Carol Bilson

Facilitation, program development, and research

Carol’s research is centred around the development of social programming that promotes a culture of social inclusion, safety, respect, and collaboration. Her methodologies are informed and rooted in Community building, Intersectional Feminism, and Decolonial practices.

Close up of Carol Bilson smilling.

PhD student in Social Dimensions of Health at the University of Victoria.

Carol is a Latina/x (Aurocana-Mapuche/ Spanish/German) woman from Wallmapu, and her pronouns are She/Her/Ella.

In respectful recognition of the Peoples, Languages, Lands, and, Waters of the W̱SÁNEĆ, Songhees, Esquimalt Nations on whose homelands I reside.

Programs developed

Cultivating Healthy Relationships in Boys and Male Youth, ages 11 to 15

Cultivating Healthy Relationships in Boys and Male Youth is the culmination of one more feminist effort to address the socially destructive issue of gender-based violence, which remains frightfully pervasive in our society today. This program was designed to explore and strengthen relational skills in boys and male-identifying youth within their communities, amongst their peers, and most importantly, within themselves. Essential relational skills are developed first by exploring external influences in culture and society (Community); secondly, by moving inwards to examine the microcosms of individuals’ peer interactions (Peer); and finally, by discovering the internal values and characteristics (Self) that are crucial in cultivating healthy relationships.

Co-Creating Decolonial Futures

Decolonial Triangle diagram, partial.

This interactive workshop is designed to help participants from every background understand their role and responsibility within the ongoing context of colonialism; as well as to empower participants to find tangible strategies to enact reconciliation within their everyday work and personal lives. The workshop explores the history and impacts of colonization across Canada/Turtle Island. Using both a systemic analysis and culturally-informed perspectives we guide participants in deepening a sense of understanding, compassion, and agency in dismantling harmful systems of oppression.

Workshop Participants Learning outcomes

  • Learning the importance of self-location
  • Understanding social power and privilege in the colonial context
  • A historical foundation of the colonization of Canada
  • Understanding how political systemic authority was established
  • Economic structures that contribute to colonization
  • Social Values and Beliefs that emerged from the colonial culture
  • Developing pragmatic and relevant methods for creating cultural safetyReplyReply AllForwardEdit as new

All day training

$5000.00 / Connect with me for course scholarships

Curricula development

Ushered in multiple sexualized violence awareness campaigns, developed train-the-trainer consent workshops, and initiated the first educational restorative process for men who assault on campus.

Developed the first male-identified support group (UVIC Men’s Circle). Carol has developed multiple community workshops on colonization, anti-racism, and gender-based violence, including her most recent work an 8-week program Cultivating Healthy Relationships in Boys and Male Youth.

Worked with Intertribal Health Authority (ITHA) to develop an Indigenous men’s health and wellness program for men struggling with substance use and intimate partner violence.

Education coordinator

Carol works in communities as an education coordinator. She works on complex issues of intimate partner violence and trauma-informed practices. She works as the Education Coordinator at the Victoria Women’s Transition House Society (VWTH) where she trains staff, volunteers, fellow community members, and service providers.

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