The Council of Women Against Sex Trafficking in York Region logoThis Council Embraces a Critical Mandate

Specifically, they lobby Federal and Ontario Ministries, Agencies and Municipalities. They advocate for stronger enhancements and much-needed changes to existing laws. They also advocate for additional education programs in our schools for our young people as well as the creation of new business practices that will deter and/or block the predators’ recruitment of our teenagers.

The Goal

Their goal is to protect teenage girls and boys from being lured, recruited, drugged, kidnapped by predators who then use them as non-consensual sex workers. This Council promotes the importance of heightened personal safety through community and governmental education, awareness and prevention programs that alert our young people to the tactics used by predators online and in person. Those survival strategies are crucial to their safety and well-being.

The Members

The Council is made up of lawyers, communications experts and entrepreneurs. Each one is a creative activist and fierce lobbyist. They rally their fellow Council members and PACT-Markham colleagues (Parents Against Child Trafficking) as well as community leaders to work together in making their communities safety zones that are FREE of human trafficking and sexual exploitation!

Shira Kalfa headshot

Shira Kalfa is founding partner of Kalfa Law, a boutique corporate and commercial firm as well as a tax law firm focused on corporate reorganizations and restructuring, mergers and acquisitions.



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Kira E. Taylor is a fully bilingual lawyer who founded her own firm, Kira E. Taylor Law,  in 2015. She has assisted with matters for all levels of Court, including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.



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Marnie Hill has 30 years experience in Corporate and Executive Communications at IBM Canada. She helps people capture their life stories to honour their legacy, deal with difficult subjects and advocate for change. Her passions include: women, children, indigenous rights and the fight against human trafficking.


Mitzy Dadoun profile picMitzy Dadoun has 30 years of real estate and financing expertise, currently with Sutton Group Admiral Realty. She specializes in helping people 55+ to downsize and property inheritors to sell. Her passions are preventing human trafficking, seniors’ rights and security, and animal welfare.


Nathalie Ng profile picNathalie Ng has worked in the financial industry for over 12 years, guiding her clients to achieve financial success. She advocates for the protection of children and is key in orchestrating an ‘army of mom activists and lobbyists’ in support of our cause.



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Sumi Praba is an inspirational community leader from the Markham South Asian community who has been a promoter of women’s rights for over 25 years.




silvia cuccovillo head shotSilvia Cuccovillo is the owner of The Painters Group interior/exterior painting company and was awarded Markham Board of Trade’s Consumer Choice Award for Quality Service and Professionalism. Originally from Uruguay, she was an advisor to a political party for which she focused on social issues that she passionately believed in: human rights, seniors’ rights and human traffic prevention.




catherine king ward head shotCatherine King Ward has over 20 years of diverse human resources and management experience. She is a CHRL, CTMP, Workplace Investigations Certified and Educating Adults Certified and owner of CKW Human Resources Consulting. Catherine is active in the community and volunteers her time with non-profits and people who are stuck in their job search. Her passion is advocating for the protection of our children against human trafficking and bringing awareness of it to our communities in York Region.


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