Katie O’Brien (they/them) is a registered social worker who is passionate about creating radically inclusive spaces for 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. They are a graduate of Mount Royal University (Dip. Social Work) and the University of Calgary (B.A. in Sociology, minor in Biological Sciences).
Throughout their career so far, Katie has focused on developing and implementing programs using anti-oppressive, feminist, and trauma- and violence-informed care frameworks. Katie’s work as the Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Support Advisor brings together their strong facilitation skills with their experience in providing empathetic, community-centred support for victims/survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.
As a white settler originally from St. John’s, Ktaqmkuk, on the unceded territory of the Beothuk and Mi’kmaq, they strive to bring anti-racism to the forefront of their practice, recognizing the legacy of violence that social work has perpetrated against Indigenous, Black, and racialized peoples since the profession’s inception.