ABOUT US

Agency & Advocacy

Our feminism & values

Our feminism advocates for the decision-making agency of diverse women, girls, Two-Spirit, trans and non-binary people and challenges all the societal barriers that undermine their choices, freedoms, gifts, and humanity.

We work to be empathetic and nonjudgmental, appreciating the whole lives, varied journeys, and expertise of women, girls, Two-Spirit, trans and non-binary people.

We work to be action-oriented, intersectional, and critical in confronting all oppressions against women, girls, Two-Spirit, trans and non-binary people and in redistributing power to and with them.

The values that guide us are:

  • Taking Action for a Just World
  • Support and Nurturance
  • Collaboration
  • Inclusion
  • Integrity

Organizational Change

Our Own Work

We recognize that our organization operates within oppressions, like misogyny, racism, and transphobia. We struggle to unlearn oppression in our own practices, to decolonize our practices, as we work towards equity, diversity, and inclusion for all persons who seek and deserve justice within our organization’s work and in society at large. We know that anti-oppression work and justice work are part of working on our own wellbeing as individuals and as an organization. Our current work in organizational change includes addressing racial justice and trans inclusion. 

Here are some resources we’re drawing from:

Racial justice

Me and White Supremacy
by Layla Saad

Trans inclusion

Trans Inclusion
The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre

STAFF

Wyanne Sandler

Executive Director

Vangie Babin

Women’s Services Coordinator/Office Manager

Annie Chau

Operations Manager

Christine Hanlon

Financial Administrator

Jackie Jacques

Bookkeeper

Mica Francis

Women’s Support Worker

Gisele Carpenter

Women’s Support Worker

Marcia Connolly

Guysborough County Outreach Support Worker

Najlaa Alzaanin

Immigrant Support Program Coordinator

Nancy Gray

Specialized Sexual Violence Trauma Therapist

Pam Rubin

Specialized Sexual Violence Trauma Therapist

Pamela Reyes

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program Manager

Richelle MacLaughlin

Lindsay’s Health Centre for Women Medical Receptionist

Faye Fraser

Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator

Sydney Van De Wiel

Waves of Change Bystander Intervention Program Coordinator

Moraig Macgillivray

Healthy Relationships for Youth Program Coordinator

Kelsey Benoit

Healthy Relationships for Youth – CSAP Coordinator

Catalina Martinez

Healthy Relationships for Youth – SRCE Coordinator

Karla Stevens

Circles of Support and Change - Project Coordinator

Tara Reddick

Circles of Support and Change - African Nova Scotian Communities Community Facilitator

Tonya Pelley

Circles of Support and Change - African Nova Scotian Communities Community Facilitator

Michelle Newell

Circles of Support and Change – Canso and Area Community Facilitator

Danielle Martell

Circles of Support and Change – NSCC Strait Area and Richmond County Community Facilitator

BOARD MEMBERS

Co-Chair

Jean Crosby

Co-Chair

Nancy Forestell

Member

April Prosper

Member

Carrie McInnis

Member

Christina Holmes

Member

Christine Johnson

Member

Cianna MacKeigan

Member

Farhiyo Salah

Member

Hina Shehzadi

Member

Ilse Hill

Member

Meaghan MacIntyre

Member

Melaney White

Member

Wyanne Sandler

Join Us

work / Volunteer
opportunities

We strive to be representative of the people and communities we serve. For our work and volunteer opportunities, we welcome applications from visible minority group members, African Nova Scotians, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community.

We strive to lower and remove barriers in society, as well as those that we have as an organization to be more inclusive and accessible to the diversity of people and communities who need our work the most.

Curious about our logo?

Created in June, 2021, our current logo connects to the history of AWCSAS and is a visual representation of all that we do now.

Timeline of Our Work

Our HIstory

Women who were looking for services and working for societal change founded the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre & Sexual Assault Services Association in 1983. Our organization remains woman-positive, appreciating the multi-issued and complex lives of women, girls, Two-Spirit, trans and non-binary people, whose diverse experiences provide lessons in resilience and in resistance.