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Liz Bernstein


Executive Director

Liz Bernstein is the founding Director of the Nobel Women’s Initiative. Previously, Liz served as Coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) from 1998 through 2004. Liz participated in the campaign since it began in the early 1990s. She lived in Thailand and Cambodia for 10 years (1986-1996), where she worked with local peace and justice advocacy organizations and co-founded the Coalition for Peace and Reconciliation. In 2005, she coordinated Make Poverty History Canada. Liz currently lives in Ottawa, Canada and is a co-founder of Ecology Ottawa .

Liz can be reached at lbernstein@nobelwomensinitiative.org.

Tel: +1.613.569.8400 ext. 111
Fax: +1.613.691.1419

Rachel Vincent

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Director, Media and Communications

Rachel Vincent is the Director of Media and Communications for Nobel Women’s Initiative. She joined the team in April 2008. Rachel started her career as a radio journalist, working for six years in Canada, the US and Mexico, including hosting an afternoon radio program in Mexico City. She left journalism to be the head of communications for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, based in Montreal. For the last 16 years, Rachel has turned her in-depth understanding of media towards advising NGO’s and others on how to communicate their messages most effectively through media. She has worked as a senior communications advisor, speechwriter and media strategist for not-for-profit groups and governments on international and social justice issues, environment and health. Rachel is an active mother of three and stepmother of two.

Rachel can be reached at rvincent@nobelwomensinitiative.org.

Tel: +1.613.569.8400 ext. 113
Fax: +1.613.691.1419

Diana Sarosi


Manager, Policy and Advocacy

Diana previously worked with Nonviolence International Southeast Asia promoting nonviolent action for social change and assisting human rights defenders in the region in developing their advocacy strategies. This led her to establish the Working Group on Justice for Peace promoting political rights and access to justice through international advocacy within the conflict area of Southern Thailand. As a passionate peace activist, she has been engaged in global initiatives to stop disappearances and campaigns to control arms; and has conducted extensive research on small arms proliferation in conflict areas, the impact of conflict on women’s security and nonviolence in Burma. Diana holds a MA in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford with a research focus on women, peace and security.

Diana can be reached at dsarosi@nobelwomensinitiative.org.

Tel: +1.613.569.8400 ext. 112
Fax: +1.613.691.1419

Kat Walsh

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Events and Operations Coordinator (Acting)
Before joining the Nobel Women’s Initiative, Kathleen was the Operations Coordinator at the Rideau Institute, and has planned and aided in a variety of campaigns and events for NGO and non-profit clients with Public Response, an Ottawa-based consultancy. She has worked and volunteered for a number of organizations including the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Equal Voice, Famous 5 Ottawa, and is a campaigner for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Kathleen has an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she recently completed her studies, specializing in gender and international development.

Kat can be reached at kwalsh@nobelwomensinitiative.org.

Tel: +1.613.569.8400 ext. 116
Fax: +1.613.691.1419

Ashley Armstrong

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Coordinator, Online Media and Outreach (Acting)
Ashley Armstrong is the Online Media & Outreach Coordinator (Acting) with the Nobel Women’s Initiative and Coordinator of the Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program. Ashley is committed to using her passion for writing to promote improved social justice policies – particularly those that impact women and children. She is a strong advocate for women’s increased representation in government and women’s participation at decision-making tables. She has contributed her skills to women’s organizations in the Ottawa area, including Informed Opinions and Equal Voice. Ashley is dedicated to promoting women’s and children’s rights in Latin America, and has worked with a variety of organizations in Honduras.

Ashley can be reached at aarmstrong@nobelwomensinitiative.org.

Tel: +1.613.569.8400 ext. 114
Fax: +1.613.691.1419

Rosella Chibambo

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Coordinator, International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict
Rosella Chibambo is a freelance writer, media development and non-profit communications professional focused on amplifying marginalized voices and social justice activism. The Calgary, AB native has reported on human rights and development in Rwanda and navigated Calgary’s concrete jungle as a writer for Avenue magazine. Before joining the Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict as a Campaign Associate, Rosella was working with Journalists for Human Rights in northern Tanzania.

Rosella can be reached at rchibambo@stoprapeinconflict.org.

Tel: +1.613.569.8400 ext. 118
Fax: +1.613.691.1419

Julie Jenkins

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Finance Manager

Julie is a Certified General Accountant with an extensive background and more than 20 years of experience in many areas of accounting. Julie provides senior financial support and training on varied accounting software packages and has implemented internal systems of control for a wide variety of companies. Her focus is on the not for profit sector, preparing yearly budgets, forecasts, external and internal financial reporting, all related working papers to comply with yearly external audits, prepares charity returns, and corporate T2 returns.

Julie can be reached at info@nobelwomensinitiative.org.

Tel: +1.613.569.8400 ext. 116
Fax: +1.613.691.1419

Elly Adeland

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Events and Operations Coordinator
(Currently on leave until August 2016)

Elly Adeland is the Events & Operations Coordinator for the Nobel Women’s Initiative. Elly is originally from Chicago, Illinois and currently lives in Chelsea, Quebec. Elly is committed to environmental and social justice issues and has volunteered and worked with organizations, such as The Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, The North American Association for Environmental Education and The Polaris Institute. Prior to joining the Nobel Women’s Initiative Elly worked for three years as the Director of Operations for The Otesha Project—a Canadian youth-led charitable organization that uses experiential learning, theatre and bicycle tours to engage the public to take action for a more equitable and sustainable world.

Elly can be reached at eadeland@nobelwomensinitiative.org.

Tel: +1.613.569.8400 ext. 116
Fax: +1.613.691.1419

Kimberley MacKenzie


Coordinator, Online Media and Outreach
(Currently on leave until August 2016)

Kimberley MacKenzie is the Online Media and Outreach Coordinator for the Nobel Women’s Initiative. Prior to this she worked for five years at the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization. There she was the founding Coordinator of the Public Education Program, responsible for devising and implementing public education, cross cultural training, advocacy, and communications strategies and programming for the organization. She studied Political Science and has a passion for travel and learning languages.

Kim can be reached at kmackenzie@nobelwomensinitiative.org.

Tel: +1.613.569.8400 ext. 114
Fax: +1.613.691.1419



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