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Anti-Oppression Leadership Workshop

January 31, 2023

Guelph, Ontario - GDAR was pleased to welcome the Guelph-Wellington Women In Crisis educator, Cindy McMann to provide a half-day anti-oppression leader development workshop for the GDAR Board of Directors, DEIA Committee, Committee and Task Force Chairs and GDAR Staff.

GDAR has committed to making Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism (DEIA) a priority for our staff and membership, and believes that DEIA should start with our leadership.

In 2022, our DEIA Task Force met for the first time. Included in their recommendations to the Board of Directors was to provide free training and education for GDAR Members on the subject and open the door to better communication and conversations about the subject within the Association.

An anti-oppression workshop will be offered virtually on February 23rd and FREE for our entire GDAR membership. Registration is now available and everyone is encouraged to join.

About the Workshop

In this 90 minute workshop,participants learn how to recognize different forms of oppression like racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism and ableism. We unpack how oppression shows up in our culture and what the impacts are on marginalized communities.

Participants are provided with some tools and resources to challenge those forms of oppression and create more compassionate, more inclusive spaces for everyone in our community.


  • What is Oppression

  • Power and Privilege

  • Impacts of Prejudice and Discrimination

  • How to Create Safer Spaces

What Anti-Oppression Work Is and Isn’t:

What It Isn’t

Attacking anyone for having been born in a particular body or at a particular social location.

  • Taking away anybody’s rights or freedoms.

  • Making you individually responsible for ending all prejudice and discrimination forever.

What It Is

  • Recognizing how oppression functions in the world.

  • Confronting internalized prejudices and healing from oppression.

  • Coming together as a diverse community to create ways of living and working together that allow everyone to thrive.

  • Finding joy in the project of making the world a better place.

Meet The Instructor:

Cindy McMann is the Public Educator with Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis and has been teaching about gender issues for 15 years. Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis is a feminist community-based organization providing free, non-judgmental and confidential services to women and gender-diverse people who are experiencing or have experienced violence, abuse and exploitation.



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