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PANEL: Senator Kim Pate in conversation with people who were previously incarcerated

  • The Registry Theatre 122 Frederick Street Kitchener, ON, N2H 2L9 Canada (map)

Join us after the Fri. May 10th performance of Guarded Girls as we host Senator Kim Pate and people who were previously incarcerated at Kitchener’s Grand Valley Institution for Women.

The panel will discuss the way our justice system affects women and will ask how we can continue to do things better. Topics will include ideas of how to minimize the need for women to go into the corrections system in the first place; to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of current methods used in corrections; and ideas of how to maximize the positive outcomes for women after corrections to reintegrate into society, fully participate in society, and have better lives.

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Senator Kim Pate


Kim Pate was appointed to the Senate of Canada on November 10, 2016. First and foremost, the mother of Michael and Madison, she is also a nationally renowned advocate who has spent the last 35 years working in and around the legal and penal systems of Canada, with and on behalf of some of the most marginalized, victimized, criminalized and institutionalized — particularly imprisoned youth, men and women.

A respected leader in her field, Senator Pate is widely credited as the driving force behind the Inquiry into Certain Events at the Prison for Women in Kingston, headed by Justice Louise Arbour. She has been instrumental in building coalitions across the country with other equality-seeking women’s, anti-racism, anti-poverty and human rights groups and organizations; and, in this capacity, has worked with feminist legal scholars, lawyers, other professionals and front-line advocates and activists – from Indigenous communities to transition house and rape crisis centre workers.


This panel is generously supported by: