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.
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 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.
Sahra Soudi is a multimedia artist, curator, educator, and community organizer based in Hamilton whose art practice is rooted in social justice activism. Inspired by collectivity and community, their efforts are reflected in two artist collectives, HAVN (Hamilton Audio Visual Node) and COBRA (Coalition of Black and Racialized Artists). They have advocated for the inclusion and participation of BIPOC communities, from artist run centres to national galleries, and DIY venues. Soudi is passionate about disability justice and centers this framework when thinking about collaborations that enhance opportunities for artists with invisible and visible disabilities. They are an emerging curator who is interested in disrupting ableism and colonialism that exist in institutional art spaces through practices that empower marginalized communities by combining accessibility, mutual aid, and restorative justice.
Athalia Green is the project coordinator of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario. She recently
graduated with her degree in Political Science at McMaster University. She has had experience
during her education with researching and addressing policies regarding life and liberty. As well as community advocacy work throughout the years.
She is dedicated to shifting a society and removing countless barriers where individuals with disability are affected. In addition she is motivated and determined to focus on mutual aids and open communication to ensure a thriving, accessible and liberating society for everyone.
Administrative Assistant (on leave)
Ruby Hye is a Westmount Secondary graduate and a 2020 McCall MacBain Loran Scholar. 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 starting their first year at McGill.
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Meir is our volunteer coordinator. They coordinate our volunteer drivers who deliver kits weekly, and our inventory volunteers. To reach Meir, email:
Rowa Coordinates Kit Deliveries and kit packing on Tuesdays and Thursdays for our mutual aid program, and inventory stocking. To reach Rowa, email:
Batool is our Phone Lead. They coordinate directly with people who call in requesting food deliveries, and to let folks know when their deliveries are on the way. To reach Batool, Call:
Vic is the Outreach Lead for CareMongering. THey focus on letting people know about our mutual aid food delivery system through social media and flyer drops, and on connecting with donors and supporters to loop them into the work. To reach Vic, email: