from Coast to Coast to Coast.
Moderated by Angela Robertson
Plenary Address: Alex Abramovich 1:15 – 1:45 p.m.
A Digital Storytelling Film Project
Alex Abramovich is currently working to make change in Toronto’s shelter system in order for it to become safe, accessible and supportive of LGBTQ youth.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Plenary Address: JUDY REBICK 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Call to Action!
Judy Rebick is as well-known feminist, social justice activist, journalist, writer, educator and speaker. As the founder publisher of, she is currently on the Q media panel for CBC radio. Her latest book is Occupy This!, a Penquin special E-book.
Panel: Judy Rebick, Alex Abramovich, Julie White, Lillian Allen, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Ann Decter, Eva Kratochvil
Momentum for Making Change!
Eva Kratochvil – woman of lived experience, residential counselor at Hiatus House
Judy Rebick – see above
Alex Abramovich – see above
Julie White – Director of Unifor Women’s Department, feminist labour leader and outspoken advocate on the tragic need to eradicate violence against women
Lillian Allen – grassroots artist, cultural activist and university professor
Ann Decter – YWCA Canada’s Director of Advocacy and Public Policy
RALLY: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Taking it to the Street – on the street rally and press conference
We are taking action right here and right now as All Our Sisters join hands to call attention to the need for Action on the issue of housing and safe communities for women from coast to coast to coast. This is our opportunity to get our message out there and report the demands in the “Call to Action”.

Speakers will be available for interviews following the sessions.



CALL TO ACTION: available by request from

Contact Information

Shelley Yeo
Co-Chair, All Our Sisters 2014 National Forum

Susan Scott
Author, All Our Sisters
403-283-1122 (phone)

Ann Decter
Director of Advocacy and Public Policy
YWCA Canada-A Turning Point for Women

Heather Reid
Innovative Conferences & Communications
519-652-0364 (phone)
519-318-5194 (cell)


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