Contact Information

Mailing Address:

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

Administration/General Information:

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

24 Hour Crisis and Support Line: 905-668-9200


Staff

Gemma, Executive Director (she/her)

Full-time (on parental leave until September 2023)

Phone: 905-749-1032 | Email: gemma@drcc.ca

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!

Pamela, Interim Executive Director (she/her)

Full-time | Email: pamela@drcc.ca

Wendy, Director of Finance and Administration

Part-time | Email: wendy@drcc.ca

Emma, Community and Crisis Services Manager

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

Diana, Digital Skills Administrator (she/her)

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

Counselling Staff

Rochelle, Manager of Counselling Services (she/her)

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

Lynn, Counsellor/Outreach Coordinator/Human Trafficking Counsellor

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, Counsellor (Human Trafficking/Trent U)

Part-time, Monday & Tuesday, 9am-5pm

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

Isabella, Counsellor and Public Education Coordinator

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

Michaela, Intake 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.

Samantha, Counsellor/Yoga & Meditation Facilitator

Full-time | Email: samanthag@drcc.ca

Karina, Community Development & Volunteer Coordinator and Crisis Counsellor (she/her/they/them)

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

Desiree, Human Trafficking Coordinator and Counsellor (she/her)

Full-time | Phone: 437-332-5683 | Email: desiree@drcc.ca