Carly Bowie, Human Rights and Housing Lead Caseworker | Carly received her Social Work degree from Ryerson University with a strong emphasis in Political Science. Her focus is on bringing an anti-oppression lens to the housing sector to support tenants. She is passionate about advocating for stronger social policies in affordable housing that increase social inclusion. Carly initially joined us for a student placement and transitioned to a staff member.
Annie Hodgins, Project Manager | Annie manages CERA’s Housing Access, Stabilization and Eviction Prevention direct service program, funded by the City of Toronto. She holds a Master’s degree from York University with a focus on the history of psychology and gender history. Annie is passionate about ensuring that legislation, policy, and services are responsive to the needs of vulnerable populations.
Shanil Patel, Legal Student | Shanil is a law student intern from Queen’s University, and has a background in philosophy. He joined CERA to gain experience and knowledge about human rights advocacy. Shanil hopes his experience at CERA will be the first step towards a career in litigating for disadvantaged groups in Toronto.
Katie Plaizier, Interim Programs Director | Katie has a Master’s in urban planning from the University of Toronto, where she focused on housing, homelessness, and the right to the city. Prior to joining CERA, she worked in the non-profit housing sector and led youth mentorship and outreach initiatives.
Tahera Sharif, Project Assistant | Tahera received her BA from the University of Toronto, where she majored in Women’s and Gender Studies. Prior to joining CERA, she worked with several non-profit organizations helping to develop programs to assist refugees and immigrants.