Very humble for all she has done & is doing, Dawnmarie graciously shared some of 'Herstory' with me.
Dawnmarie Harriott's hometown: Mandeville, Jamaica. Very proud of her roots, she moved here at a young age & now lives in Richmond Hill.
PWLE Caucus Coordinator.at Working for Change in Toronto. Assists Caucus members with meetings and training sessions to be able to engage and provide advise to the Mental Health Commission on the At Home/Chez Soi Housing First Demonstration Project.
She is also an advocate for violence against women and uses her experience to educate the public on issues within the system that prevent women from fleeing.
In 2008 she joined advisory committee with the Woman’s Abuse Council of Toronto and became a council member to share her experience of moving through the system when fleeing abuse to assist services to be more accommodating with police, health services, shelters and court systems. Advocating that abuse and mental illness are linked and services need to reflect that.
In 2009 Dawnmarie partnered with the Canadian Safety School Network to create DVD resource “Where is your Line?” to educate youths from the age of 13-15 on victimization and how to set boundaries and talk openly about the issues they face.
In 2010 she partnered with a college student through the Woman’s Abuse Council of Toronto to create DVD resource “Survivors Guide to Freedom form Violence” discussing what abuse looks like and what steps can be taken when a woman is ready to flee. This resource available at the Assaulted Women’s Helpline.
Quote: "Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again."
There is always Hope! I have the privilege of getting to know Dawnmarie over the last few years; kind, caring, funny, a true inspiration & always so positive!
You Are Worth So Much!
J Christian S