Recognized expert on speed dial for breaking story

 It’s the ideal scenario for a would-be commentator: to become so strongly identified with the issue you’re most knowledgeable and passionate about that when a news story about the topic breaks, you’re the first person that editors, producers and reporters think to call.

Kim Pate's recognized authority gives her a voice on prison reform and women in conflict with the law.

Kim Pate has been an authoritative and persistent advocate for prison reform and women in conflict with the law for more than two decades. In her capacity as the Executive Director of the Coalition of Elizabeth Fry Societies, she’s seen – and heard, and read – it all. So when a judge made available contentious police video tape of Roxanne Carr being handled by the police, Kim was among the first people contacted by the Ottawa Citizen for context.

Although the analysis she wrote providing some historical context to the released video tape was commissioned by the paper, her compelling commentary was also picked up by the Regina Leader-Post and the Montreal Gazette (because – as she points out – the mistreatment of female prisoners is, regrettably, not an isolated incident.)

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Founder and Catalyst of Informed Opinions, and an award-winning author, educator and women’s advocate with more than 20 years of experience on both sides of the microphone. Since 2010, Shari has helped amplify the voices of thousands of women across Canada, supporting them in sharing their insights and analysis with a broader public. Her most recent book, OMG! What if I AM the right person? advances those goals.

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