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Meet our Founders
Dianne Prevatt-Hyles MSW, Adv. Dip.
Dianne Prevatt-Hyles MSW, Adv. Dip. is the co-founder of Liberation Practice International (LPI) Inc. She worked for 23 years as a School Social Worker for the Toronto Catholic School Board, where she created social work frameworks and approaches to address the needs and concerns of diverse populations. She also taught at York School of Social Work for 10 years and provided equity and leadership workshops for 40 + years in Canada and internationally. Dianne has worked extensively with marginalized communities, particularly with the African Canadian community. Dianne co-wrote the LPI Critical Reflective Practice Model from her many years of practice/theory experience. Today Dianne shares her wisdom as an African Canadian Elder, as she supports many anti-Black racism change initiatives in Ontario, including child welfare, where she helped develop the Aunties and Uncles Program for Black children and youth in care, and the African Canadian Service Delivery Model.
Jana Vinsky MSW, RSW
Jana Vinsky is the co-founder of Liberation Practice International (LPI) Inc. Jana has supported Human Service Workers for over 30 years, in her role as an equity educator. Jana has taught internationally in 7 countries on critical reflective practice. Jana worked as a university lecturer teaching 9 courses, 14 classes, at Ryerson School of Social Work. She worked as a social worker in frontline, management and on a provincial level, where she led the development of a service delivery model to address disproportionality and disparities facing African Canadians in child welfare, as well as led the development of the Aunties and Uncles Program that helps match Black children and youth in foster care with adult "aunties and uncles" from their communities to help youth stay connected to their culture and heritage. She is trained in Brief and Narrative Therapy through a three-year externship programme, where she furthered the development of the LPI model. Jana is also trained as a Clinical Traumatologist.
Jana is a member of the following:
- Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
- Ontario Association of Social Workers