Board of Directors
Executive Director, Girls Action Foundation
Rachel Zellars is an attorney and PhD candidate in Education at McGill University. For the last 20 years, she has worked as a popular educator and social justice advocate. She has dedicated most of her community work to empowering young people and women. She co-founded the Third Eye Collective, the first organization in Montreal to support Black women who have experienced gendered violence. Rachel’s research focuses on the histories of slavery, public schooling in Canada, critical race theory, and gendered violence within Black communities in North America. She has taught courses at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies and the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. Originally a farm girl from upstate New York, she attended Howard, Georgetown, and Cornell Universities before completing law school in Los Angeles and working as both a transactional attorney and litigator. Rachel has made Montreal her home for the last decade. She is, most importantly, mother to Ade, Zora, and Sade.
Manager, Settlement & Moving Ahead Programs, Immigrant Services Society of BC
Vancouver, British Columbia
Andrea Canales Is a committed and engaged professional in the social services field. She has spent the majority of her professional life exploring and addressing the issues most important to her- those related to girls/young women and adult women, with an intentional emphasis on issues related to racialized, Black and Indigenous people. Andrea has over 12 years of experience and proven expertise in developing a broad range of community relations and strong community partnerships. She has a solid background working within local community systems to assess community needs and provide programming to meet the needs of partner organizations and individuals
Dahlia worked for Girls Action from November 2014 to June 2016 as the Communications Officer and KickAction.ca Coordinator. She loved her time at Girls Action so much that she decided, almost naturally, to join the board of directors. Dahlia is a bibliophile, cat-lover, and amateur photographer. She also loves writing, listening to feminist podcasts, and eating delicious food in good company.