Lieran Docherty (President):

Lieran Docherty has worked in the not-for-profit sector in both the UK and Canada, specializing in the development of gender-responsive policy and programming. Lieran spent several years in the north of England setting up community-based women’s centres and leading the development and implementation of several pioneering approaches to services for women in the Criminal Justice System. Lieran also brings her fundraising experience to the board. With a strong commitment to women’s rights and gender justice, Lieran is an active advocate and sits on several gender-related working groups and committees. Lieran is currently based in Toronto as a Gender Equality Specialist with an international development organization.

Laura is a street and law involved woman struggling with a history of substance abuse and frequent relapses. Laura participates in our Healing from Abuse program and is connecting much of her substance abuse issues with trauma she experienced as a child. By understanding how her history of trauma impacts her life today and how it can trigger her substance abuse, Laura is healing from her experiences and achieving sobriety.  Laura is staying sober, exploring employment opportunities and developing healthy and enriching relationships.