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New Part-time Staff - Welcome Jess and Erin!

Updated: Apr 5, 2019

CCBR is pleased to introduce two new part-time staff, Jessica Notwell and Erin McLean-Purdon. Read their bios below:



Jessica Notwell

Jess Notwell brings to CCBR extensive experience in global human rights processes and decolonial feminist activism. Her current PhD research focuses on the ways in which women’s everyday decolonial actions contribute to wider processes of liberation/decolonization both locally and globally. Previously, her Master’s study focused on feminist rights-based intergenerational leadership in the Solomon Islands. Former Executive Director of the Canadian Women’s Economic Council and former Vice President of the World YWCA, Jess is Co-Founder of IGNITE Global Feminist Collective which brings together academics and activists from around the world to amplify our contributions to decolonization and “justice.” She also volunteers with YWCA Canada on the Reconciliation Action Committee. As a fibre artist, Jess co-produces wearable art under the name SoulFibres with her mom, Kathie.


Erin McLean-Purdon

Born and raised on the traditional territory of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, Erin’s fondest memories are of summers spent on the shores of Georgian Bay at his family’s non-electrified, water-access only cottage. Studying at the University of Guelph (Bachelor of Environmental Science) and the University of Waterloo (Master of Environmental Studies), Erin brings practical knowledge and experience in Participatory Action Research, statistical modelling, and community-based research to the Centre for Community-Based Research. As a white-male settler, Erin is trying to talk less and listen more. He often needs reminding, but never claimed not to be a work-in-progress. Fun fact: Erin dislikes dogs and cats, and aspires to live in a pet-free household. So far, so good.

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