NAWL is delighted to announce our new National Steering Committee (NSC), elected at our September 2021 AGM. NAWL is excited to welcome these incredible women and the expertise on feminist law reform advocacy they each bring to the organization.
New NSC appointments and directors include, Dr. Kerri Froc, Maureen McTeer and Amanda Therrien. They join returning NSC directors: Martha Jackman (past Chair), Danica Jorgenson, Alisa Lombard, Cheryl Milne, Alison Southern, Zahra Taseer, and Naomi Telfort (treasurer).
Dr. Kerri A. Froc was appointed as the Chair of the NSC 2021-2022. Dr. Froc is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick. She is also writing a book tentatively titled, “The Gendered Constitution.” It concerns gender equality in Canadian constitutional law.
We are very pleased to welcome our new NSC chair, Dr. Froc to her new appointment.
Maureen McTeer is a visiting professor in the faculty of common law at the University of Ottawa and is currently a member of the advisory committee of the uOttawa Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics.
Maureen is a leading advocate for women’s health and reproductive rights in Canada, she served as an original member of the federal Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies, and as a member of the Global Commission on Pollution, Health and Development, whose report appeared in the Lancet in 2017.
She is the author of four books, including “Tough Choices: Living and Dying in the 21st Century”; and was a member of the Global Commission on Pollution, Health and Development, whose report appeared in the Lancet in 2017.
Maureen has served in many volunteer capacities, including as a founding member and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Shirley E. Greenberg Women’s Health Centre in Ottawa.
Amanda Therrien, worked as a Raven Law Secondment Law Student with NAWL this past summer before joining the NSC. Over the summer, Amanda worked closely with Martha Jackman on updating NAWL’s Feminist Law Reform (FLR) 101 online course. Amanda is a third-year law student at Osgoode Hall Law School.
You can read full NSC directors bios, here.
We are grateful to Prof. Martha Jackman, our outgoing NSC Chair, for her many years of dedication to NAWL especially during the period of government de-funding, without whom NAWL might not have survived. While passing on the chair, Martha remains involved as an NSC director and as a newly appointed Trustee to the NAWL Charitable Trust for Research and Education.
NAWL staff and NSC directors met in October to discuss NAWL’s strategic organizational priorities for the next 3 years, leading to our 50th anniversary, and to review feedback and input from stakeholders on our mandate and work. Leading up to the end of 2021 we’ll be finalizing our strategic planning at NAWL and looking forward to adopting and implementing that plan as we head into 2022.
I am tremendously excited to take over the leadership of NAWL. I have admired its work over the years, and it played an especially prominent role in advocating that equality rights be entrenched in our Charter in the strongest possible language (becoming what is now sections 15 and 28). I hope to build on NAWL’s past work in legal interventions and law reform initiatives, as well as its engagement with the public and media, providing an expert legal perspective on legal issues of concern to women and girls.
– Dr. Kerri A. Froc