Steering Committee

In alphabetical order:

Amy Eileen Hamm is the co-founder of #GIDYVR. She is a registered nurse educator, occasional writer and mom with two boys.


Esmeralda Vee* is a media worker, filmmaker and mother of one. She's spent 30 years working in a variety of creative and leadership roles from web designer to documentarian to executive director of a non-profit arts organization.


Faye Van Derplank* is a psychology student in her mid-twenties. Mom to the best dog ever! Adventure lover. General knowledge nerd. Soccer superfan.


Heather Mason, is a former incarcerated woman at the Grand Valley Institution for Women in Ontario. After overcoming drug addiction, she now advocates for women in the justice system. She focuses on the failure of the prison system to treat addictions and other mental health issues as well as the issue of men self-identifying into women's prisons.


Trish Oliver, B.A., MES, B.Ed., is a researcher, writer, educator, sculptor and lesbian. She is a founding member of the Women's Liberation Front (WoLF).


(* = pseudonym. As a result of the contentious nature of this issue, some women are unable to speak freely on gender self-identification. Women are being harassed, threatened and even losing their livelihoods for questioning gender ideology, legislation and policy. We envision a Canada where everyone can fully enjoy their fundamental freedoms as guaranteed in the Charter.)



Fundamental freedoms

2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:

• (a) freedom of conscience and religion;

• (b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;

• (c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and

• (d) freedom of association.

Courage calls to courage everywhere, and its voice cannot be denied.

Millicent Fawcett, Suffragist

We're a women-led, volunteer organization, and receive no public funding or corporate sponsorship.