About the organizers


The Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women gathers the voices of over 40 community agencies devoted to ending gender-based violence (GBV) and violence against women (VAW). Since 2009, OCTEVAW's MANifest Change project has engaged men and boys through public conversations, working with young men in high schools and universities, and training youth workers across Ottawa. The public workshop series shares what we've learned over the years with community members.

The public workshop series is guided by OCTEVAW staff and community advisors, and delivered by trained MANifest Change volunteer facilitators. You can connect with the organizers at men@octevaw-cocvff.ca or (613) 400 - 8727.


Ariane Wylie (co-facilitator) is a sexual health educator at Planned Parenthood Ottawa. She is passionate about helping people to access information and develop the skills they need to build happy, healthy, and pleasurable sexual relationships.

Jan van Heuzen (co-facilitator) has facilitated workshops for MANifest Change as an OCTEVAW volunteer for two years. He studied Sociology of Gender in Amsterdam, and has conducted research in sex work policies and the justice system.


Amina Doreh (advisor)
 is the Public Education Coordinator at SASC Ottawa. As a collective member of SASC Ottawa for 4 years, Amina's expertise is peer to peer support (crisis line, individual/group support) to women-identified people who are survivors of sexual violence. 



Hadiya Hussein (advisor) is the Women’s Advocate at Harmony House, a second stage supportive shelter for women and children fleeing abuse. Hadiya has been involved in the work to end violence against women, children and youth for the past seven years in the Ottawa community, a community that is in unceded Algonquin territory. 


RJ Jones (advisor) is the Vice-President of the Board at Kindspace. Full bio coming soon.


Elsa Mirzaei (advisor) is a local musician and advocate for safer music spaces. They are a facilitator for Project Soundcheck, teaching local music festival teams about sexual violence prevention for large events.



Matt Schaaf (staff) coordinates the MANifest Change project at the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women. Matt's work in the field of violence prevention includes collaborations with communities in Colombia, Mexico, Anishnaabe Treaty #3 territory and Winnipeg's inner city.