Background

Audrey Batterham

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I create kind, brave spaces in which individuals and groups make meaningful change.  As counsellor, facilitator and educator, my strengths are to ask thought-provoking questions, provide sharp insights, offer analyses of power and the bigger picture, and to encourage people to tell stories about themselves that are healing and confidence-building. 

My current work builds on fifteen years experience in the non-profit sector as project manager, support worker, group facilitator, educator, training coordinator, and curriculum designer. In particular, I draw from my experience facilitating feminist group support for women who have survived abuse and running leadership trainings for young people. I have moved multiple health promotion and anti-violence projects from early development through to the evaluation and reporting stage, and consistently demonstrated the positive effects of my efforts. I mentored young people to build self esteem and manage anxiety, depression and anger in order to be more effective community leaders. I continue to work in the sector as a facilitator of women's empowerment groups.


I have been facilitating peer-to-peer and youth engagement models for the bulk of my career. My additional subject matter expertise includes gender equity, anti-violence, mental health, homelessness, harm reduction, HIV/Hep C, poverty, leadership development, anti-oppression, group process, and community- and resilience-building.

The frameworks and approaches I integrate into my work are the social determinants of health, anti-oppressive practice, intersectional feminism, and community development. I am strengths-based and trauma-informed. As an educator, I incorporate art, theatre games, discussion, presentation and experiential learning.

Land Acknowledgement and Decolonizing Ethics

I am based in Tkaronto (Toronto). My work takes place in the territories of the Wendat, Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee / Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation Treaty Territory/ Dish With One Spoon Treaty Territory.

I reflect upon what it means to be a white settler occupying treaty territory, and to be doing "helping" work in the context of white saviour culture and a violent "charity" history in Toronto. As both educator and counsellor, I decentralize myself as an expert knower and respect the diverse knowledges of workshop/group participants and counselling clients. I also intend for my particular set of skills, knowledge and experiences to be placed in the service of justice, decolonization and social change.

Qualifications

2011-2012

Master's in Education, Adult Education and Community Development

Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto

1998-2001

Bachelor of Arts, English and Women's Studies

University of Victoria

Nice Comments from Participants
*Note that many comments are taken from groups that I co-facilitated. They are from anonymous evaluation forms.
"I just wanted you to know that reading one of your articles set me on a path of self-reflection that has now given me the language I was missing. I have read and will continue to read every article that you write. . . The work you're doing is the answer in so many ways." - Reader/client
"Audrey listens attentively. She offers solutions based on the problem and based on her experience with other women. She also cares and follows up regularly."

"Caring. Kind. Supportive. Friendly. Knowledgeable. Active. Energetic. Respectful."

"Warmth, friendliness, helpful, flexible and fit curriculum to participants."

 
"They facilitate a warm and welcoming environment where people feel like they want to socialize and share."

"They are knowledgeable and concerned."
 
"[I appreciate her] unconditional support and encouragement."

"They were able to provide good tools and interactive learning."