Portrait of Kim Pate, Community Co-lead of CFICE's Violence Against Women Hub.The Violence Against Women (VAW) Hub and Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) want to extend a heartfelt congratulations to Kim Pate on her appointment by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the Senate.

Kim is the Executive Director for Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies and has held this position since 1992. Her legal careers spans over 30 years working with youth, men and women in the legal system.

Kim is a human rights expert and a prisoner advocate, who works tirelessly to improve the lives of women in prison. On June 30, 2014, Kim was appointed a member of the Order of Canada for “advocating on behalf of women who are marginalized, victimized or incarcerated, and for her research on women in the criminal justice system”.

Kim has been involved in the work on Community-Campus Partnerships as the community co-lead of the VAW hub of CFICE since 2012. Dr. Diana Majury, the Academic Co-Lead for the VAW hub writes, “I’m very proud of her and think it is wonderful for our country.”

Play head image depicting Kim Pate, VAW Community Co-lead, giving a speech at a Carleton University graduation ceremony.Kim is firmly rooted in the community as a social justice advocate but she also has extensive experience in academia and a huge respect for the importance of community based research. She will be a strong promoter of the goals and values that underpin the work of  CFICE in her new position as a Canadian Senator.

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