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Public Proceedings

Webcast Participant Consultation: Gender-Based Organizations

August 31, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Primary site location:

Halifax Convention Centre
1650 Argyle Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Argyle Street entrance

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To listen to live audio from the proceedings, call 1-877-385-4099 (toll-free) and enter code 1742076, followed by the # sign.


  • Participant Consultations: Gender-based organizations
    • Attendees
      • Kristina Fifield – Social Worker, Sexual Assault Trauma Therapist; Avalon/LEAF/Wellness Within
      • Kaitlin Geiger-Bardswich – Director of Communications, Women Shelter’s Canada
      • Emily Stewart & Dawn Ferris – Transition Houses Association of Nova Scotia
      • Sue Bookchin - Executive Director, Be The Peace Institute
      • Linda Macdonald & Jeanne Sarson – Feminists Fighting Femicide/Persons Against Non-State Torture
      • Jill Barkhouse - Director of Child, Youth and Family Supports, Dept. of Community Services
      • DeRico Symonds - DEA Advisor for the BIPOC Tribe Network and Innovation Hub and the Senior Executive Advisor to the Deputy Minister with the Province of Nova Scotia in the Office of Equity and Anti-Racism.
      • RCMP Supt. Kim Taplin
      • Dr. Maryanne Pearce - Special Advisor Crime Prevention and Indigenous Policing Services, RCMP
      • Julia Rustad
    • Presenters
      • Professor Katreena Scot - Clinical Psychologist, University of Western Ontario 
      • Nick Cardone, Registered Counselling Therapist (RCT), Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC)


  • Visit the calendar for the proceedings schedule.
  • View the documents section for Research, Foundational Documents and Additional Exhibits that are entered into evidence during proceedings.
  • To learn more about the Commission's third and final phase of work, visit the frequently asked questions page.
  • All timing, agendas, format and schedules are subject to change and will be updated here as required.


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