Michelle Smith (Girls on Boards):

Michelle Smith joined the Elizabeth Fry Toronto board of directors in Fall 2017, through the G(irls)20 "Girls on Boards" program.  She holds a bachelors degree in Political Science and International Development Studies from York University, and a J.D. from Osgoode Hall School. Michelle has engaged in various forms of advocacy  through her involvement with international NOGs, legal clinics, and the post secondary education sector. She is currently in the process of obtaining her license with the Law Society of Ontario. Michelle is passionate about human rights and access to justice for historically marginalized groups. She hopes to bring a youthful perspective to the board, and to help further E Fry's mission and vision. 

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.