Our Team

 

 

Bonnie Brayton - National Exective Director

A recognized leader in both the feminist and disability movements, Bonnie Brayton has been the National Executive Director of the DisAbled Women’s Network (DAWN) Canada since May 2007.  In this role, she has proven herself as a formidable advocate for women with disabilities here in Canada and internationally. During her tenure with DAWN Canada, Ms. Brayton has worked diligently to highlight key issues that impact the lives of women with disabilities in regards to health equity, housing, employment and violence.

Ms. Brayton’s commitment to women with disabilities spreads further than her office. She is also the President of Coup de Balai – Clean Sweepers, an innovative social enterprise which provides home care services to people with disabilities and seniors in her Montreal community

Ms. Brayton lives in Montreal with her partner Delmar Medford.  She has two adult daughters, Leah and Virginia.

To contact Bonnie Brayton: (514) 396-0009 EXT. 2502 / admin@dawncanada.net

 

 

 

Kanitha Nhek - Community Outreach Coordinator

With a background in marketing and event management, Kanitha worked for many years in the Canadian sports industry advocating healthy and active lifestyle, for women and kids. In the last 3 years she went to Cambodia to build an athletic community center and to discover a country her parents had to flee due to the war. Now back in Canada and always passionate about creating and promoting positive change in society, Kanitha joins us at The DisAbled Women's Network of Canada as the Community Outreach coordinator.

(514) 396-0009 EXT: 2509 / kanitha@dawncanada.net 

 

 

 

 

Nelly Bassily - Manager of the Youth Initiatives and International Relationships

Nelly Bassily is an intersectional feminist, sexual rights, and anti-racism activist and media maker with over 12 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Born to Egyptian parents in Montreal, immigration, diaspora, and identity also inform her activism. She is currently a project officer at DAWN Canada and focuses her work on young women with disabilities and Deaf young women. Previously, she worked on the young feminist activism program at the Association for Women's Rights in Development. She is currently learning American Sign Language and co-hosts a feminist radio show called Des sorcières commes les autres on CKUT 90,3 FM.

To contact Nelly Bassily: (514) 396-0009 EXT 2507 / agente@dawncanada.net

 

 

Sonia Alimi - Research Coordinator

It was during her Master's in Sociology that Sonia first incorporated DAWN Canada's team. With a research on the feminist activism of women with disabilities, DAWN offered her a privileged search ground. In view of the preliminary results, she chooses to settle in Canada for a PhD in sociology majoring in feminist studies and research. Her thesis will focus on the same topics as her Master's research, and will look specifically on oppressions related to racism, sexism and ableism.

(514) 396-0009 / recherche@dawncanada.net

 

 

Sophia Sahrane - Project Coordinator

Sophia Sahrane is a BIPOC activist and afrofeminist from Montreal focusing her efforts against anti-black racism, misogynoir, the criminalization and policing of racialized bodies, involved in community organizations and initiatives like the Librairie Racines and Hoodstock. She also focuses her activism, community organizing, and research on the lack of representation and erasure of Black folk in education, archives, and throughout history which perpetuates white dominance and the subordination of Black, Indigenous and racialized peoples. She is working on establishing a Black studies program at Concordia University, where she graduated from the School of Community, Public Affairs and Public Policy, and is completing a masters certificate in archiving at UQAM. Sophia is currently working at the Disabled women's network Canada (DAWN) as Project coordinator.

(514) 396-0009 / sophia@dawncanada.net

 

 

Tamara Angeline Medford-Williams - Executive Assistant

Born of Bajan and Jamaican decent, Tamara is a community enthusiast who founded the Montreal-based action group Miracle Makers, that promotes positive youth development and civic engagement. She is a part of the management team at Welfare Avenue,  which is a not-for-profit organization focused on assisting the homeless. Tamara is a certified Family Life Educator, and has completed a Bachelor’s degree at Concordia University majoring in Human Relations, with a concentration in Community Development and a minor in Anthropology. She has been a youth mentor with the YMCA Quebec since 2018 and is currently completing a Graduate degree in Child and Youth Care. Tamara is also an activist at heart, co-hosting the Fall Awake podcast where she and her partner promote the social awareness of racial, ethical, cultural, and political issues affecting Black and marginalized communities.

(514) 396-0009 / assistant@dawncanada.net

 

Mackenzie Casalino - Communications Coordinator 

Mackenzie is a Carleton University graduate who studied Journalism and Human Rights with a specialization in Indigenous, environment and queer studies. Working as a journalist in communities such as North Bay, Halifax, and Ottawa, they covered issues that affect people living with disabilities, Indigenous People, queer folk and BIPOC topics. They have participated with a variety of NGOs in Canada and abroad that benefit environmental activism, youth and women's empowerment.  
 
You can reach Mackenzie at mackenzie@dawncanada.net 

Yasemin Tuncer- Youth Initiatives Coordinator

Yasemin is a queer immigrant neurodivergent woman who lives in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal) with her partner, daughter and tiny dog. She has worked as an instructor at college, and a translator in the video game business but wanting to see real changes in society, after studying Communications at Concordia, followed her heart into the world of NGOs. She is interested in intergenerational trauma, and arts as a means to reflect on trauma with a feminist lens. She now works at DAWN Canada as Youth Initiatives Coordinator and strives daily to give voice to diverse young disabled women and non-binary youth.

You can reach Yasemin at yasemin@dawncanada.net