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Career Conversations:
Discovering Careers in NGOs, Human Rights and Social Justice Organizations

Thursday, November 14, 2013
3:30 – 5:30 pm
Harry Crowe Room, 109 Atkinson College

In partnership with the Centre for Student Success, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

Registration on the Career Centre's online system is required for all panel events (you must sign up for an account on the system before you will be able to register for any events).

About the Event

Interested in a career working in NGOS, human rights or social justice? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working in diverse roles within this field?

Connect with professionals and get the inside scoop on what it's really like to work in this field. During this panel, professionals will share their personal career stories about breaking into the field, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available in the field. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre's team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Participating Panelists

Shaunna Bruton
Youth Engagement Specialist, Plan Canada
Alumna: MA Women's Studies, 2012

I was not someone who always knew that they wanted to "do," but I have always known where my career interests lie. I've long been interested in engaging others in meaningful ways and tackling gender inequalities, both locally and globally. I have been lucky enough to secure an amazing role at Plan Canada that fulfills those interests; I engage youth across Canada to think critically about the issues girls face globally, and then support their efforts to address gender inequalities through the Because I am a Girl initiative.


Susan Gapka
Chair, Trans Lobby Group
Personal website: www.susangapka.org
Alumna: Political Science, 2009

Susan Gapka is known as a tireless and effective campaigner for social justice and highlights her record addressing issues of affordable housing, post secondary education, mental health, community safety, and LGBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans) issues.


William Payne
Mexico Project Strategy Committee, Peace Brigades International
Phd (in progress) Critical Human Geography

I have worked as an international human rights advocate in Mexico, Colombia, Canada and the West Bank and have held coordination roles with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), the Canadian Council for International Cooperation, and CERLAC. My research is focused on human rights violations of sexual/gender minorities in contexts marked by organized violence and impunity. As a Rotary Peace Fellow, I hold a masters degree in International Relations from Universidad del Salvador (Argentina). I am currently a member of Peace Brigades International's (PBI) Emergency Response Committee and its Mexico Project's Strategy Committee. I am also a past member of PBI's International Council and CPT's Steering Committee.


Amanda Rose
Manager, Canadian Programs, Save the Children Canada
Alumna: MSW Social Work, 2010

As a former youth in care, I have always wanted to make a change in how the world treats children and youth. I have always been driven by education, a right that I was finally able to access at the age of 14. I have also been driven by the voice of others - young people. I gained most of my knowledge by listening to others. One of my favourite activities in the field of working with children, youth, families and communities, is supporting the growth of self-advocacy.


Nomusa Taylor-Dube
Consultant, Taylor Dube
Alumna: BA, International Development Studies and Political Science, 2010

Iíve spent most of my career in Africa working for various NGOs and humanitarian organizations, including:

  • Microfinance projects with Engineers Without Borders, Ghana
  • Implementing refugee health services with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR), Ethiopia and Somalia
  • Life skills programming for young offenders at Pollsmoor Prison, South Africa
  • Developing mHealth and mAgricultural systems with mSurvey, Kenya

I currently work for myself as a private consultant for NGOs and humanitarian organizations looking to be leaders in their field, as it relates to technology, innovation and women's health in Africa.

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