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Our Speakers

Shelley Gilbert
Legal Assistance Windsor

Chantel Butterfield
Sexual Assault Survivors' Centre Sarnia-Lambton

Taylor Boomsma
BGC Sarnia-Lambton

Crystal Fach
Diversity ED

Jeffery MacPherson
Prism Wellness Group

Shelley Gilbert has worked as a social worker at Legal Assistance of Windsor since 1993
and is currently the Interim Executive Director responsible for:

  • Legal and social work services and community development initiatives

  • Facilitating and leading the delivery of interdisciplinary services

  • Developing and supporting staff initiatives to fill identified needs, enhance community capacities and promote social justice.

Ms. Gilbert has been working with migrant worker communities and advocates for over
20 years. She is a founding member and supervises the Windsor Essex Counter
Exploitation Network (WECEN) providing support and advocacy to survivors human
trafficking and exploitation. She has conducted training and workshops for NGOs and
law enforcement across the country. She has presented models of collaboration, policy
gaps and best practice approaches at national and provincial conferences. She was
awarded the Inspirational Leader Award by the Ontario Association of Social Workers in
2014, the Attorney General Victim Services Award of Distinction in 2016 as well as the
Department of Justice Excellence in Victim Services Award in 2022.

Chantel has been with the Centre since 2013. She is honoured to have experienced many different roles within the Centre and passionate about her current role as the Executive Director. She is grateful to her team, who truly exemplify the heart and soul of this organization. When Chantel is not at work, you can find her reading, being social with friends or relaxing by a fire with her loved ones.

Bio to be added

Crystal Fach is an Indigiqueer and Non Binary person. Crystal is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Diversity Ed. – Safer Spaces Canada. They have been in leadership roles within multiple gender and sexual diverse organizations across Ontario. Crystal has a history both community, provincial and national based advocacy for 15+ years. Crystal has worked as an educator and frontline worker within diverse sectors. Crystal is proud to serve their community.

Jeffery is a new Sarnia resident, transplanted from Halifax, Nova Scotia. He moved here with his husband, Dr. Amit Rahalkar, in 2018 to set up an Endocrinology Clinic to serve Lambton County. Being a very active member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in Nova Scotia, he wanted to try to help foster the same community here in Sarnia. 

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