Who we are
…the host of Informed Opinions, promotes gender equity through media analysis and action. Formerly known as MediaWatch, the organization envisions a media environment that respects and reflects people in all their diversity, celebrates their capacity and contribution, and nurtures rather than erodes their opportunities and self-esteem.
...is the founder and Catalyst of Informed Opinions, and an award-winning author, educator and activist with more than 20 years of experience on both sides of the microphone. A former newspaper columnist, TV producer and commentator for CBC radio and TV, she also served as press secretary to a provincial premier, and as president of MediaWatch. Shari has also taught at Simon Fraser University and published two best-selling media literacy books for youth. She received the Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons' Case in 2007, and was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by WXN the same year. Royalties from her newest book, I Feel Great About My Hands - And Other Unexpected Joys of Aging, benefit Informed Opinions. (Reviews, contributors, excerpts profiled here.)
...is the Project Administrator of Informed Opinions. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Ottawa's Telfer School of Management, and has a career background in non-profit communications and fundraising. She made herself indispensable as a volunteer while on maternity leave, and since joining the project full time, has assumed steadily increasing responsibilities for the management and administration of all aspects of Informed Opinions.
...is the Communications Officer of Informed Opinions. Since graduating from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Rights and Linguistics, Ashley has provided communications support to non-profits in Ottawa. Through managing member databases, enhancing website content and developing targeted communications materials, Ashley leverages the reach ofInformed Opinions to broader audiences.
(Associate) Lyse is a seasoned communications expert with over 25 years of experience in strategic communications, publications and project management in educational, not-for-profit and political environments. Fluent in French and English, she has extensive experience in media relations as former director of communications for the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and the University of Ottawa, and as press secretary to the leader of a national political party. During her tenure in these positions, she wrote opinion pieces as well as letters to the editor in English and French, which were published in regional as well as national papers under other by-lines.