Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice
Zoe Craig-Sparrow, Director
Zoe Craig-Sparrow is a member of the Musqueam Indian Band and was born and raised on the reserve in Vancouver, BC. She has been involved with Justice for Girls since she was 12 years old. She worked with JFG in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation as an intern before travelling to the United Nations with JFG to present a submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in 2012. Zoe has a Master's degree in human rights from the University of London (awarded with distinction) and is currently pursuing her PhD. She is a graduate of Political Science at UBC, and also studied at Sciences Po in France and Lester B. Pearson United World College on Vancouver Island. Zoe is passionate about girls' and women’s rights and the environment, particularly how those relate to Indigenous communities. Zoe was recently profiled by the Lieutenant Governor of BC as a champion for equality and by the University of London as a graduate of the MA program in Human Rights.
Communications & Engagement
Savanah Norman, Director
Savanah Norman started as an intern with Justice for Girls at the age of 17. Since then, she has played a key role in developing and delivering public education workshops to medical students, educators, young women, students and funders. Savanah also played a central role in the development of our 2018 report, "A Space to Thrive", which details the current needs and recommendations of young women living in poverty in Vancouver. Savanah was appointed and serves on the Women's Advisory Committee of the City of Vancouver. Savanah was recently profiled by the BC Government as an inspiring young leader who is breaking down barriers, standing up for change and fighting for equality.
Brynn McKenna, Communications & Development Worker
Brynn McKenna, who is of Métis Indigenous ancestry, has grown up and lived in Vancouver, BC her whole life. She is currently studying Sociology at UBC, with hopes to one day pursue a career in Law. Brynn has been doing advocacy work from a young age and has a huge passion for fighting against social injustices and for helping others. In her role as Development and Communications Worker, Brynn is particularly interested in helping JFG grow and expand in an effort to help break down the societal barriers that allow inequality to persist for women and girls.
Legal Advocacy & Policy
Sue Brown, Director
Sue Brown is joining our team to help develop, pilot and expand our advocacy program. Sue recently completed her J.D. at UBC's Allard School of Law and was Called to the Bar in Ontario in August 2020 after clerking at the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Sue began working as an advocate at JFG in 2008 and was on JFG's Board of Directors from 2016-2019. Sue has an extensive background as an advocate and researcher, focusing on prisoners' rights, criminalization and police violence, with a particular focus on working with girls and young women in Canada and abroad. Sue has B.A.s in Political Studies (Trent University), Criminology (Wilfrid Laurier University), and a Masters in Criminology (Simon Fraser University).
Maggie Korolyk, Outreach Advocate
Maggie Korolyk is a member of the Takla Nation and has a strong passion for advocacy and helping others. Maggie has worked alongside her community to assist members with employment, training, and treatment opportunities. She is particularly drawn to supporting Indigenous young women and girls and has both created and hosted girls’ empowerment workshops in her home community to boost their wellbeing and confidence. In her role as the Outreach Advocate, Maggie aims to bring awareness to the barriers that girls face, particularly Indigenous girls and girls in remote communities, and to help them overcome those barriers for a prosperous future.
Young Women's Leadership, Education & Wellbeing
Santana Palmer Thomas, Education Outreach Worker
Santana is a proud xʷməθkʷəy̓əm young women born and raised on the Musqueam Reserve, located in what is now called Vancouver. Santana is a fierce protector of Indigenous children’s rights to education and has a range of experiences including coordinating educational summer programs, tutoring english and math, and working with Indigenous elementary students. She attended the University of Victoria for theatre arts and Indigenous studies, but has yet to complete her education. As JFG’s Education Outreach Worker, Santana brings her expansive experience, skills and passion to promoting the leadership of teenage girls, educating service providers and increasing girls’ access to education and healthcare.