Sandra Krahn, Executive Director (ED)

Sandra Krahn

Executive Director

Sandra Krahn has over 25 years of experience working in educational organizations, including schools, universities and non-profit organizations. She started her education career as a high school science teacher. She has been a project leader in a UNESCO Associated School, which included teacher training and the development of educational resources. Sandra has a Bachelor of education, with a Master’s and Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies. Her research specialization is in how educational initiatives can support community peacebuilding. Sandra has experience with teacher training for human rights education in Canada, India and the Czech Republic. Her experience includes grant writing, program development and writing curriculum for community organizations. 

Aatir Rehan, Development Coordinator

Aatir Rehan

Development Coordinator

Aatir Rehan graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Business Administration degree. After 5 years of experience as an entrepreneur, Aatir decided to pursue a career in helping people understand human rights issues and their awareness, which brought him to the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties (MARL). As MARL’s Development Coordinator will be working on implementing a donor strategy and communicating with potential donors.

Mitchell DeFehr

Education Coordinator

Mitchell DeFehr graduated from Canadian Mennonite University with a Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Transformation. He is currently in the Master of Human Rights program at the University of Manitoba. Mitchell was born and raised here in Manitoba and is looking forward to getting married in the summer of 2022. Mitchell has a passion for advocacy and community engagement. He has worked in various capacities coordinating programs for youth and is keen to be more involved in education, empowerment, and programming. Mitchell is excited to work in a space where people’s diversity is valued, liberties are respected, and rights are lived. Mitchell has experience in audio-visual production and communication theory. As the education coordinator Mitchell will work to promote human rights education for all Manitoban communities.

Sartu Osman

Community Engagement Coordinator

Sartu Osman graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Psychology. She is currently working to go into social work. She has previous been involved within the Winnipeg community through various non-profit organizations working with children and adults. Her education has made her interested in researching and working with BIPOC and immigrant communities. She is excited to develop her human rights advocacy and education skills with MARL. As the community engagement coordinator, Sartu will work to connect community members and organizations with MARL while working closely with MARL’s BIPOC Advisory Committee and other youth committees. In her spare time, Sartu enjoys reading and spending time with her friends and family.

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