Kim Pate, Carold Fellow of 2013, has begun her sabbatical year, funded in part by the Alan Thomas Fellowship.
During the next twelve months, Kim's research will focus on developing practical learning tools and experiences for law students, and human rights advocacy with and for marginalized, criminalized and institutionalized women.
In October she
will begin testing new training materials with selected Elizabeth Fry Societies Regional Advocates - a group composed of women in and from prison, law students, and representatives from both the Native Women's Association of Canada
and the DisAbled Women's Network of Canada.
The 2013 award winner is Ottawa-based lawyer and teacher, Kim Pate, who will carry out a sabbatical project to develop and test practical learning tools and experiences that will teach law students how to work effectively with criminalized and institutionalized women.
This project will have a particular focus on Indigenous women and women with mental health issues.
As well, Kim
will develop strategies and program concepts to advance human rights advocacy with and for this population, which represents the fastest growing number of prisoners.
Kim is the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) and a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law.
is a federation of autonomous societies, which works with, and on behalf of, marginalized, victimized, criminalized and institutionalized women and girls throughout Canada.
has also worked with youth and men during her
30 years of working in and around the legal and penal systems.
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.
is mother to Michael and Madison
The Alan Thomas Fellowship will provide Kim
with a sabbatical year to train 25 law students in prison law and human rights issues, as well as group facilitation and instruction techniques; to train 100 community support workers from key groups including Elizabeth Fry societies, the 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 when they leave prison; to train criminalized women on addressing transition needs; and to develop materials so that these training programs can be shared and used in new settings.
is the eighth recipient of an Alan Thomas Fellowship, which was first awarded in 2008.
Past fellowship recipients continue to be connected to the Carold Institute
, disseminating the results of their work and mentoring others in their respective fields.