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Co-Founders

Sarah Jama is the lead organizer at DJNO. She is a community organizer from Hamilton, ON. She is co-founder of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario and holds a Social Sciences degree from McMaster University. Her lived experiences with cerebral palsy have fostered interests and a passion for community engagement, disability justice, and activism. 

Sarah is a board member with the Hamilton Transit Riders Union (HTRU), a council member on the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council, and a member of the Hamilton Community Benefits Network (HCBN). She currently works at the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion as a Program Coordinator.

sarah@djno.ca

Shanthiya Baheerathan

Shanthiya Baheerathan is a co-founder of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario. She has worked outside and within health systems as a researcher and advocate for individuals who have experienced medical violence and sexual violence, and centres disability justice in this work.

 

She is driven by a vision of a transformed society, where access and rights are just a starting point, and where dignity, liberty, bodily autonomy and justice are an everyday reality for people with disabilities. She is no longer staff at DJNO.

EMINET DAGNACHEW

Eminet Dagnachew is co-founder of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario and a Registered Social Worker in Hamilton, ON. She currently manages operations for The Salvation Army's Hamilton Booth Centre (emergency shelter) and Financial Management programs.

 

Prioritizing evidence-based initiatives to inform her practice, Eminet leads teams through implementation of Housing First, Harm Reduction, and accessibility principles. A vision of universally designed and appropriately housed communities drives her work. She is no longer staff at DJNO. 

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Program Coordinator

Sahra Soudi (They/she)

Sahra Soudi is a multimedia artist, curator, educator, and community organizer based in
Hamilton, Ontario. They have advocated for the inclusion and participation of BIPOC communities in different spaces, from artist-run centres to national galleries and DIY venues. Soudi is passionate about disability justice and centers this framework on collaborations that enhance opportunities for artists with invisible and visible disabilities. They are an emerging curator interested in disrupting ableism and colonialism through practices that empower marginalized communities.


 

sahra@djno.ca

Education Coordinator 

Ahona Mehdi (She/They)

Ahona Mehdi is a student/community organizer based in Hamilton, Ontario and an undergraduate student in McMaster’s Political Science program. Ahona is passionate about disability justice, abolition and dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline. In their work, they conduct research on the impacts of violence, criminalization and the school-to-prison pipeline on queer, racialized and disabled youth. Ahona works to create networks for racialized, Muslim, disabled and queer youth to connect, co-learn, heal, and reimagine a world where students can learn outside of these carceral systems.

education@djno.ca

Pam (They/Them)

Pam is queer, brain-injured, bilingual (Spanish-English) and of Peruvian and Chilean-Italian ancestry. They're a former outreach and advocacy worker with chronically houseless folx who are between prisons, hospitals, and streets/shelters. Pam is passionate about Indigenous sovereignty, housing justice, and harm reduction. They also have a Master of Social Work with experience in research, therapy, and disability justice.

prisonprojectlead@djno.ca

Policy Lead

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SARAH JAMA

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Megan (She/They)

Megan is a PhD student, community organizer, and writer based on Unceded Algonquin Territory. As a multiply disabled, Mad, and chronically ill organizer, Her work seeks to disrupt disability institutionalization by exposing their motives. Recently, she worked alongside institutional survivors to produce and write the Invisible Institutions podcast. Megan works closely with disability justice movements to produce radical research and policy dreams. Her writing has been published in Briarpatch Magazine, the Disability Visibility Project, Canadian Dimension, CBC Opinions, the Hamilton Spectator and the Ottawa Citizen.

Executive Director

Brad Evoy (he/him)

SBrad is a member of the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation and has worked across Ontario and Newfoundland as a governance and community organizing nerd. His experiences as a Disabled person—with Cerebral Palsy and high myopic vision—have helped ground him in community and the interlocking fight for justice. Brad’s previous work has ranged from Legal Clinics to Childcare.

He has previously served in related roles in Toronto, Guelph, and Ottawa, including as the Executive Director of Makonsag Aboriginal Head Start, various staff roles with the Ontario Public Interest Research Group, and, most recently, as the Administration Manager of Scarborough Community Legal Services. In his spare time, Brad serves as a Board Member at Heritage Toronto and Treasurer for Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) Canada. Brad looks forward to continuing to create "a world where people with disabilities are free to be.”

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Prison project

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