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.

Susan is a public speaker, educating people about the criminal justice system and legal rights. She exudes confidence and speaks with passion. It is hard to imagine that just a year ago, Susan was struggling with low self-esteem and was extremely shy. After a long history of incarceration, Susan was determined to change her life for the better. Susan joined the Peer Leadership program and developed public speaking skills, connected with positive role models and built her confidence. Susan is now a community educator, has re-connected with her family and is mentoring new members of the Peer Leadership program.