Our Team



Bonnie Brayton - National Exective Director

A recognized leader in both the feminist and disability movements, Bonnie Brayton has been the National Executive Director of the DisAbled Women’s Network (DAWN) Canada since May 2007.  In this role, she has proven herself as a formidable advocate for women with disabilities here in Canada and internationally. During her tenure with DAWN Canada, Ms. Brayton has worked diligently to highlight key issues that impact the lives of women with disabilities in regards to health equity, housing, employment and violence.

Ms. Brayton’s commitment to women with disabilities spreads further than her office. She is also the President of Coup de Balai – Clean Sweepers, an innovative social enterprise which provides home care services to people with disabilities and seniors in her Montreal community

Ms. Brayton lives in Montreal with her partner Delmar Medford.  She has two adult daughters, Leah and Virginia.

To contact Bonnie Brayton: (514) 396-0009 EXT. 2502 / admin@dawncanada.net


Bára Hladík - Human Rights Officer

Bára Hladík is a queer disabled writer, facilitator, interdisciplinary artist and researcher born to Czech Roma political migrants in Ktunaxa Territory. She is the author of Book of Mirrors (Ghost City Press) and co-author of Behind the Curtain (Publication Studio). She is now based in Tiohtiá:ke, Montréal and is part of the team at DAWN Canada.

(514) 396-0009 EXT. 2505 / bara@dawncanada.net



Hanane Khales - Communications Coordinator

Hanane Khales is a Marketing Professional with 14-year experiences in managing marketing projects internationally and in communications. Hanane has succesfully obtained a certificate in Digital Content and Community Management at McGill University. She is a member of the communications team of the DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada (DAWN Canada).

To contact Hanane Khales: (514) 396-0009 EXT. 2505 / communications@dawncanada.net


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Avery Burrow - Communications Officer

Avery Burrow is a queer, neurodiverse writer and event coordinator. She is the co-founder of Vice Versa Productions, an organization celebrating queer arts and culture, and has over three years experience in marketing and event management for the non-profit sector. She joined DAWN in 2020 as an event coordinator and is thrilled to be continuing as an official member of the communications team. She holds a BA in Translation with a Minor in Theatre from Concordia University.

To contact Avery Burrow: avery@dawncanada.net


Kanitha Nhek - Community Outreach Coordinator

With a background in marketing and event management, Kanitha worked for many years in the Canadian sports industry advocating healthy and active lifestyle, for women and kids. In the last 3 years she went to Cambodia to build an athletic community center and to discover a country her parents had to flee due to the war. Now back in Canada and always passionate about creating and promoting positive change in society, Kanitha joins us at The DisAbled Women's Network of Canada as the Community Outreach coordinator.

(514) 396-0009 EXT: 2509 / kanitha@dawncanada.net 


Karine Myrgianie Jean-François - Director of Operations

With a background in law, Karine-Myrgianie has worked in the community sector in feminist and/or youth-oriented organizations for the past 10 years. Born in Tiohtià:ke, this Black queer woman is passionate about social justice for minoritized communities which drives her activism. She joined the amazing DAWN team in January 2017 as the Senior Project Manager at DisAbled Women's Network of Canada. Being a feminist since her teenage years, she writes, performs and co-hosts a podcast. This eternal optimist believes in the power of communities and knows that we as folks that are always put at the margin have the power to change our world!

To contact Karine Myrgianie Jean-François: (514) 396-0009 EXT: 2506 / projects@dawncanada.net 



Nelly Bassily - Manager of the Youth Initiatives and International Relationships

Nelly Bassily is an intersectional feminist, sexual rights, and anti-racism activist and media maker with over 12 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Born to Egyptian parents in Montreal, immigration, diaspora, and identity also inform her activism. She is currently a project officer at DAWN Canada and focuses her work on young women with disabilities and Deaf young women. Previously, she worked on the young feminist activism program at the Association for Women's Rights in Development. She is currently learning American Sign Language and co-hosts a feminist radio show called Des sorcières commes les autres on CKUT 90,3 FM.

To contact Nelly Bassily: (514) 396-0009 EXT 2507 / agente@dawncanada.net



Sonia Alimi - Research Coordinator

It was during her Master's in Sociology that Sonia first incorporated DAWN Canada's team. With a research on the feminist activism of women with disabilities, DAWN offered her a privileged search ground. In view of the preliminary results, she chooses to settle in Canada for a PhD in sociology majoring in feminist studies and research. Her thesis will focus on the same topics as her Master's research, and will look specifically on oppressions related to racism, sexism and ableism.

(514) 396-0009 / recherche@dawncanada.net



Sophia Sahrane - Project Coordinator

Sophia Sahrane is a BIPOC activist and afrofeminist from Montreal focusing her efforts against anti-black racism, misogynoir, the criminalization and policing of racialized bodies, involved in community organizations and initiatives like the Librairie Racines and Hoodstock. She also focuses her activism, community organizing, and research on the lack of representation and erasure of Black folk in education, archives, and throughout history which perpetuates white dominance and the subordination of Black, Indigenous and racialized peoples. She is working on establishing a Black studies program at Concordia University, where she graduated from the School of Community, Public Affairs and Public Policy, and is completing a masters certificate in archiving at UQAM. Sophia is currently working at the Disabled women's network Canada (DAWN) as Project coordinator.

(514) 396-0009 / sophia@dawncanada.net



Tamara Williams - Administrative Assistant

Tamara Medford-Williams is presently Administrative Assistant at The DisAbled Women’s Network (DAWN) Canada. Having immersed herself in the study of Business Administration and Accounting at Dawson College, she served as a Financial Service Representative at TD Canada Trust where she was promoted to Training & Development Supervisor. Tamara has a heart for people and volunteers with various community organizations, while also running her own outreach program at Bethlehem United Church .Currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences program at Concordia University, Tamara is majoring in Human Relations and Anthropology, and is in the final year of acquiring her diploma in Family Life Education. Her passion is to help bring healing and personal development to youth and families who have been through traumatic experiences; motivating them to be the best versions of themselves.

(514) 396-0009 / assistant@dawncanada.net