Director of Policy & Engagement
— Chris Rahim is a researcher, educator, and community development practitioner with over 25 years’ experience using transformative pedagogies, knowledges and practices of liberation, self-determination, and abolition. Her multi-disciplinary research practice integrates grassroots perspectives on gendered based violence, social change, anti-racist education, and activist/community-based research methodologies. She has worked extensively with consumers/survivors of the mental health system, immigrants, newcomers and refugee communities, sex workers, youth, and incarcerated folx in both British Columbia and Ontario.
Previously Chris has worked with Regent Park Residents through the Social Planning Toronto, PASAN (Prisoner health and harm reduction Organization), Maggie's Toronto Sex Workers Action Project, Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts, the Women's Counselling Referral & Education Centre, South Asian Women’s Action Network Vancouver, and taught at the School of Social and Community Services, George Brown College Toronto for 15 years.
Chris has a Master’s degree from the Faculty of Environmental Studies from York University and a Post-graduate Diploma in Environmental Education from York University. Chris has a Post-graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development from Concordia University. Chris is a graduate of the Assaulted Women’s and Children’s Counsellor Advocate Program, from George Brown College, Toronto, Canada.
Chris lives with Stella, her window-jumping, country crossing, occasionally AWOL cat on her 9th life. She is at ease moving between the chaos of big cities and tranquility of the countryside.