Occupation: Community Worker, Masters of Social Work, Activist with experience of incarceration
Advocate/ Support for Women in Trauma and Crisis
Peer Support Team Member and supported other prisoners in crisis
Previously – Chairperson of the Inmate Committee fighting for the rights of prisoners.
University Degree in Women’s Studies / Master of Social Work
Assaulted Women’s and Children’s counsellor/advocate
Ex- Convict/ Activist
Tiina is a community worker, academic and an activist with lived experience of incarceration. Tiina completed her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies while incarcerated at Grand Valley Institution for Women. Upon her release, she completed a Diploma in the Assaulted Women’s and Children’s Counsellor/Advocate Program at George Brown College and is currently in her final semester of her Master of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University and is hoping to pursue her Ph.D in Social Work in the future!
Tiina is one of the founders and coordinators of the Walls to Bridges Collective. Walls to Bridges creates collaborative and innovative learning communities within correctional settings. W2B courses bring together incarcerated/criminalized students and students enrolled at colleges/universities to study together for semester long for-credit courses. To date, 38 W2B courses have been offered in Canada. The National Program Hub is located in The Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, Kitchener, ON.
Tiina currently works as a front line worker in 2 Toronto shelters for people experiencing homelessness and also works as a fitness bootcamp instructor. Her passion is working with, supporting and advocating for all people who have experienced marginalization, discrimination, violence and poverty. Tiina feels strongly than that people who have experienced marginalization should have their voices heard in the policies that affect them directly and much of her work is around centering these voices in decision making.