Venus Sayed (Director):

Venus Sayed is a criminal lawyer and social justice advocate. She obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto, followed by her law degree at Osgoode Hall law school. She brings previous experience with not-for-profit boards to the organization. She has been an active member of the social justice community, participating in various charitable initiatives, working at the community and legal aid services program at Osgoode Hall law school, and promoting various just law initiatives. She works frequently with minority and disadvantaged groups in her work and has extensive insights into the areas of need in such communities.

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.