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Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada

    Country coordinators

    Country coordinators are AI Canada volunteer leaders who serve as AI Canada country experts and who enable the activism of AI Canada members on specific countries or regions. Country coordinators are selected on the basis of a combination of country expertise and experience, Amnesty International knowledge and human rights activist experience, and the organization's needs in that area. Candidates who speak the language and can support work with the country’s diaspora in Canada are preferred. In the interest of avoiding any perception of political bias, country coordinators assigned to their country of birth or citizenship work as part of country coordination teams.

    Thematic coordinators

    Thematic coordinators act as experts for the AI Canada and support membership and public mobilization.  Currently, we have thematic coordination groups for our work on business and human rights, the death penalty, and a Health and Human Rights Network.

    Country and thematic coordinators are unpaid volunteer positions, only AI related expenses are reimbursed. In most cases, a minimum of a two-year commitment is requested for country and theme coordinators. Though it is difficult to be precise about the time commitment required of volunteers, it is estimated that the positions average 10-20 hours per month.


    The coordination program is overseen by the Coordination Council with support from AI Canada’s Program Management. The Coordination Council is a small group of coordinators selected by coordinators, who identify recruitment needs, ensures training is provided and organize the affairs of the Coordination Program.

    Volunteer positions for country and theme work are advertized from time to time as positions become vacant or new needs arise. To apply for positions currently advertised, please send your application and your resume to

    Below is contact and social media information for some of Amnesty Canada's coordination teams.

    Business and Human Rights team
    Contact Ian Heide at bhr@amnesty.caFacebook | Twitter | Website

    China coordination team
    Contact Yvonne Christiansen at chinacoordinator@amnesty.caFacebookTwitter | Website

    Health Network
    Contact Dr. Shobana Ananth at | Website

    Iran coordination team
    Contact Charles Perroud at irancoordinator@amnesty.caFacebook

    Israel/Occupied Territories/Palestine (state of) 
    Contact Andrea Marie Portugal IOTP@amnesty.caFacebook | Twitter

    LGBTI Coordination Team
    Contact Alex Xavier at | Facebook | Twitter | Website

    Mexico and Colombia
    Contact Amnesty campaigner Kathy Price at kprice@amnesty.caMexico Facebook page | Colombia Facebook page

    Follow on Facebook

    West Africa Regional Action Network
    Contact Yao Klousseh at westafricacoordinator@amnesty.caFacebook

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