Margaret always offers a thoughtful and considerate approach to activism, human rights issues and life in general. She is a pleasure to work with and remains open and accessible to AI members and anyone concerned about human rights. As an active member of the AITO Speaker’s Bureau, Margaret never shies away from opportunities to spread the word about Amnesty International’s life-saving work to community groups, university campuses and high schools. Thank you Margaret for all the work you do on the Executive Committee of AI and for staying grounded in the local activism here in the GTA!
Margaret is an asset to this organization and our mission to promote human rights; she always contributes her time and energy with passion and purpose. Margaret is a reflective thinker who takes time to process how decisions will impact our message and the people we work with and for. I value this quality about Margaret deeply. She also supports many AI members personally through regular check-ins and warmth and encouragement, AI-related and otherwise. She is someone I am proud to know, proud to work with and proud to learn from.
In Margaret’s words:
“I went to my first Amnesty meeting while I was an undergraduate student at Queen’s. Stephanie Coward (a long term AI member) was a guest speaker at that meeting – and gave an incredibly moving talk about the death penalty. I’ve been involved with Amnesty ever since.
Over the years I have taken on many different AI roles, including director of letter-writing at my university group, member of the AITO Speaker’s Bureau, and member of the Executive Committee. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that my Amnesty work has given me to learn more about human rights issues, and to meet great people doing great things. I have a particular interest in Amnesty’s work with respect to the rights of Indigenous peoples.
I am currently working as a human rights lawyer in Toronto. Before going to law school, I worked as a teacher in Canada’s Far North.”
Margaret is a terrific colleague on the board, and a wonderful person generally. She’s thoughtful and caring, not to mention super smart.