Kim Pate

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Kim Pate

Kim Pate is mother to Michael and Madison. She is a lawyer and teacher by training and has completed post graduate work in the area of forensic mental health. Kim is the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) and a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. CAEFS is a federation of autonomous societies, which work with, and on behalf of, marginalized, victimized, criminalized and institutionalized women and girls throughout Canada. Kim has also worked with youth and men during her 30 years of working in and around the legal and penal systems. 

She holds earned degrees in history, education, law and forensic mental health and honourary doctorates from the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

The Alan Thomas Fellowship provided Kim with a sabbatical year to develop strategies and program concepts to advance human rights advocacy with and for a population who represent the fastest growing number of prisoners.

During her sabbatical, Kim succeeded in:

  • Training 15-25 law students in prison law and human rights issues as well as group facilitation and instruction techniques;
  • Training 15-25 community support workers from Elizabeth Fry Societies, Native Women’s Association of Canada and the DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada to identify and address human rights and reintegration needs of women in and from prison, with a particular focus on Indigenous women and women with mental health issues;
  • Training 100+ criminalized women to identify and address human rights and reintegration needs of women and offer peer support in prison and in the community, to assist women to address their transition needs; and
  • Developing training materials and educational materials to enable ongoing educational enterprises.

In 2016 Kim Pate was appointed to the Senate. She used the occasion of her initial address to that body, to continue her important advocacy work.