MARL works with a small team of dedicated staff and volunteers. Find out more about the people behind our organization.
Mitchell DeFehr is the Education Coordinator for MARL. He graduated from the Canadian Mennonite University with a Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Transformation and holds a Master of Human Rights from the University of Manitoba. He also possesses valuable experience in audio-visual production and communication theory. In his role as the Education Coordinator, Mitchell is dedicated to promoting human rights education for all Manitoban communities. Through his efforts, he aims to empower individuals through education and programming, striving to raise awareness and understanding of human rights issues across the region. Mitchell’s commitment lies in ensuring that every person in Manitoba has access to crucial human rights knowledge and resources.
Sandra has over 25 years of experience working in educational organizations, including schools, universities and non-profit organizations. She started her education career as a high school science teacher. She has been a project leader in a UNESCO Associated School. Sandra has a Bachelor of Education, with a Master’s and Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies. Her research specialization is in how educational initiatives can support community peacebuilding. Sandra has experience with teacher training for human rights education in Canada, India and the Czech Republic. Her experience includes grant writing, program development and writing curriculum for community organizations.
Aatir Rehan graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Business Administration degree. After 5 years of experience as an entrepreneur, Aatir decided to pursue a career in helping people understand human rights issues and their awareness, which brought him to the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties (MARL). As MARL’s Development Coordinator will be working on implementing a donor strategy and communicating with potential donors.
MARL offers under-graduate and graduate students practicum placements to experience working in a non-profit sector while pursuing their Degree.
Xiaoxia (Claire) Li
Claire is pursuing a Master’s in Human Rights at the University of Manitoba. With a Bachelor’s in English from Chongqing University, she has developed strong skills as a translator. Now in Canada, she is dedicated to social justice, focusing on freedom of expression, liberty, women’s rights, and LGBTQIA+ rights.
Michelle is Japanese, but she was raised in the Philippines. She completed her undergraduate degree in Japan, where she studied law and political science. However, her passion for children’s rights led her to pursue a master’s degree in human rights at the University of Manitoba.
Precious Joi Gauthier
Precious is pursuing dual undergraduate degree in Biology and English with a minor in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications at the University of Winnipeg. Committed to social justice, she aspires to be a Writer, focusing on inclusivity and supporting marginalized communities. Through volunteering and family time, she prioritizes community engagement and self-care.
Cameron is completing a Bachelor of Arts (Hon.) in Criminal Justice at the University of Winnipeg. His undergraduate thesis examined the decriminalization of drug laws with a focus on the Cannabis Act, and is working towards publishing. He’s passionate about the legal field and hopes to go to law school.
Venessa graduated from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration(GIMPA) with a Bachelor of Law (LLB) and is currently pursuing a Joint Masters Program for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba. Her interests and work are in children’s rights, family violence and sexual trafficking.
Prince is a student in the Joint Masters Program in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba. He holds a Masters in International Studies from Ohio University. He’s passionate about how communities can be informed and engaged in human rights issues, and its connection to bringing sustainable peace.
Lea is a University of Winnipeg student pursuing a double honours degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She hopes to become a forensic psychologist or a professor. At MARL, she works closely with the BIPOC advisory committee and facilitates workshops on various human rights topics.