Join Us For 'Cannabis: Herstory' On October 28
In an industry that has long been predominantly male-dominated, Cannabis: Herstory is an evening to celebrate some of the women who have championed the cannabis industry for decades. The purpose is to highlight the contributions made by each panelist to eliminate the stigma surrounding medical cannabis and to discuss the opportunities and limitations presented by the current MMPR system (for both women and the community), using their own unique experiences and teachings.
Who are these incredible women and what do they bring to this event? We’re glad you asked.
Hilary Black – Bedrocan
Founder of the British Columbia Compassion Club Society (BCCCS), the first medical cannabis dispensary in Canada, Hilary has consulted for the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabis (CCIC), and was a co-author of The Patient Handbook on Medical Cannabis with Dr. Danial Schecter and Dr. Mark Ware. In 2013, she received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, recognizing an outstanding contribution to Canada for founding the BCCCS, and for 17 years of patient advocacy. Ms. Black’s is responsible for managing Bedrocan’s patient education and outreach initiatives, as well as the Patient Advisory Board.
Theresa Kozak - Tweed Inc.
Theresa Kozak graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Social Work in 1997. She is currently enrolled at McMaster University in the Masters of Social Work program. Ms. Kozak entered the Cannabis Industry in 2009 as the Intake Worker, Volunteer Coordinator, and Staff Supervisor with H.U.M.A.N, a Toronto-based medical marihuana dispensary. Theresa went on to become the Client Services Manager for MedCannAccess and is currently employed as the Manager of Community Engagement Centres at Tweed, overseeing the operations of three community-based cannabis resource centres located throughout South-Western Ontario. Ms. Kozak is registered in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.
Jenna is a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto in Sociology and the Collaborative Program in Addiction Studies. Her dissertation work focuses on the medical cannabis industry alongside an established social movement for access. As part of her work, Jenna spent a year in the field, working with a Toronto based dispensary before completing 60 in depth interviews with Licensed Producers and dispensaries across Canada. She is a strong advocate for evidence based drug policy reform, and in that capacity is Vice-President of Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy and an active volunteer for NORML Canada. She is also Vice-Chair of WomenGrow Toronto. In an effort to make her work more public, Jenna has also been published in the Globe and Mail, Rabble, and is a regular blogger for Lift Cannabis and Huffington Post.
Erin Prosk – Sante Cannabis
Erin is the co-founder of Santé Cannabis, whose mission is to re-integrate cannabis into the practice of medicine and pharmacy. Santé Cannabis is an evolution of her dispensary work, in that the focus continues to be on facilitating access and filling gaps in the regulatory framework.
Mandy McKnight – Accidental Activist
Mandy McKnight became an ‘accidental’ advocate for safe access to medical marijuana when her son Liam had reached the end of his medical journey with conventional therapies. Liam suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a rare and catastrophic form of epilepsy for which there currently is no cure and treatment options are extremely limited. At 7 years old, he is one of the younger medical marijuana patients authorized through the MMPR.
Over the last two years after witnessing the incredible progress that Liam has made since starting cannabis as a treatment for his seizures, Mandy has become a vocal advocate for kids and cannabis. She sits on the Patient Advisory Board of Bedrocan Canada, where she hopes to bring a voice for parents and caregivers of pediatric patients suffering from devastating illnesses.
Lisa Campbell – CSSDP & Women Grow
Lisa Campbell has been the Outreach Director for Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy since 2013 and is the founder of Women Grow Toronto. As a Masters of Environmental Studies graduate, Lisa focused her research on how youth activists are utilizing mobile phones for social change. As the former TRIP! Project Coordinator and having worked as the manager of a needle exchange, Lisa has worked with a diversity of young people who use drugs and continues to advocate for drug policy reform across the globe. Most recently she has joined the Pot TV Network as the co-host of TMZ with Matt Mernagh at Vapor Central.
Donisha Prendergast – Youth Voice for Marley Family
Granddaughter of the late Bob Marley, Donisha is a filmmaker and Human Rights Activist, and also acts as the Youth Voice for the Marley Family.
Cannabis: Herstory will be an intimate evening of discussion shared from the perspective of the women who are working and living within today's cannabis industry. We hope to deconstruct the stigma associated with cannabis, identify how we are all connected, and encourage an open dialogue for the future of this industry.
If you’d like to join us on October 28, please visit our Eventbrite page to secure a ticket. Much like the Women Grow events, we expect seats to fill up quickly, so don’t miss out!
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