Gilary's expertise is in critical disability theory, and accessibility. She has a degree in Community Rehabilitation & Disability Studies.
Gilary is a Strategist at CEC working on projects to further DEI practices through assessments, research, coaching, and collaboration. She honours the lived experiences through her work by being informed by community-led initiatives and stories.
She entered the workforce upon graduation into the disability non-profit space where she connected with individuals with disabilities, their families, and allies. She has experience working with clients to make more accessible, and inclusive spaces that are welcoming to all. She also works in the mental health space directly supporting individuals with a dual-diagnosis of a disability and mental illness. It’s important for her to continue to stay connected to the communities that are impacted by the DEI work done at a higher level.
Gilary is a non disabled, cisgendered, immigrant Latina that was born in Costa Rica and has called Canada home for the past 20 years. As the older sister of a brother with disabilities and complex medical needs, she is passionate about human rights advocacy to ensure we are building a better future where her brother can continue to thrive. She lives with her wonderful rescued dog Frida - named after one of her favourite BIPOC activists, Frida Kahlo.
In-person, live online or online on-demand, we offer a multitude of DEI training customized to your work. Our trainings are evidence-based and informed by best practices and designed to be impactful and sustainable.
Using a combination of your organization’s DEI data and industry best practices, we will build a tailored and integrated DEI strategy. We also offer implementation support to ensure you move the dial.