Co-Founders

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 currently completing a degree in statistics at McMaster University.

shanthiya@djno.ca

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.

eminet@djno.ca

sTAFF

SUMMER PROJECT COORDINTATOR:

ACCESS TO HOUSING FOR DIVERSE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Ruby Hye

Ruby Hye is a student at UWCiM (United World College in Mostar) and former Westdale Secondary student. They are the co-founder of Model City Hall Hamilton, were a staffer in former Ward 3 City Councillor Matthew Green's office, and have organized LGBTQIA+ events such as the first LGBTQIA+ arts show in Mostar.

Ruby has a passion for anti-racism in LGBTQIA+ spaces and communities. They have been learning and healing through coming to understand that disability justice is interwoven in all liberation movements. Ruby is currently looking forward to finishing high school.

 

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administrative ASSISTANT

MONISHA GUPTA

Monisha Gupta is a graduate of the Honors Life Science's program at McMaster University. Her role is to create sustainable supports for the Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO).  Visit Monisha on Thursdays and Fridays from 10AM to 3PM.

 

info@djno.ca

 

SUMMER PROJECT COORDINTATOR:

ACCESS TO HOUSING FOR DIVERSE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

MIKE WOOD

Mike Wood is active in Hamilton as Chair of Hamilton ACORN downtown he likes to push for change on Housing, Disability, Rental issues and much more for low-moderate income people, Mike believes with good change makes Hamilton a more inclusive city for everyone and that nobody should be left behind.

 

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SARAH JAMA

Sarah Jama 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

EMINET DAGNACHEW

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