Speaker Date Topic
Danielle Griffin Jan 31, 2018

Danielle Griffin, Executive Director at AboutFace, an organization that offers a wide variety of programs, services and resources designed to encourage, empower and educate parents, children and adults about the challenges and opportunities of living with a facial difference.

Danielle has more than 10 years of experience advancing positive social impacts through work in the charitable sector and governmental commissions. After being a member of the research and administrative staff of the Confidential Committee of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse in Ireland in 2007 and 2008, Danielle returned to Canada where she has worked with various charities focusing on social services and healthcare. Progressively more senior roles with Maytree, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Warden Woods Community Centre, CNIB, and Hope Air have helped advance her charitable sector experience. She has supported and progressed the causes of diverse communities across Canada through her fundraising, program development and management, marketing and communications, and community engagement work.

Danielle holds a PhD in Sports History from De Montfort University, an MA in the History of International Relations from University College Dublin, and a BA (Honours) in English and History from McMaster University.

Yusur Al-Bahrani Feb 07, 2018
Faces of Women and Community Empowerment in Jordan
Faces of Women and Community Empowerment in Jordan

Yusur Al-Bahrani is an award winning, freelance journalist based in Toronto.  After receiving the International Development and Research Centre Journalism Award, she traveled to Jordan to write about women empowerment.

As a national board member at the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW), Yusur represented the organization at the UN's Commission on the Status of Women.  She was also the Director at Large at Amnesty International Toronto Organization.

Prior to moving to Canada, Yusur interned and worked at CNN Middle East's headquarters in Dubai.

Yusur holds a BA Degree in Mass Communications from the American University of Sharjah (UAE) as well as an MA in Journalism from Ryerson University.  She immigrated to Canada from Dubai in 2010.