ABOUT US

We are an organization, a community, a small group of activists pushing each other to new understandings of the many facets of violence and its impact on learning. We believe “trauma-informed” is insufficient to capture the complexities, and that our reactions to violence are not illnesses, or disorders. They are simply human responses to violence necessary to survive, and eventually thrive. Individuals don’t need fixing, however society does. We resist colonial systems and conditioning, and embody creative approaches to effective and joyful learning.

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THE CORE TEAM

JENNY
HORSMAN

Dr. Jenny Horsman (she/her/they) is a community-based educational researcher. She is a white first-generation settler in Canada, a migrant from England,  by way of Sierra Leone where she spent nearly four years beginning to unlearn much she had been taught in England about...

HEATHER
LASH

Heather Lash has been involved in access/transitional education for most of her adult life, both in community-based programs and at Ontario colleges. For the past 9 years she has been a faculty member at George Brown College in Toronto, mainly with the Academic Upgrading...

NADINE SOOKERMANY

Nadine Sookermany (she/her) comes to this work as an educator, community activist, parent, partner and advocate for all things political (which is always personal). She is currently the Executive Director of Fife House Foundation the largest provider of supportive housing for...

SUSAN
TIIHONEN

Susan Tiihonen (she/her they/them) is a queer, disabled multidisciplinary artist, social justice activist and healing arts practitioner. They join the efforts of those who are working to bring about equity, equanimity and justice by using art to create social change. Their videos have been screened...