Sarah has been supporting vulnerable populations – primarily women that are at risk or are involved in the criminal justice system – for over 15 years. Sarah is returning “home” to E Fry Ottawa. After completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology at Carleton University, Sarah became a staff member at E Fry Ottawa’s JF Norwood House. Sarah also has a College Diploma in Correctional Work.
With considerable experience as a front-line staff person and in progressively more senior roles with various social justice and social service organizations across Ontario, Sarah has developed a keen understanding of and commitment to vulnerable individuals’ difficulties, as well as a solid knowledge of how racism, ageism, classism, sexism, homophobia, trauma, addiction, mental health, criminalization, violence against women and transgender issues impact marginalized people. Her experience includes work with communities that tackle multiple barriers such as poverty, discrimination, and criminalization, lack of health care and lack of housing.
Sarah is also an active member of the Executive Committee of the Ontario Community Justice Association. Through OCJA and other organizations, Sarah has participated in public education and advocacy, from supporting individuals at Federal Parole Hearings to delivering lectures in university classrooms. She implemented the first-ever Institutional in-reach program by an Elizabeth Fry Society at Lindsay Jail, through the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
Sarah is excited to be reunited with the team at the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa and has launched herself as an active member of the Ottawa community.