Contact Information

Mailing Address:

438 King Street West
P.O. Box 30525
Oshawa, Ontario
L1J 8L8

Administration/General Information:

Phone: 905-444-9672
Fax: 905-444-9277
Email: info@drcc.ca

24/7 Crisis and Support Line: 905-668-9200

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Staff

Gemma, MBA (Ca.) (she/her)
Executive Director (on leave – January-June 2024)

Gemma has been the Executive Director of Durham Rape Crisis Centre since 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice & Public Policy. She is currently completing her Executive Masters of Business Administration, specializing in Strategic Leadership. She has also completed many certificates including non-profit governance and leadership. Gemma started her career as a residential counsellor and has over 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector with over a decade of leadership experience as an Executive Director. She is passionate and specializes in women’s support services and community social justice. She is honoured to work with her team to support survivors and create awareness of sexual violence!


Wendy, CPA, MBA (she/her)
Interim Executive Director

Part-time | Email: wendy@drcc.ca

Wendy has extensive experience in the Education, Healthcare, Government, and Social Services sectors. She holds an MBA, is a certified CPA, and holds a degree in Accounting Science.


Robina, CPA, MBA, BComm (she/her)
Manager of Finance and Administration

Part-time, Wednesday-Friday | Email: robina@drcc.ca

Robina has extensive financial, payroll, and strategic planning experience. She has worked in non-profit organizations for 15+ years as an Accountant and Finance Professional, including working for Feed the Children. Robina is a CPA and holds her MBA and BComm. Currently she is pursuing a Masters in Strategic Change Management. Robina values empowering women, especially in the accountancy profession, and is passionate about sustainability initiatives that help vulnerable groups in society.


Emma, BA (she/her)
Community and Crisis Services Manager

Full-time | Phone: 437-228-7396 | Email: emma@drcc.ca

Emma has worked in the non-profit field for over 14 years, many of those years spent doing work within a feminist framework as well as working with children and youth. She has a degree in Anthropology and Gender and Women’s studies from Trent University and strives to be a lifelong student. Emma enjoys having music on most of the time and when not working enjoys reading fantasy books and cuddling with her corgi (when she allows it).


Diana, MPNL (Ca.), BAHons (she/her)
Communications & Administrative Coordinator

Part-time, Tuesday-Thursday, 9am-3pm

Phone: 437-980-7537 | Email: diana@drcc.ca

Diana has been working in the nonprofit sector since 2021 for gender justice organizations in a variety of capacities. She joined the Durham Rape Crisis Centre in January 2022, which has affirmed her passion for philanthropy and contributing to social change. Diana is completing her Masters in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Carleton University, graciously receiving the MPNL Alumni Award for her academic achievements. In her spare time, she enjoys cross-stitching and spending time with her beloved puppy and hedgehog.


Counselling Team

Rochelle, MACP, RSSW (she/her)
Manager of Clinical Counselling Services
Clinical Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Full-time | Phone: 437-234-2378 | Email: rochelle@drcc.ca


Lynn, RSSW (she/her)
Clinical Sexual Violence Counsellor/Outreach Coordinator

Full-time | Phone: 647-273-0457 | Email: lynn@drcc.ca

As a trauma therapist for nearly 40 years, Lynn has been a passionate, tireless advocate and support for women who have experienced any form of gender-based violence, with a focus on sexual abuse. Prior to joining the Durham Rape Crisis Centre, Lynn started her career at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic in Toronto, where she worked as a counsellor for 18 years. During her time there she also helped develop the sexual abuse program, as well as contributing to the training of the cultural volunteers. She has now worked as a counsellor at the DRCC for almost 19 years, and has also taken on many different roles, including being the Public Education Coordinator for 16 years. Lynn is very active in the community and represents the DRCC on a number of community committees, including the Human Trafficking Coalition, Durham Elder Abuse Network, the Woman’s Committee of Durham Region, and the Sex Worker Support Circle. She recently shifted into a new role, and is now the Outreach Coordinator and Human Trafficking Counsellor. Lynn is very proud and grateful to be working at an agency that continues to grow, and that has created a trauma-informed environment that supports not only our clients, but also the staff, volunteers, and the community. On a personal note, Lynn is blessed to have 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, who she attributes to keeping her active and young at heart.


