Meet Your Educators!

Note: Jami is on parental leave until September 2024. During Jami’s leave, our Community Engagement Coordinator, Amanda Di Zio, will handle all Community Education requests.

Jami Coughler,
Manager of Quality & Engagement 


Education & Training:

  • Bachelor of Arts: Sociology (Concentration: Criminology); Minor in Psychology
    Brock University, 2011
  • Bachelor of Public Health
    Brock University, 2014
  • Certified Trauma Integration Clinician
    Attachment and Trauma Treatment Centre for Healing


  • I bring to my role lived experience with gender-based violence that helps inform my approach to client service, including a client-centred and trauma-informed lens, and an understanding and compassion for survivors’ each unique response and journey. Prior to this role I was a full-time shelter counsellor at GP and have previous work and training experience in trauma counselling, domestic and sexual violence support and counselling, and career counselling.

Current Role at GP: 

In my current role at Gillian’s Place I am responsible for:

  • Overseeing GP's Community Education & Violence Prevention Program, including developing and delivering evidence-based violence prevention initiatives, public education presentations, and trainings in the community.

  • Developing, monitoring and implementing metrics and outcomes related to the quality of programming across the organization.

  • Planning, developing, and implementing client wellness and engagement programming and events, including contributing to residential programming and working to improve our clients’ shelter experience.

  • Managing our student placement program with the aim of providing meaningful and rich learning opportunities for folks who want to work in the GBV field.

Amanda Di Zio,
Community Engagement Coordinator

Education & Training:

  • Honours Bachelors of Social Work
    Laurentian University, 2018


  • I began as a Relief Counsellor with Gillian's Place in 2018 and have experience with various roles within the organization. I have worked in our Child & Youth Department, as well as the Outreach Department providing Counselling to both individuals and Children & Youth in both West and North Niagara. In 2021, I made the transition into the Development Department as Development and Communications Coordinator, gaining skills and experience in ensuring our programs and services are available through fundraising, donor management, and community connections. I am excited to be in my current role as the Community Engagement Coordinator, helping raise awareness and building solidarity and ally ship among our compassionate community to help GP, help support survivors.

  • I have experience in the areas of palliative care, grief and bereavement, as well as supporting patients and their loved ones through communication disabilities and disorders. 

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