The Organizing Team

Alex Xavier

Alex (pronouns he/him) is a long-time Amnesty International activist on unceded, unsurrendered Algonquin territory (Ottawa, Ontario). Passionate about grassroots, volunteer-led organising, he is excited to find new ways to learn, connect, and make Amnesty activism more inclusive and accessible.

Andrea (she/her) is a white settler and a curvy, neurodivergent, queer, bigender woman organizing on the traditional, ancestral, and stolen lands of the Nłeʔkepmx Tmíxʷ (Nlaka’pamux) and Syilx tmixʷ (Okanagan) First Nations. At Amnesty she is a Fieldworker, co-chairs the Fieldworker Coordinating Committee, and sits on the Strategic Goals Advisory Committee. Outside of Amnesty, she is a professional planner, facilitator, and consultant. 

Andrea Oakunsheyld

Ian (he/him) is a long-time AI member, active in his local community. He’s a supporter of volunteer involvement and leadership and believes that positive change for human rights will come from the voices and commitment of “ordinary people”.

Ian Heide

Corinne de Réland (she/her/Elle) is a mixed, bilingual, immigrant settler living on unceded Algonquin Anishnabe Territory (Gatineau, QC).  Corinne is a long-time AI member, activist and Fieldworker who believes passionately in human rights. Outside of Amnesty, she spends her time mothering her children and working as a trainer/facilitator for a large public library system.

Corinne de Réland

Gord Barnes (he / him) is an Amnesty International Canada Fieldworker organizing on Treaty Four Territory, the lands of the Cree (Néhinaw), Saulteaux (Anishinaabe/ Ojibwe), and Assiniboine (Nakota), Dakota, Lakota and the homeland of the Métis Nation – he lives in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Gord Barnes

Anam Rashid (she/her) is a student at the University of Toronto studying International Development Studies and Critical Migration Studies, currently living on the traditional territory of Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. She is committed to supporting and engaging in initiatives that promote quality education, healthier communities and gender equality, both locally and globally. Her passion has led her to work with a number of organizations, including Amnesty International, Yellow Brick House, and more recently, Right To Play and Refugee Girls Worldwide. 

Anam Rashid

Kim Doyle Thorsen (she/hers/they/them) is an Amnesty International Canada Fieldworker and chair of Amnesty International Edmonton, living on the land of the displaced Pahpahstayo Nation and colonized Treaty 6 Territory known as amiskwaciwâskahikan (Cree for Beaver Hills House).

Kim Doyle Thorsen 

Elena Dumitru (she/her) is a member of the National Activism Team for Amnesty Canada (English Branch), organizing and residing in St Marys, Ontario, a region whose ancestral guardians of land and its waterways are the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Wendat, and the Neutrals. Elena draws energy and passion from all the amazing Amnesty volunteers she meets, supports and works with. She loves the arts and the amazing power arts has in reaching people’s minds. Chocolate also plays an important role in her life.

Elena Dumitru

Shauna (she/her) is a member of the National Activism Team for Amnesty Canada (English Branch). She currently resides on unceded Algonquin Anishnaabe Territory. In non-pandemic times she works out of the Ottawa National Office.

Shauna MacLean