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Teresa Daw’s Legacy

Who Was Teresa Daw?

Teresa Daw was a tireless and passionate leader and advocate. Among her many passions was the desire to create meaningful experiential learning opportunities for students from marginalized communities and she was a fierce advocate and an ally of Indigenous communities across Ontario. Prior to her passing in 2018, Teresa Daw worked locally, nationally, and internationally to advance social justice and inclusion for marginalized and under-represented groups for over thirty years. Highlights of Teresa’s involvement include five years as Co-Chair of the Persons Living with Disabilities Committee of the Federal NDP where she was responsible for crafting the party’s policy on the rights of persons with disabilities. As a founding board member of the Mount Community Centre in Peterborough, Ontario, Teresa advocated for the development of accessible, inclusive and dignified housing. As a founding board member of the Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network, Teresa initiated an outreach project to improve access to the Registered Disability Savings Plan and secured financial resources for an RDSP Endowment Fund to assist people with low incomes to contribute to their RDSPs. Teresa also managed and supported international relief and development projects, primarily in Africa. Teresa valued community development and education as needed agents for systemic change in achieving social justice for persons with disabilities and other marginalized communities.

ARCH is so grateful for Teresa’s unparalleled generosity and commitment to our work and to the many diverse communities that we serve.

How To Support The Teresa Daw Legacy

The Teresa Daw Internship will be launched in her honour, keeping her legacy and as a reminder of all her dedication towards social justice, allyship, and support to marginalized communities.

If you would like to donate, please go to: and select the Teresa Daw Legacy Fund in the fund category.

Alternatively, you can send a cheque to:

Office Manager
ARCH Disability Law Centre
55 University Avenue
15th Floor
Toronto, ON
M5J 2H7

Charitable No. 118 777 994 RR 0001

Thank you for your support!

Last Modified: June 2, 2022