Rural Response Counsellor, Family Transition Place, Rural Response Program, Orangeville, ON
Workshop title • We Need to Talk About … Abuse Experienced by Women
Workshop overview: Woman abuse is a shadow pandemic. Communities need to work together to avoid social, health, and economic impacts. Learn more about the harms of abuse and your role in helping end violence against women.
Keely has been involved in the social services field since 2002, working in various capacities, such as, Early Childhood, Infant Development, Addictions, Child Welfare, Child and Family Play Therapy ( Psychotherapy), Mental Health and Domestic Violence. Keely follows an anti-oppressive, trauma informed, person-led approach where the person is supported to lead their own care and treated as a person first.
Currently, Keely works with Family Transition Place’s Rural Response Program (RRP) providing free, domestic violence services to reduce barriers for women impacted by violence or abuse who reside in rural Dufferin County. Within this role Keely has supported individuals by providing counselling, case management, safety planning, abuse education, advocacy and systems navigation support.
Keely has a rooted connection with the efforts made by the Rural Response Program. She herself grew up and continues to reside in a rural, farming community, learning very quickly about the barriers that women in rural, isolated, communities face when requiring support. With lived experience, Keely brings a professional and personal passion and insight to her work and approach. She not only seeks to provide equitable services for women in the rural areas (specifically those impacted by abuse and violence) but, aims to empower, strengthen, and educate individuals to find their internal and external wellness and hope.
Keely holds an Under Graduate Degree in Women Studies & Sociology, Early Childhood Education Diploma and Certification in Child and Family Play Therapy and has a Masters of Social Work in process.
Coming from rural roots, she is now an impassioned advocate for bridging the urban/rural divide and driving change within the broader agriculture innovation ecosystem in Canada.