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Gisela RuebsaatGisela Ruebsaat
Victoria, BC
Nominated by: Multilingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities (MOSAIC)

Gisela Ruebsaat (BA LL.B.) is an independent legal analyst, writer and scholar. She has played a lead role in key justice reform initiatives throughout her career. As an analyst for EVA BC, Gisela worked with police, corrections and community advocates to design and implement provincial anti-violence programs to improve access to justice for marginalized women. Many of these BC-born initiatives are now being adopted by other Canadian provinces and territories. Gisela also worked at the Ontario Ministries of Attorney General, and Citizenship and Culture, developing race relations, human rights and multiculturalism policies. Gisela received the Silver Medal Award from the Ontario government and the BC Building a Safer Future Award for her anti-violence work. In 2006 Gisela co-authored the groundbreaking unfounded study which documented police misclassification of sexual assault cases, ultimately leading to a national review of police practices. Gisela is an accomplished poet and scholar whose work has appeared in both literary and academic journals. Her writing investigates the role of legal and literary language: how it can help us unearth memories and histories associated with social injustice. Her debut poetry collection, Heart Mechanic, was published in 2016. Gisela is Associate Editor of the Canadian Review of Art Education.