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Muskoka DART Conference

March 21 & 22, 2024

This Years Speaker

JAMES BOWLER is a local repor ter wi th nearly 10 years covering news in Parry Sound and Muskoka. He also spends his free t ime suppor t ing local organizat ions by joining boards for Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assaul t Services, Mind-Aid Muskoka and Muskoka's Indigenous-focused Hope Arises Project . He has a keen interest in cont inuing to learn more about Indigenous heri tage both locally and Canadawide and is always willing to keep an open mind about his own knowledge on these mat ters and how he can improve or correct his understanding around cul tural issues.

JODI CONTIN is a highly energet ic Anishinaabe Kwe who hails from Wasauksing First Nat ion. Empowering and lif t ing up others is one of the ways she holds space to encourage people to find their path to healing. Caregiving comes naturally to Jodi; she has worked in a variety of capaci t ies in the social services indust ry from being employed as a Child Protect ion Worker and Family Suppor t Worker and Prevent ion Services Supervisor. Current ly Jodi is looking into complet ing her BSW, along wi th learning Anishinabemowin. Through those roles and her volunteer work, she has earned the t rust of many.


MARGARET MacPHERSON has been leading social change ini t iat ives on gender-based violence for over twenty years. She designs projects, curriculum and related materials for CREVAWC ini t iat ives including elder abuse, communi ty coordinat ion, workplace domest ic violence, sexual harassment and violence and exploi tat ion. Margaret also convenes the Building a Bigger Wave network, a provincial network of Violence Against Women Coordinat ing Commi t tees. Margaret is passionate in her belief that everyone has an impor tant cont ribut ion to make in creat ing safe and suppor t ive environments at work and in our communi t ies.


JONI NehRITA invi tes listeners to feel, move and think more wi th her gif t for wri t ing catchy melodies dressed in jazzy chords ready to hi t the beach- south of the border, of course! This knack for sun-drenched melodies and infect ious grooves help her message of equi ty, social change and the cul t ivat ion of compassion to be received like a cool drink on a swel tering day. She leans in toward fearless self-expression and the complexi t ies of what i t is to be a human st riving to be bet ter. The path isn' t easy or linear, but that doesn' t mean i t can' t be joyful along the way.


HUMBERTO CAROLO (he/him) is a globally recognized gender-based violence prevent ion exper t and the Chief Execut ive Officer for Whi te Ribbon. Wi th a focus on engaging men and boys as allies in promot ing gender equali ty and heal thy masculini t ies, he has provided technical assistance and exper t guidance to diverse organizat ions, inst i tut ions, governments, UN agencies, and indust ry sectors around the globe.


NATALI EUALE MONTILLA (she/her) is a facili tator for the OCRCC's BIPOC Front line Workers' Coali t ion Building Project . Her work is cent red on reclaiming ancest ral, cul turally responsive, land-based pract ices for the healing of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communi t ies. She is an ant i-oppression and ant i-racism educator and is exci ted to cont inue the collect ive work of moving towards systems of care that are rooted in deep love, solidari ty, communi ty and equi ty. She is originally from Venezuela and is of Indigenous (Cuicas Nat ion) and Medi terranean roots, she is current ly residing in Tur t le Island on Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee terri tory.

STRENGTH OF TWO BUFFALO DALE (he/him) is Whi te Ribbon’s Workplace Engagement Manager. He is Kanien:keha’ka (Mohawk) from Six Nat ions of the Grand River. For the past 37 years St rength Of Two Buffalo has had the oppor tuni ty to learn from an ext remely diverse communi ty of Elders such as the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabeg, Cree, Lakota and Inui t spanning across both Canada and the Uni ted States.


DR. KATREENA SCOTT is a Psychologist , a Professor in Applied Psychology wi thin the Facul ty of Educat ion at Western Universi ty, and a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Ending Child Abuse and Domest ic Violence. Kat reena serves as the Academic Director of the Cent re for Research & Educat ion on Violence Against Women & Children, where she leads a dedicated team of students and research associates who are working to understand and prevent violence in relat ionships. You can learn about the Cent re's current and past projects on i ts research webpage. Kat reena is internat ionally recognized for her research on empirically and ethically sound policies and pract ices for intervening wi th men who have used violence against their par tners and/or children. The Caring Dads program that she helped develop (ht tp:// is current ly running in many si tes across Canada, as well as in the US, UK, Aust ralia and a number of European count ries.


CINDY DOIRE is a registered psychotherapist , a cer t ified t rauma-informed yoga teacher (E-RYT 500), a somat ic body-mind centering coach, and an awardwinning singer/songwri ter. As a therapist , teacher, ar t ist , and coach, she embraces how different every day and moment is and allows the flow direct ion to come from the here and now. The journey is never linear, and i t looks different for everyone; embracing individuali ty and the complexi ty of each person is essent ial.

TAMICA HEROD has been a professional musician for 25+ years get t ing her official star t wi th the Ruanne’s House Band in Barrie led by Gerry Markman and is now back in Muskoka af ter journeying through Ontario as a band leader, lead/backing vocalist and percussionist . Tamica wri tes and performs original music along wi th interpret ing classic blues/rnb/funk/soul/rock tunes to make them her own and aspires to t ranslate a rootsy sound and to keepin’ the Blues alive. Tamica hosted “The Blues is My Business”, a weekly blues radio show on Hunter’s Bay Radio where she featured her influences- Et ta James, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Rai t t , Tedeschi Trucks, Big Mama Thornton, Janis Joplin and Bonnie Bramlet t to name a few as well as featuring the weal th of talent in the Canadian Blues scene. Tamica leads and performs in various duo, t rio and full band format ions wi th ar t ists such as Sean Cot ton, George Axon, Gerry Markman, Gina Horswood and Dani St rong.

GINA HORSWOOD - Af ter touring Aust ralia & Canada for over two decades, Gina set t led in the woods of Nor thern Ontario and wrote her latest release, “Bare Bones” (2020), which debuted at #3 on the iTunes singer-songwri ter char t . Now in 2021, wi th a renewed lust for all things live music, the ever-versat ile Horswood is back on the road, enter taining crowds as a solo, duo, t rio & band.

Annual DART Conference 

For the past 15 years, the Muskoka DART Committee has been committed to utilizing our funding to bring much needed, ongoing, up to date training to front line service providers in our local area who are working with vulnerable people who may have exposure to Gender Based Violence.  As you are aware, many of the agencies who are members of Muskoka DART, do not have funding to participate in ongoing professional development and that is the purpose of our 2 day conference event – to bring the training to us.  This has also worked  well as  exceptional networking opportunities for the participants.  For those who don’t know -this is a 2 day conference event held at the Sherwood Inn in Port Carling every March.

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