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 Executive Director

Esther was born in Nigeria and resides on unceded Algonquin Anishinaabeg territory.

Esther has been a community builder in Ottawa since she was 19 and has had a passion for social justice and community advocacy particularly for marginalized and racialized communities. Esther has extensive experience facilitating community conversations surrounding gender-based violence, sexual health, drug education, harm reduction and survivor advocacy. Esther is the founder and current executive director at Project Agape, a Black survivor-led organization that supports Black individuals who have experienced violence. 

Esther believes in education that is built on an intersectional lens, is trauma-informed, meets community members where they are and encourages collective growth and learning. She believes that we are all producers of knowledge as much as we are receivers, particularly in situations where we have lived experiences, our voices matter in the work being done and stories being told.



Programs and Operations Manager

Eniola joined Project Agape as she supports the mission of the organization. She is happy to be part of a organization that gives back to the community and educative methods to aid people who have experienced domestic violence. In the Ottawa community, there are not enough resources for BIPOC people and Project Agape provides just that.
As the director of events and a black women, she believes she can brainstorm events that will properly cater to the BIPOC community who are victims of domestic & sexual abuse, as she is a survivor. 



Executive Assistant

Hannah joined Project Agape because she supports our mission to help BIPOCl survivors gain access to crucial resources that bridge the  inequalities they face in society.
She is passionate about breaking generational curses. 
To her, Victim Advocacy is providing the information, support and resources necessary for survivors to heal. It is healing that takes an intersectional approach at gender-based violence.
A part of Survivor Justice is fostering and nurturing healing that will have a meaningful impact on many generations to come.



Research and Policy Lead

 Emma is originally from Ghana but grew up in the GTA. She is bilingual in English and French. Emma is responsible for ensuring all initiatives are backed by peer-reviewed, current research. Emma provides research upon request to other executive members. In 2021, Emma received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa with a specialization in Conflict Studies and Human Rights. She also works for the Government of Canada as a Policy Officer. Her professional background also includes work in Canadian nonprofit and labour rights sectors. 



Project Coordinator and Facilitator

Anaya has completed second degree in the Assaulted Women and Children’s Counsellor and Advocate program at GBC in Toronto. Due to, unfortunate, past experiences and a passion for wellness, abundance and social justice, she found herself in positions like these - trying to make a change and work with survivors like herself.



Outreach Director

Ségolène was born in Toronto and moved to Ottawa in 2018 to attend Carleton University, where she graduated with a BA in Psychology and a minor in French with a stream in community mental health and well-being.  She is passionate about promoting mental health and well-being within BIPOC communities. She has extensive experience in research, administration, and crisis intervention & de-escalation. She works in administration for the federal government and does part-time crisis counselling where she supports members of the Ottawa/Gatineau community who are crisis or need resources. She joined this organization because she is passionate about promoting wellness and survivor support. She believes a major component of victim advocacy is not only survivor justice but healing and how we can promote wellness and healing for victims through empowerment, building community and supporting them in reclaiming their agency. As the Director of Outreach, she hopes to use her connections within the community to help Project Agape grow. In addition, she hopes to bring her knowledge and passion for victim advocacy and wellness promotion to Project Agape.



Communications Director

Kawthar is a graduate student in Philosophy with a background in science, including Psychology. She is trilingual in English, French, and Arabic. As Communications Director, she is responsible for curating, organizing and maintaining the social media and brand of Project Agape. Through this, she collaborates with the team to ensure that the mission of the organization is well-represented. Her previous experience and interest in the law and research also guides her work at PA.

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