Action Canada announces Kara Gillies as new executive director

This week, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights announces with great excitement that Kara Gillies will join the organization as Executive Director following a competitive hiring process.

Kara has been leading non-profit and advocacy organizations for over 20 years and brings a breadth of sexual and reproductive health and rights experience to Action Canada. Most recently, she was the Executive Director of the abortion clinic Choice in Health and she currently sits on the Board of Directors of the National Abortion Federation (Canada). Previously, Kara held senior leadership roles, including that of Executive Director, at both HIV and sex worker rights organizations. She has organized and written on migrant rights, sex work, and reproductive justice.

“I am honoured to join Action Canada and its incredible team of passionate staff, Board of Directors, supporters, and rights-holders,” said Kara. “I know the organization will continue to grow and thrive as we work together to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights for all. I am invigorated by Action Canada’s ongoing commitment to an anti-racist, intersectional framework, and I am excited to help lead their national and global initiatives.”

“In its first five years, Action Canada saw extraordinary growth from a small organization with a few staff members to a leading voice on sexual health and rights in Canada and internationally. Kara brings a wealth of knowledge on key advocacy areas including sex work decriminalization and reproductive justice, her strength in organizing communities, and her years of experience managing and transforming innovative social justice organizations. Kara is an inclusive, collaborative leader and we know she will revitalize and strengthen our work,” said Cathy Steven, Board Chair.

Action Canada’s Board of Directors thanks Acting Executive Director Frédérique Chabot for taking on the interim role in June 2020. Kara will join the organization in January 2021.


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Posted on 2020-11-16
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