Introducing the Keynote Speaker Ashley Callingbull

Valerie Chalmers
Cassandra Muileboom
Micheline Khan
Maya Roy, CEO YWCA Canada


Tracy Duru
Sarah Jarvis
Tamara Jensen
Jolene Antle
Chantelle Mamone

Mental Health

Janice Arnoldi
Natalie Haig
Jennifer McCready
Brianna Schwenker


Chrissy Sadowski
Jennie Marlatt
Melanna Giannakis
Meg Broadbent


Elisabeth Zimmermann
Mishka Balsom
Debbie Zimmerman
Joyce Morroco
Ruth Unrau
Carol Stewart-Kirby
Shirley Cordiner

Aboriginal Community Justice

This workshop will discuss the major issues and barriers that Indigenous people face and speak to the Three Fires Community Justice Program. We will explore the History of Indigenous Justice. Working through the history of Pre-contact Indigenous justice with an emphasis of the role Indigenous women, also touching on major issues and barriers that Indigenous people face, such as the Indian act and residential school trauma. We will explain the role of Three Fires Community Justice Program in the community and the impact it is having on Indigenous persons in Niagara.  The Way Forward. We will explain the AJS (Aboriginal Justice Strategy) in Canada, including Gladue/Indigenous Courts, and how an Indigenous lead Justice movement in Canada can help Reconciliation.

Celeste Smith

Conquering Barriers to Success

This workshop will motivate women to change their lives from the inside out! Attendees will leave with a strong sense of self-worth, as well as tangible tools to grow both personally and professionally. #WatchMeDo was designed from real life experiences. Knowing that many women face challenges in business, financial restraints, racism, body image, and most of all self-worth, it’s now time to give women the tools they need to cast aside the notions of what women can and can’t do! Together attendees will dive deep into themselves, and find outstanding strength that will allow them to accomplish anything life brings.

Crystal D'Cunha

Decolonizing Language

This workshop is designed to shake up our use of everyday language. Language is a powerful tool, and can be used to fight and win battles. Language can keep situations professional while still navigating through patriarchy and heteronormative spaces. As we grow our spaces within institutions to become more inclusive, one must realize the strength and importance of their words. The attendees of the NLSW can take the lessons, ideas, and practices learned in this workshop into the home or work place, but it is our ultimate goal to provide people with the foundation to learn and choose language that gives them personal strength and autonomy away from colonial, hetero normative, white, Christian, and male-centered space.

Tegh Dhindsa
Jane Theriault-Norman

Disability Leadership

This workshop will demonstrate how everything from the language we use, to the way we view others, to whose voices are prioritized; are dictated by who we do and do not see as productive and desirable.  Participants will discuss the different models of disability and summarize how histories around disability diagnosis and mental health have both perpetuated and challenge the current ways we understand and engage disability. After recognizing this, there will be a range of discussions and activities related to complicating the idea of diagnosis. Potential topics will include the erasure of invisible disabilities and accessibility needs, why the identify of “disabled” is and isn’t claimed by people, why people choose to not identify, the intersectional barriers to accessing a diagnosis, the risks of incarceration with/without a diagnosis just to make it. This workshop not only introduces these topics, but gives space to discuss and deconstruct some of the ways in which ableism is prevalent in all spaces today.

Kerry Duncan
Hannah Monroe

Fair Trade

Led by two teachers with the District School Board of Niagara who spearheaded a campaign for their school to become “Ontario’s First Fair Trade School”, this workshop will discuss the growing social justice movement of Fair Trade as well as the process and barriers to becoming a designated Fair Trade School. Students who have been an active part of the campaign will share how their role as Fair Trade ambassadors in their community has benefited them. In addition, personal accounts from two Fair Trade producer visits in Thailand and Ecuador will highlight the impact that Fair Trade has on developing countries, particularly on the empowerment of women. Learn what it means to “vote with your dollar” and be a more socially conscious consumer!

Amber Minor
Jenn Vanderlaan

Race and Racism

This workshop will highlight how multi-racial centres of leadership are not only possible, but the ideal way to achieve racial equity in all our institutions. We will be exploring the very real and different barriers that are faced in so many institutions and spaces in Niagara based on our similar, yet racially different, socially constructed identities. We will include actual case studies and provide strategies and tools for how to combat overt and covert racism, micro-aggressions, and ignorance. These strategies will be directed toward empowering women of colour, while also equipping white women with knowledge and inspiration for how they can leverage their privileges to minimize barriers for women of colour.

Nyarai Kapisavanhu
Kim Radersma

Self Care for Care Givers

This workshop will address how to navigate and prioritize active self-care and self-leadership. Burnout. Extra hours. Saying ‘Yes’ to everything and everyone. So many of us engaged in support-based roles in our lives and in support-based professions are leaders in emotional labour – work that is often invisible, unknown, or undercompensated in the workforce. This is the work cis and trans women, people of colour, non-binary folks, queer folks, and anyone experiencing intersecting oppressions are doing within social situations, with families and friends, in activist work, and often in their professions. This workshop will be beneficial to attendees of NLSW who are engaged in support-based work and are looking for a space to have open discussions about the value of emotional labour, how to break down barriers surrounding how labour is respected and compensated in their lives and in their work, and how to navigate supporting ourselves while supporting others.

Laura Hughes

(Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

In this panel workshop we will be discussing how careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) have traditionally been underrepresented by women. Through the years, women have been both empowered and many times discouraged in their decisions to pursue STEM careers through many cultural and societal influences. In this panel, we will engage in conversation with women who have “Been there, and done that!” and hear stories of their perseverance to become successful STEM leaders and mentors. We will also hear from young women at the early stage of their STEM careers to understand what barriers they may face, so to understand better ways to overcome these barriers. The outcome of this panel, through hearing inter-generational experiences, will be to strategize around mentorship and advocacy to improve opportunities for women at the start of their STEM careers.

Amy Proulx
Beatrice Ombuki-Berman
Daniela Cortes
Lillian Culp

Success in a Male Dominated Industry

Attendees will be empowered to break the glass ceiling after discussing female leadership in a male-dominated industry. The presentation will provide a perspective on what an accelerated career path in a male-dominated industry looks like.  The impact of a two-career family, bringing up children, taking care of elderly parents and moving to a different part of the business all played a role in decisions and timing to “go for it”.  The presenter will share how she made an unconventional decision to move away from her family for 9 months to work in Timmins – rotations of this type are often done by male colleagues with positive benefits – so this required a different mindset from her family to support her development journey.

Jane Travers


Volunteering opens up many opportunities for women but also offers a variety of challenges. Participants will look at the reasons why women do and should volunteer. They will identify why they like to volunteer, determine what their goals are, what they are prepared to give and what they are expecting to get from the experience. Participants would also work to create a list of the strengths they feel they have to give and what they would like to develop in themselves through a volunteer experience. The session will end by discussing next steps — how to find and pursue the right volunteer opportunity.

Cindy Goldrick
Alaina Kelly
Madi Fuller
Susan Mifsud
Ruth Unrau
Robin McPherson
Tami Jeanneret
Clare Cameron