The Board of Directors of Parkdale Community Legal Services is thrilled to announce the appointment of Kara Gillies as Clinic Director beginning April 11, 2022.
Kara brings over twenty years’ experience as a leader in the non-profit sector. Her vast experience in working alongside communities to advocate for social justice and in developing successful law reform campaigns informed by the lived experiences of community members, together with her deep commitment to equity, anti-racism, and anti-oppression position her as an outstanding leader for PCLS.
Kara’s connections with the Parkdale community go back many years, to when she first worked with PCLS staff to secure the rights of sex workers. Since that time, Kara has served in leadership roles in a variety of community-based, social justice, and interdisciplinary contexts, including
Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project, Hassle Free Clinic, Voices of Positive Women Support Services, Choice in Health Clinic, and most recently as the ED of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights.
We are very much looking forward to working alongside Kara, PCLS staff and students, and the Parkdale community to ensure that the vital work of PCLS in supporting the community and fighting for social justice continues.
We also want to express our sincere gratitude to John No, who has served so brilliantly and humbly as our Interim Clinic Director for the past 13 months, and to Tenzin Tekan and Wendy Atkinson who have stepped up in countless ways to assist in the Clinic’s management.
PCLS Board of Directors