Tanya, MSW, RSW (she/her)
Sexual Violence Counsellor
(also servicing the Canadian Defence Community)
Clinical Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Full-time | Phone: 437-226-9029 | Email: tanya@drcc.ca

Tanya is a bilingual Registered Social Worker holding a BA in Social Development, Bachelor of Social Work, and Master of Social Work from the University of Waterloo. She also completed post-graduate certificate work in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Trauma; and Addictions, and is currently completing a certificate in Death and Bereavement at Wilfrid Laurier University. Tanya completed practicum at the emergency and critical care units of the Lakeridge Health hospital network and was a caseworker at a Legal Aid Ontario community clinic. She has held roles and committee memberships related to post-secondary student support, human trafficking, and francophone inclusion, and is committed to supporting and advocating for clients’ holistic health and socioeconomic equality. Tanya also previously served the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Cyprus, and she loves travelling, animal welfare, and hiking. 


Isabella, RSSW, BAHons (she/her)
Post-Secondary Sexual Violence Counsellor

Full-time | Phone: 437-228-1862 | Email: isabella@drcc.ca


Michaela, AWCCA (she/her)
Sexual Violence Intake and Support Persons Counsellor

Part-time, Tuesday-Thursday, 8am-2pm

Phone: 416-278-9086 | Email: michaela@drcc.ca

Michaela has been at the Durham Rape Crisis Centre for 7 years as a part-time Intake Counsellor. She is an AWCCA graduate with 13+ years’ experience working as a frontline counsellor in shelters for violence against Women. Michaela is the Mom of two young children. In her spare time she enjoys taking her dog for walks and creating wheel-thrown pottery.


Karina, MSW, RSW (she/her/they)
Sexual Violence Counsellor
Clinical Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Full-time | Phone: 365-688-9540 | Email: karina@drcc.ca

Karina holds a Masters of Social Work Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, in addition to an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Trent University and Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. Karina has worked, learned, and volunteered in community spaces for over 15 years, including municipal programs, schools, employment services, a VAW shelter, and Victim Services. Karina has worked one-on-one support to individuals experiencing trauma, mental illness, and major life events for 7 years, and is honored to be a part of the healing journey of each client she supports at the DRCC. Her trauma-informed approach to counselling is eclectic and tailored to each individual client, exploring the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social context of their lives and trauma. Karina believes that a good therapeutic relationship is based on trust, collaboration, transparency, and acknowledging the client as the expert in their own life.


Jennifer, RSSW, AWCCA, BFA (she/her)
Sexual Violence Counsellor

Full-time | Phone: 416-721-0819 | Email: jennifer@drcc.ca

Jenn is a graduate of the Assaulted Women & Children’s Counsellor/Advocate program at George Brown College with a BFA in Fine Art from OCAD University. Past roles have provided experience working with youth and adults facing mental health and substance use challenges and supporting folks experiencing death and non death loss, focusing on how these experiences intersect with trauma and violence. She comes with years of experience providing one on one support and facilitating and developing groups and workshops for various community organizations and educational spaces on a variety of topics. Her approach to support is creative, eclectic, intersectional, and collaborative, putting lived experience and knowledge in a place of power. She holds the responsibility of connecting with survivors in high regard as she begins her work with the DRCC.


Kelsey, BASc (she/her)
Sexual Violence Counsellor
Sex Trafficking and Exploitation Counselling and Support Services (STECSS)

Full-time | Phone: 905-904-2981 | Email: kelsey@drcc.ca

Kelsey is a mental health counsellor with over four years of experience in the field. She holds a B.Sc. in Psychology and a graduate certificate in Addictions and Mental Health. She has been accepted into her M.A. in Counselling Psychology with the goal of becoming a registered psychotherapist specializing in trauma-informed practice.

Kelsey has previous experience in individual and group settings, public education, psychometry, and crisis management. She is passionate in advocating alongside survivors to enhance resource allocation and destigmatize harmful stereotypes. Kelsey enjoys travelling, trying new recipes, and going on walks with her dog.


Tajinder, BSW, BA (she/her)
Sexual Violence Counsellor

Full-time | Phone: 289-404-3363 | Email: tajinder@drcc.ca

Tajinder is a graduate of York University where she obtained both her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work. Tajinder started her career in child welfare, where she worked with families and children facing issues including physical/sexual abuse, mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence for 15 years. She then turned her focus to working in the fight to counter violence against women in her previous role as a Domestic Violence Counsellor. Tajinder provided psychoeducation regarding Intimate Partner Violence through counselling, referred victims to community resources, developed safety plans, and hosted support groups for survivors. Tajinder has recently shifted her career path to focus on assisting survivors of sexual violence as a Sexual Violence Counsellor with the DRCC. Regardless of the population she works with, Tajinder works from a client-focused, strengths-based, inclusive and trauma informed approach where she views the survivor as the expert of their own journey.