The Women Behind the WLMP

2013- 2014 WLMP Strategic Coordinating Committee Members

The Strategic Coordinating Committee oversees the day-to-day operation of the WLMP. The volunteer chairs and co-chairs coordinate the peer-to-peer mentorship program, the student-lawyer mentorship program, and the professional development events.

Sophie Arseneault, General Coordinating Chair
Nora Refai, Organization/Alumna Coordinating Chair
Surinder Multani, Peer Mentorship Coordinating Co-Chair
Mayoori Malankov, Peer Mentorship Coordinating Co-Chair (On-leave)
Sukhman Grewal, Professional Development and Events Coordinating Chair
Giselle Salinas, Diversity Coordinating Co-Chair
Samantha Peters, Diversity Coordinating Co-Chair

2012- 2013 WLMP Strategic Coordinating Committee Members

Charlotte Wolters, General Coordinating Chair

Carolynne Burkholder, Sr. Communications Coordinating Co-Chair

Aida Aghajan, Communications Coordinating Co-Chair

Sasha Toten, Sr. Professional Development & Events Coordinating Co-Chair

Pascal Ouellette, French Common Law Coordinating Chair

Amna Qureshi, Diversity Coordinating Co-Chair

Giselle Salinas, Diversity Coordinating Co-Chair

Sophie Arseneault, Student-Lawyer Mentorship Coordinating Chair

2012- 2013 WLMP Executive Committee Members

The Executive Committee advises the Strategic Coordinating Committee on long-term goals and plans.

Charlotte Wolters, General Coordinating Chair

Aida Aghajan, Communications Coordinating Co-Chair

Sophie Arseneault, Student-Lawyer Mentorship Coordinating Chair

Pascal Ouellette, French Common Law Coordinating Chair

2011- 2012 WLMP Strategic Coordinating Committee Members

Charlotte Wolters, General Coordinating Chair (October 2010 – present)

Devanne O’Brien, Communications Coordinating Chair (March 2011 – May 2012)

Sasha Toten, Professional Development & Events Coordinating Chair (March 2011 – present)

Taslenna Shairulla, Fund Development Coordinating Co-Chair (April 2011 – May 2012)

Carolynne Burkholder, Fund Development Coordinating Co-Chair (April 2011 – May 2012)

Prubjoth Sidhu, Diversity Coordinating Chair (August 2011 – May 2012)

Kristen Thomasen, Third Year & Articling Coordinating Chair (March 2011-May 2012)

Sophie Arseneault, Peer Mentorship Coordinating Chair (November 2011 – May 2012), Student-Lawyer Mentorship Coordinating Co-Chair (March 2011 – present)

Elise Quinn, French Common Law Coordinating Chair (November 2011 – May 2012)

2011- 2012 WLMP Executive Committee Members

Charlotte Wolters, General Coordinating Chair
Student-Lawyer Mentorship Coordinating Co-Chair

Devanne O’Brien, Communications Coordinating Chair

Sasha Toten, Professional Development & Events Coordinating Chair

WLMP Co-Founders

The WLMP was spearheaded by Charlotte Wolters in October 2010, when she approached her law school professor about setting up an integrated feminist mentorship program. The concept stemmed from her previous professional experience and from observing the law school’s student culture.

During informal surveys with her classmates, Wolters found that women had a clear desire to create a peer-to-peer network, a student-lawyer mentorship program, and a series of hands-on professional development workshops. Through her research of other law schools, mentorship programs, and feminist groups, she discovered that there are no equivalent programs in Canada.

Wolters created a concept brief, which was circulated to feminist faculty members at the University of Ottawa. After securing faculty support, Wolters then recruited eight other feminist law students to create the WLMP.

The co-founders of the WLMP are:

Charlotte Wolters (October 2010 – Present), General Coordinating Chair (Core Founder)

Devanne O’Brien (March 2011 – May 2012), Communications Coordinating Chair

Sasha Toten (March 2011 – Present), Professional Development & Events Coordinating Chair

Taslenna Shairulla (April 2011 – May 2012), Fund Development Coordinating Co-Chair

Carolynne Burkholder (April 2011 – Present), Fund Development Co-Chair

Prubjoth Sidhu (August 2011 – May 2012), Diversity Coordinating Chair

Saron Ghebressellassie (April – August 2011), Diversity Coordinating Chair

Kristen Thomasen (March 2011 – May 2012), Third Year & Articling Coordinating Chair

Mikaila Greene (March – October 2011), Third Year & Articling Coordinating Chair

 

 

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