Board of Directors


Rachel Mahoney

Rachel Mahoney is a seasoned marketing and communications professional, with over 15 years of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors.  She has worked on countless communications strategies and products, complex and national in scope, and has vast experience in strategic and crisis communications, as well as in event management and in media relations. She is also a facilitator and speaker both professionally, and as a volunteer. Rachel received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French and English from the University of Guelph. She also obtained a post-graduate certificate in Public Relations from Humber College in Toronto. With a commitment to continuous learning, Rachel most recently attended the Sprott School of Business for a Social Media and e-Marketing Certificate. As an active volunteer from a young age, Rachel has been fortunate to volunteer with a number of organizations in both Toronto and Ottawa, and is pleased to continue in this capacity with the Board.

Julie Daoust, Legal Counsel/Avocate

Julie is lawyer who graduated in 2000 from the Faculty of Law at McGill University. Julie was previously on the Board of Directors of the McGill Legal Information Clinic in Montreal and the Sunflower Cooperative Day Nursery in Ottawa. Julie has been on the Board of Directors of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa since 2013. She is particularly interested in the mission of the Elizabeth Fry Society, which stems from her undergraduate studies in criminology at the University of Ottawa. In her current career as a lawyer with the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa, Julie is confronted with the challenges faced by at-risk women and their children such as poverty, unstable housing, discrimination, violence and addictions. Julie strives to have a solid understanding of the justice system while maintaining awareness of the systematic reasons for criminalization.

Takayi Chibanda

Takayi is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA from Queens University. She has 18 years’ experience in accounting, auditing and finance. Her management experience focused on financial management, institutional development, corporate financial reporting and new business development. She has team leadership experience in Financial Planning and Analysis, corporate financial reporting and general administration. She is IFRS and PROSCI change management certified. She is also bilingual in English and French.

Diana Majury


Diana is a professor in the Law Department at Carleton University. Her areas of research, teaching and activism include human rights, equality theory and practice, criminal law, violence against women and women’s health. She has worked extensively with the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)and with the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) since they began. She is formerly a member of the Women’s Court of Canada and a member of the Content Advisory Committee for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Michael-Ann Lake, CMA


Michael-Ann obtained her certification as a Certified Management Account in 2007. She has worked in public and private organizations, both for-profit and not-for-profit. Although currently employed as the Corporate Controller for a high-tech company, she has a special interest in the not-for-profit sector and women's issues.


Samantha Robinson


Samantha is a lawyer at the firm Addelman Baum Gilbert LLP where she practices primarily in the area of criminal defence. Samantha's passion for social justice began while studying for her undergraduate degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Carleton University. She graduated from the University of Ottawa Common Law Program in 2012 and has been defending individuals in conflict with the justice system since that time. Samantha has previous board and volunteer experience with Ottawa area addiction counselling centres and other local non-profits.

Allison Dixon


Allison brings to the ESFO Board of Directors more than 18 years’ experience with the federal public service in strategic planning and program and policy development in areas of employment, heath, and agriculture. She is an award winning leader with a proven track record for team leadership, strong strategic planning and partnership building skills, proficiency in project management, and in providing advice and guidance on complex issues. Allison has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with a double major in Geography and Political Science from Carleton University, an Honours Bachelor of Social Work (HBSW) from Lakehead University, and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Carleton University. Her interest on the Board of ESFO lies in the area of Business Development.


Hanya Soliman


Hanya is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a double-concentration in Social Justice and International Law. She also completed her masters in legal studies at Carleton University. She previously worked with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, completing three major special education program reviews. She also served as a member of the executive committee for the Maison d’Amitié, a francophone shelter for women who are victims of violence and their children. Hanya joined the Department of National Defence in 2001 and since 2008 has managed the Release and Disclosure Coordination Office. She received a DND commendation for her work with the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. She also earned the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service in 2014. As a legal advisor for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (2007-2008), she accompanied Canadian delegations to conferences and working groups focused on corruption held by the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation. In 2015 she participated in the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.


Bryonie Baxter

Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa Executive Director

Bryonie graduated from The University of Toronto in 1988 with a B.A. Specialist in English and Minor in Political Science. The following year she obtained her B.Ed. in Intermediate/Senior English and History. For twenty years she worked as an educator in five different schools with the Peel District School Board, including positions as Vice-Principal, Secondary for two schools and I.B. Coordinator in one high school. During this time she completed Honours Specialists in English and Contemporary Studies as well as Primary Division certification and Ontario Principals’ Council Principals’ Qualifications parts 1 and 2. She co-authored The Future We Want: Building Inclusive Schools and is also the author of a number of teaching articles, including Shakespearean Gender Bending for the OSSTF Curriculum pullout in The Forum magazine. Bryonie moved to the Ottawa area in March 2008 and began working for The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa in July 2008. As well as being Executive Director of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa, she is also a Federal Advocate for the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies and President of the Council of Elizabeth Fry Societies of Ontario. In April 2010 Bryonie was the proud recipient of a Province of Ontario Leading Women, Building Communities Award recognizing her “exceptional community leadership to improve the lives of women and girls in Ontario”.