Erin joined IWHC as a program officer for Grantmaking and International Partnerships in April 2015. She has over 10 years of experience in program management and organizational development, focusing on violence against women and sexual and reproductive health and rights. She loves being able to work and strategize side by side with IWHC’s grantee partners to advance the rights of girls in Cameroon, Nigeria, and Kenya.
Prior to joining IWHC, Erin spent three years working in Botswana as an advisor for World University Service of Canada, supporting organizations to integrate gender considerations in HIV prevention programs. She also partnered with feminist organizations to reinvigorate the national women’s movement.
Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women for four years. Erin has experience working in project development in Jamaica, at a young mother’s refugee shelter in Belgium, and as a pregnancy options counselor at Planned Parenthood Ottawa. Currently she sits on the board of Sisters Achieving Excellence in Ottawa, Canada to empower criminalized young women through literacy training.
Erin holds an MSW and graduate certificate in non-profit and voluntary sector governance and management from Carleton University. She also holds a BA with honors in semiotics and communication theory, and ethics, society, and law from the University of Toronto. In 2015, Erin earned a certificate from the University of Washington in leadership and management in health. She speaks French and completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in Cape Town with Jim Harrington Yoga.