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Our Team

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Tanya Ironstone Locke

Executive Director

Ms. Ironstone Locke has a demonstrated background in working with marginalized people and non-profit organizations, and will continue the CWLC’s important work of defending the rights of vulnerable children, promoting their well-being in the areas of child welfare and protection, youth justice and mental health. She will strengthen CWLC’s efforts to ensure that the needs of families are taken into account, and consolidate the capacity of communities to respond to the needs of children and their parents, especially with respect to Indigenous, immigrant, and refugee children and families.

 

With a Masters level graduate diploma in Indigenous Policy & Administration from Carleton University, Ms. Ironstone Locke has a background in sexual assault support, and has most recently held the role of Acting Executive Director at the Children First Society, which provides organizational and legal advocacy for current and former children and youth criminally targeted with acts of violence and abuse. She is also Canada's Ambassador to JDoe, a platform supporting anonymous, end-to-end encrypted reporting for survivors and witnesses of sexual assault, rape and harassment.

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Camille Breton Skagen

Project Manager

Camille holds a Master in Sociology from the University of British Columbia and has completed a wide array of professional development training, with a focus on effective leadership, conflict resolution and communication. An experienced project manager for a diverse range of startups and community based projects, Camille most recently served as project manager for a large scale clinical checklist initiative. Run in association with the Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect, the project responded to the needs of child welfare-involved families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Camillle is known for her innovative vision, her leadership skills and her facility in building strong working relationships.

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Melanie Doucet

Senior Researcher & Project Manager

Dr. Doucet has been working to improve the lives of youth in care for over 15 years. She is a former youth in care, holds a PhD in Social Work, and is a member of the Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF).  Her doctoral research, titled Relationships Matter for Youth ‘Aging Out’ of Care, provided a platform for youth from care to develop child welfare research, policy and practice recommendations based on their lived experience expertise. She is the co-founder of the Montreal Youth in Care Alumni Student Association (MYCASA), a peer support group.

 

She continues to work as part of the provincial and national youth in care advocacy community on child protection policy reform initiatives, and is currently leading the Equitable Transitions to Adulthood and a Just Pandemic Recovery for Youth in Care project alongside the National Council of Youth in Care Advocates.

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Heather Crawford

Executive Assistant

Heather has run her own consulting business since 1993, providing a range of services that includes contributing to the efficiency of the organization, supporting the governance framework, and implementing decisions made by the Board of Directors and management. Heather draws on her experience from both non-profit and for-profit corporations to increase the productivity and effectiveness of the team.