Christine Newman is a proud and outspoken woman from Toronto. Her writing appears in a number of publications both online and in print. This blog is the space for the teachable moments she discovers while on her own journey.
She is a published author, joining the group of 49 artist-contributors for Cuarenta y Nueve (available in hardcover and softcover editions), a tribute to the 49 lives lost at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016. And you will find her writing in a new anthology, Brainstorm Revolution: true mental health stories of love, personal evolution, and cultural revolution, a collection of stories from 40 of the most inspiring people you will meet. She is currently writing her memoirs; the working title is The Journey to Me.
Christine is an LGBTQ advocate, for 36 years (she retired from activism in 2015, and now focuses solely on advocacy work), and is an advocate for mental health/illness/injury for 25 years, focusing in recent years on PTSD, peer support, and first responder mental health, drawing on her own daily battle with PTSD for inspiration. She had held various community roles, working with the Toronto Police Service for 20 years, recently spending 6 years working with their LGBTQ2S Liaison Officer, before wrapping up to move on to new adventures.
Christine will now be devoting her time to other areas, including teaching about victimization, trauma, and mental health; along with her recent appointment to the Board of Directors of NWLEA – National Women in Law Enforcement Association, also serving as their LGBTQ Liaison, and a focus on mental health initiatives. In 2019, she will add a new position as an Advisor to the Voice for Mental Health Collective.
While doing her best to avoid being in front of the camera, she has been seen in recent years as an on-air interviewer/reporter for community television show On The Couch, and can be heard a few times per year on CIUT 89.5 FM‘s Rainbow Country as a guest expert/historian while working behind the scenes as an occasional segment producer. In 2015 she was part of the Global Television documentary 16X9 – The Fight for Trans Rights, has been heard or appeared on CBC Metro Morning, CBC News at Six, CBC The National, CP24, CTV News Channel, and Cheri DiNovo’s 3 Women on CIUT, discussing various topics of interest. She has been quoted in articles in the National Post, the Huffington Post, and IN Magazine. She authored a column for the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) in the summer of 2017 which continues to lead to many interesting conversations with police services nationally and internationally.
Thoroughly invested in education (her professor look is above), she has delivered lectures each semester at Ryerson University in recent years, as well as providing training to University of Toronto Campus Police, TTC Transit Enforcement, and a number of other services. Christine also guest lectures for University of Toronto Medical School, Humber College, other educational institutions, and leads seminars and delivers talks for a variety of organizations across Canada. She played a role in the development of Home Depot Canada’s Gender Transition Guide, and was the keynote speaker for their Orange Pride group for the national launch in September 2017. When not involved in writing, education, and speaking, she can be found indulging her musician side, playing a number of instruments, these days mostly for her own entertainment.
Beginning in the fall of 2018, she will be partnering with Katherine Hambleton, National Program Administrator for Wings of Change Peer Support, just one of the many hats that Katherine wears in her professional and personal lives (along with Sister-Bestie-Sidekick!) to deliver lectures, talks, and other information sessions on Mental Health, Victimology, LGBTQ history, and community policing. Katherine is a wife, mother, Registered Nurse, and published author, most recently appearing in the new anthology, Brainstorm Revolution.
Christine refers to her personal four steps regularly for the reasoning behind all of her involvements, particularly in delivering seminars, guest lectures, or other speaking opportunities:
- Step 1 Education will lead to
- Step 2 Understanding which will develop into
- Step 3 Acceptance which will eventually become
- Step 4 Love.
While their calendar can fill up fairly quickly each year, you can always ask for Christine & Katherine to deliver a presentation/lecture for your class or organization (rates available on request).
Peace out, kittens! 💙💙