Kimberly Carroll, Mandi Howard, Eric Vautour, Shawna Gray
Kimberly Carroll is a coach for changemakers, a campaigns strategist with Animal Justice and director of the Animal Justice Academy, and a director with the Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank. She co-created the original “Why love one but eat the other?” transit ad campaign in Canada and was one of the founders of Mercy For Animals Canada — helping bring the first undercover farmed animal investigations to television. As a coach, Kimberly helps activists, social entrepreneurs, and mission-driven leaders who want to make a bigger difference in the world with the inner shifts, high-performance habits, and strategies to take their important work to the next level. She’s helped empower thousands of animal advocates and counselled those in high-stress activist positions like undercover investigators. Kimberly endeavours to use her privilege and platform to amplify the voices of Indigenous and other marginalized peoples.
Mandi Howard. 2 spirit, sovereignty seeker, animal and Indigenous rights activist. So many ways to talk about who I am. The things the world feels are accomplishments vs things I cannot believe I’ve achieved. Started my work in rescue as a teenager, with my differently abled mother, trying to save the world. My work with non humans is so intimate and so personal I don’t speak about it much. Every fur kid who has thrived is my reward. I became an emergency room nurse, adding skills to my rescue work I then became an indigenous full spectrum doula, adding radical love and care and thought into my nursing care. I learned to drum and sing that gave me voice to advocate for the land, the water, the peoples, the animals. Every turn in my life has added kore and more to the amazing heart work I’ve been gifted to be part of in this journey.
Eric Vautour comes from Sheguaindah First Nation, a small community on the east side of Manitoulin Island. He grew up steeped in his culture from a young age. It was there where he gained a respect for others, the planet, and respect for all animals. Also, he developed a sacred relationship with food which he still honours today. It wasn’t until recent years where Eric realized he wasn’t living in alignment with his values. He made the decision to go vegan 5 years ago. During this time he moved to Sudbury for 1 year. While living there, he joined the Sudbury Food Policy Council to help establish food sovereignty for the city.
After that he moved back home to complete a 16-month paid internship with an NGO called Water First. Eric then migrated to Toronto where he now resides after completing the internship and finishing a year long contract with his First Nation post-internship. He now works full-time as a licensed water operator for the Region of Peel in Caledon. Eric recently became a board member with the Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank where he has lended his passionate support as a volunteer for a couple of years now. He’s eager to build bridges between the Indigenous and vegan communities. Ultimately, he wants to end oppression for all through bringing awareness to intersectionality as our freedom is all closely connected.
Shawna Gray is a masters prepared clinical social worker. She has worked in the rural public mental health system for 17 years. She and her husband, Jorin, have been vegan for 21 years and have 3 vegan children – ages 15, 13, and 10. They are animal rescuers and currently reside with 3 rats, 2 cats and 3 dogs.
Shawna is Indigenous, a member of Ceg-A-Kin (Carry the Kettle) Nakoda Nation in Treaty 4 Territory and the homeland of the Métis. She is a survivor of personal and intergenerational trauma. As an activist, Shawna is involved in social justice, animal liberation and environmental justice work. She is currently an organizer for Regina Pig Save, Animal Save Movement Saskatoon and Saskatchewan Climate Save.
Shawna and her family have become stewards of 7 acres in Treaty 6 Territory where they are planting a food forest. She is a lifelong learner who loves to travel, stand in the trees, listen to the wind and wade in the ocean. Shawna loves this Earth and is committed to compassion, justice and working collectively for change so her children and all animals (human and non) may live full, healthy lives on this planet.