Alicia Teasdale began her social work career in community mental health and addiction, serving adolescents and their families in rural Nova Scotia, although her volunteer and advocacy work in women’s health, community health and the gender-based violence sector started long before her professional career. Her continued commitment to anti-violence and trauma-informed work propelled her into leadership in the sexual violence sector, first in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and now currently as the Director for the Education & Training Program at CCASA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from St. Francis Xavier University and a Bachelor of Social Work from McMaster University. She has developed and facilitated engaging school-based curriculum in the fields of mental health, addiction and sexual violence and is particularly passionate about child and adolescent programming. Outside of her role with CCASA you can find her making art, studying plants or on adventures with her elderly Labrador Retriever.