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Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic director Dale to step down in April

Monday, February 25, 2019 @ 2:01 PM | By John Chunn

The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic board of directors announced that it has received the resignation of the clinic’s executive director Amanda Dale, who will be stepping down on April 4, 2019.

Dale is leaving Toronto and moving to the National Capital Region to be with family and to focus on her post-doctoral fellowship at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School.

The board has appointed Deepa Mattoo interim executive director during the search for Dale’s replacement.

According to the clinic’s press release, since joining the clinic in 2010, Dale has propelled the clinic to the forefront of public attention, advocating at all levels of the government for women’s rights, and particularly those of marginalized women whose rights are at risk of under-representation.

Throughout her tenure, the clinic intervened in multiple legal test cases affecting women who experience violence, launched a Charter challenge to Canada’s destruction of the gun registry, and intervened at the Supreme Court of Canada on the relevance of The Hague Convention for women who experience domestic violence.

Under Dale’s leadership, the clinic modernized its intake process, including a best-in-class risk assessment and safety planning protocol that is now the subject of two funded projects.

“I feel that now is the time to pass the torch to a new leader, who can lead the clinic through the continuum of work required to enhance services for women who have experienced violence,” said Dale.

“I have both guided and been guided by, the board, staff, volunteers and students who bring their enthusiasm and fresh approaches, and of course most of all, the clients, whose strength and right to live free from violence has been the core inspiration for all my work,” she added. “Being a custodian of this community treasure has been a highlight of my career, and I can think of no better way to leave the Toronto service sector than as having counted the Schlifer Clinic as my home.”

Board president Kathleen Murphy acknowledged Dale’s significant contributions to the clinic.

“Amanda’s leadership, knowledge and devotion to the protection of women’s rights will be deeply missed at the clinic,” she said. “But,” she continued, “among her many successes and achievements include building an exceptional team of passionate and determined women who will continue to advocate on behalf of under-represented women, ensuring those who pass through the clinic’s doors, leave empowered to live free from violence.”