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.  

Thematic Coordinators

Thematic coordinators are AI Canada volunteer leaders who serve as experts for 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.

Getting Involved

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 follow the specific instructions within the posting to submit your application or ask any questions. 

Contact information for Coordination Teams

Business and Human Rights team
Contact Ian Heide
Email | Facebook | Twitter | Website

Abolition of the Death Penalty
Contact Aubrey Harris Email

LGBTI Coordination Team
Contact George Harvey
 Email | Facebook | Twitter | Website

Health Network
Email

Iran coordination team
Contact Charles Perroud
Email | Facebook

Israel/Occupied Territories/Palestine (state of) 
Contact Andrea Marie Portugal (Montreal), Janan Arafa (Ottawa), Zaineb Hussein (Edmonton)
Email | Facebook | Twitter | Website