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What is the Journey Project?


The Journey Project is a collaboration between PLIAN and NLSACPC that exists to strengthen justice supports for survivors of sexual violence in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Who is the Journey Project for?

The Journey Project is for any individual in NL who has experienced sexual violence and is:

  • 16 or older
  • Living in NL
  • Or
  • Experienced Sexual Violence in NL, but living elsewhere
  • AND
  • is wondering about their legal options.

What does the Journey Project do?

Knowing where to turn when you have experienced sexual violence can be confusing.

The Journey Project has a small but dedicated team of Legal Support Navigators who offer legal information and system navigation to survivors of sexual violence. This might look like going with a survivor to court, the hospital, or the police station. It might also include offering community connections and referrals to resources, organizations, or professionals that offer support around the unique aspects of your experience.

The Journey Project also runs a Sexual Violence Legal Support Service (SVLSS) where participants can receive up to four hours of free legal advice with a lawyer. To be eligible, you must be 16 or over and live in Newfoundland and Labrador or have experienced sexual violence in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Some of our Legal Support Navigators have been trained to take third-party reports in person in St. John’s as a part of a pilot project with the RNC. Please contact us for more information on this program.

Know that if you reach out to us, there is absolutely no pressure to go any particular legal route – or take any legal action whatsoever. We are here to support whatever you choose!

The Journey project is available Monday-Friday, 9am-4:00pm.

Where are these services available?

Legal Support Navigators are based in St. John’s, but our services are available throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. We are available in person in the St. John’s area but travel frequently throughout the province to offer in-person support whenever possible. We offer support by e-mail, text, phone or video conferencing (zoom/skype) as well as in-person (where possible).

For more information or to book an information or training session, please contact Janet Lee at (709) 722-2805 or

Meet the Team

Janet Lee

Janet Lee

Janet (she/her) has a diploma in Child and Youth Care from Eastern College, a B.A. in English from Memorial, and a BSW from the University of Manitoba. Janet has worked community organizing, residential care, and alternative education programs for over fifteen years, focusing her efforts on supporting survivors of sexual violence in 2014 through her work with the NL Sexual Assault Crisis & Prevention Centre. Transitioning to the Journey Project in 2018 solidified her belief each individual is the expert in their own life and their own experiences. Janet is motivated every day by the strength and resiliency she sees in the people she works with and for. Janet loves the Atlantic Ocean, was raised around the bay, and currently resides in St. John’s with her supportive partner, his saucy cat, and her untrained dog.


Janet Lee
CELL 1-709-986-2801


Mandy Penney

Mandy (she/her) hails from Clarenville, NL and holds both a Bachelor and Master of Social Work from Memorial University. She has spent the last ten years as a registered social worker all over the province, and in fields including settlement/immigration, child welfare and post-secondary education. Outside of her work at The Journey Project, Mandy can sometimes be found teaching at Memorial, studying the menu at a local restaurant or debating politics with anyone who will listen. Mandy is a big-picture thinker who is passionate about aligning policy and research with front-line service delivery in a meaningful and inclusive way.


Mandy Penney
CELL 1-709-219-3352

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Ashley MacDonald

Ashley (she/her) is a registered social worker who has completed both a BSW with the University of Manitoba and a BA at Memorial University. After spending the better part of the last decade working with vulnerable and marginalized populations, Ashley now draws on her frontline experience to help her support survivors through the Journey Project. Ashley approaches the work and her world with a trauma-informed and harm reduction perspective seeking ways to include those most marginalized and using her lived experiences to inform her practice. In her free time, Ashley is an advocate, grassroots mobilizer, novice photographer, lover of solo road trips and plays Calvin to an aggressively affectionate cat named Hobbes.


Ashley MacDonald
CELL 1-709-986-2811

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Emma Duke

Emma (she/her) holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Social Work. She is currently completing her Master of Social Work with Memorial University. Emma has worked in the human service field for over a decade, primarily with systemically excluded populations. She has worked in residential care for children and youth in protective custody, shelter services for young women, mental health and addictions, Open Custody, and various research positions. She is passionate about reproductive justice, trauma-informed practice, and embodied approaches to healing. Emma joined the Journey Project team in 2019, bringing her own lived experiences to the work she does.
Emma spends most of her time parenting two rambunctious children with her partner, hiking the beautiful East Coast Trail, and attempting to practice yoga.


Emma Duke
CELL 1-709-219-0298

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Sarah McHugh-Wade

Sarah McHugh-Wade has a Bachelor of Arts and Certificate in Criminology, both from Memorial University. She has been a member of the PLIAN team since 2009, during which time she has worked on a variety of projects and with a variety of populations. Sarah was the first staff member at The Journey Project when it launched in 2017, and has been so humbled and proud of the growth and success of the project to date. During Sarah’s career in the community sector, she has built countless connections with people and organizations across Newfoundland and Labrador, and believes these connections helps her do her best, most holistic work. Sarah believes that aiming for these same connections with survivors helps build trust, and creates a path to support.  

Sarah lives ‘around the bay’ with her husband and two children. When she has a (rare) spare minute, she loves to read, try new recipes, explore the woods around her home, and re-watch The Office for the billionth time.  


Sarah Wade
CELL 1-709-771-0702