Abe Oudshoor, PhD is an Assistant Professor at The Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing at Western University. His teaching interests involve community health, mental health, global health, research methods/statistics, and advanced Nursing theory. Abe also researches homelessness prevention, women’s homelessness, program evaluation, health promotion, refugee housing outcomes, participatory action research, and poverty and health.
Susan Macphail has seen how arts based creative expressions can promote social justice by making space and giving voice to individuals and communities who experience poverty and marginalization. In over four decades of engagement in and with many communities, Susan believes that art can be a powerful tool to illuminate systemic and structural violence and support resiliency, resistance, and empowerment.
Amy Rathan is 31 years old and struggled with addiction, homelessness and prostitution for 10 years of her life. Throughout her recovery, she has sought to support others who are struggling against the challenges she faced along the way. Amy is the founder of Impact London, an organization creating innovative opportunities for people in recovery. She advocates for peer-led supports that not only provide opportunities for those in recovery but also provide inspirational leadership for those who still struggle.
Jonathan Rivard is a Manager with the City of London’s Homeless Prevention department, acting as the emergent technology, indigenous, and veteran homelessness lead for the community. Jonathan is passionate about the use of data and new technologies to end chronic homelessness, particularly in addressing homelessness among indigenous and veteran populations in London.
Malvin Wright is a community development practitioner with over 20 years of experience leading global health and community development projects, programs and campaigns in over 4 countries globally, Nunavut and Ontario. Malvin has led HIV/AIDS prevention education, Milennium Develop Goals (MDG), Micro-credit, Malnutrition and Public Health programs through an empowerment and community led approach. He is passionate about finding creative solutions that are grounded in equity, justice and solidarity.
Melanie-Anne Atkins, PhD is the Acting Associate Director, Graduate Programs at Western University’s Centre for Teaching and Learning and an Adjunct Research Professor at the Centre for Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Her research interests include: engaging students with traditionally marginalized identities in the academy, mental health literacy, holistic graduate student development, peer mentorship and education, and anti-oppressive practices in education.