Nominated by: Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County
Caitlin MacDonald is a community advocate, support worker and feminist artist/activist working on unceeded traditional Algonquin territory making feminist change, supporting young women and fellow survivors of sexual violence. Caitlin works with the Girls Rising Empowerment Program (Community Resource Centre Killaloe) to support rural girls/young women to understand their right to be safe, healthy, heard and themselves in their communities. Using media literacy and arts activism her program creates space for girls/young women to explore their personal voices and practice self-expression to create girl positive communities. Caitlin actively works to address sexual and gender based violence as a member of End Violence Against Women- Renfrew County EVA, by volunteering time to staff the Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County’s 24/7 Support and Crisis Line, and through arts engagement projects including Sing Out for Consent Culture Workshop Project (Sexual Assault the Road Show, Renfrew County Fall 2017) and working as a contributor to the Countdown Public Art Monument Project to Honour Survivors of Sexual Assault. Other arts activist projects include female gaze self-portraits, The Girls Room (York University washroom pop-up gallery), beauty standard diy short film projects, rural/urban youth murals, performing in the all women bands The Sonoritas and Ladyslipper.