NEWSLETTER: August 7 – Meet JHR Board Member Kathleen Beaumont




August 7th, 2021

This week’s highlights

  • JHR’s Night For Rights tickets going fast: this is your last chance to buy early bird
  • Introducing the newest member of JHR’s board: Kathleen Beaumont!
  • Scenes from MMFC workshops in Liberia: Training journalists to report on human rights
  • Introducing the Indigenous Media Collaborative: Meaghan Brackenbury (Cabin Radio)


JHR’s Night4Rights is this October 20!


After a hiatus in 2020, JHR is holding its annual Night for Rights gala dinner and party at the
Brickworks Pavilion in Toronto on October 20, 2021, from 6pm to 8pm. This year, mindful of potential
public health concerns, we’re moving the party outdoors (under a covered roof). We will have both on- and offline speakers and entertainment, and attendees can choose to attend either on- or offline.

Tickets are selling fast, and there’s still time to avail the early bird discount! For a limited time only, tickets are available for $500 for individual tickets or $5000 for a table of 8. After August 13, standard pricing ($1000 for tickets, $8000 for table) will apply. Head to to buy tickets!

Introducing the newest member of JHR’s board:
Kathleen Beaumont!


Kathleen Beaumont is a Senior Research Analyst at Russell Investments, a leading global investment
solutions provider, with primary accountability for the performance of North American equity investment managers. She has a strong aptitude for long-term investment principles and rooted beliefs in sustainable investing. She is a student of and advocate for incorporating Environmental, Social, and
Governance issues within the investment community.

Kathleen has been a keynote speaker at various professional conferences, primarily focused on
self-advocacy for women in the capital markets industry. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Finance
degree from Dalhousie University, is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Society

Kathleen is a mother of three young children, enjoys an active lifestyle, and loves to travel. She is
excited to be on the Board at JHR and a member of the audit committee.

JHR is delighted and honoured that Kathleen has joined our Board. We asked Kathleen about her
interest in JHR.

Why did you join the board at JHR?

As I’ve built my family, my priorities have evolved. Specifically, I am more keenly interested in
sustainable investing practices (also known as Environmental, Social and Governance or “ESG”) and
wish to apply this passion to other areas of my professional life.

This pursuit led me to Derek Fisher, who explained JHR’s mission, which is not only inspiring, but also
aligns nicely with my personal views.

I strongly believe in the role media plays in today’s society and am excited to help in any way I can.

Scenes from MMFC workshops in Liberia:
Training journalists to report on human rights
during the pandemic


Female journalists in Liberia sharpened their human rights reporting skills at a two-day virtual workshop held as part of JHR’s Mobilizing Media to Fight #COVID19 (MMFC) program.

The workshop, held in collaboration with and hosted and moderated by the Female Journalists
Association of Liberia (FeJAL), trained the 60 participants in human rights reporting (tips on human
rights laws and instruments), gender-sensitive reporting (tips on interviewing survivors and languages
used), and freedom of expression. Trainees also received advice on pitching story ideas and accessing
story grants.

By training journalists to more effectively report on human rights issues, JHR is empowering them to
keep human rights in the headlines during this all-consuming pandemic. Read the latest impact stories
from the MMFC project here.

Help us continue this essential awareness-building work. When journalists shine the light on human
rights abuses and injustices, it leads to actual, life-changing impact.

      The above stories are part of the Mobilizing Media to Fight COVID-19 project funded by

Introducing the Indigenous Media Collaborative:
Meaghan Brackenbury (Cabin Radio)


JHR’s Solutions Journalism program is pleased to introduce the members of its new Indigenous Media
Collaborative, a group of Indigenous journalists and media organizations that is producing a series of
solutions journalism and human rights stories about land claims, Indigenous sovereignty, and
#LandBack. This week, we speak to Meaghan Brackenbury about why she pursues stories about Land

Meaghan Brackenbury is a multimedia journalist and audio producer for Cabin Radio in Yellowknife,
NWT. She is a settler currently living as a guest on Treaty 8 territory, home of the Yellowknives Dene.

Meaghan graduated from Carleton University in 2020 with a Combined Honours in Journalism and
Human Rights. She previously participated in the Stories North program in the Yukon, where she had
the opportunity to travel to the Vuntut Gwich’in community of Old Crow and learn how families are
reclaiming culture and sovereignty through traditional adoption.

Particularly passionate about Indigenous rights, education, the environment, and the arts, Meaghan is
happiest when telling stories that allow her to connect with communities and people through her heart.


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