Executive Director, Barbra Schlifer Clinic in Toronto
Amanda Dale is the Executive Director of the Barbra Schlifer Clinic in Toronto. The Clinic provides legal support, counseling, and interpretation services to 3500 women annually, who experience violence.
Amanda started her work in women’s anti-violence work as a shelter worker in Toronto the 1980s. Since then, she has worked as a counselor, group worker, manager, director and executive director. She has worked with women’s groups in Toronto, across Canada (including living for eight months in Nunavut, leading the development of pan-territorial support for shelters) as well as in Sudan and Ghana, where she collaborated with women’s advocacy groups to combat violence against women.
Amanda was part of the steering committee of the No Religious Arbitration Committee, and led the YWCA’s participation in both the advocacy that led to reform to the Ontario Arbitration Act and the follow-up public legal education aimed at marginalized women.
She was a consultant to the so-called Jane Doe Audit with the Auditor general of the City of Toronto, and subsequently with the Toronto Police Services Board to oversee the implementation of the two sets of audit recommendations on how police should respond to the crime of sexual assault.
Amanda is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Inter Pares, a feminist global social justice organization active in food security, violence against women prevention and access to democratic rights. She is also on the board of directors of the Woman Abuse Council of Toronto.
She holds a Masters in Social and Political Thought from the University of Sussex (UK), a Post-Graduate Certificate from The Humber College School for Writers, and an honours BA from the University of Toronto, Joint Specialist in Women’s Studies and Political Science. Amanda is currently working on her Masters in International Human Rights Law part-time at Oxford University.