Carly Bowie, Project Coordinator |   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.

Assefa Janko, Office and Programs Assistant | Assefa has a background in socio-economic research and social justice, and has worked on numerous equity-focused projects internationally. He supports all aspects of CERA’s operations and programs to ensure efficiency and effectiveness within the office, and also provides data management and analysis expertise.

Farzana Khan, Summer Intern  Farzana is a law student at the University of Ottawa and a graduate of the Women & Gender Studies program at the University of Toronto. Farzana previously worked with METRAC Action on Violence to develop resources on housing and tenancy law issues that may affect women experiencing violence. After completing her J.D., Farzana plans to do social justice and advocacy work within low-income communities like the one she grew up in.

Katie Plaizier, Project Manager / Interim Executive 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. In addition to supporting CERA’s direct client services, she oversees responsive community education and outreach initiatives to promote human rights in housing.