Take Back Your Voice Poetry Workshop 3
January 25, 2024 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Free
Take Back Your Voice Poetry Workshop 2
Date: Thursday January 25, 2023
Time: 5pm to 7pm EST
Address: In-person at The Gatehouse 3101 Lake Shore Blvd W., Toronto ON, M8V 3W8
Registration required. Max 10 spots available. Register by clicking this link.
Facilitator: Trynelle Thomas
Trynelle Thomas Break the Cycle (Take Back Your Voice)
Hi my name is Trynelle Thomas many people know me as “Nelly” I was born and raised in many
different parts of Toronto. As a young adult I choose to be part of the social work and criminal
justice line of work based on my own personal struggles and challenges as a woman of colour
who has continued to face issues related to injustice care practices, early childhood sexual
abuse, adult physical and sexually abuse, housing issues, and mental health.
From the early ages of my life, I faced sexual abuse by the hands of a family member and later
experienced my first overdose. At the age of 17 I became homeless due to my reckless
behaviour and trying to cope with the abuse around me.
With nowhere to go and not trusting the system I ended up living on the streets. Within my first
couple of nights on the streets I got trafficked. I spent my time on the street being forced to do
Things and do drugs against my will. None of my family knew at the time because my mom
thought I was living with my dad and my dad thought I was living with my mom. I faced a lot of
pain while living on the streets and that feeling led to hopelessness.
Overtime I was able to get off the streets and ran away from my traffickers but unlike most
women and children out there “I was the one that got away”. I was very lucky to have managed
to escape the life I was living on the street and after long thoughts of not wanting to be back in
the system as I was still under the age of 18. I went to go live with my dad at this point in my
journey. This itself was a challenge as I continued to run away and get into trouble during my
college years until I finally broke that “cycle “of acting in a trauma response way and turned my
life around. Although in my young adult years I faced more sexual abuse and having to deal with
the legal system I was able to choose a better life for myself. I graduated College then went on to
University while working in the field of social work.
I finally had a stable roof over my head even though living with my father had its downfalls I had
shelter. Although I struggled and still struggle with my trauma, I have a firm foundation of friends
and family that care and love me. I have now been able to move out on my own and started my
healing journey. I have created a small non-profit business for myself that focuses on
motivational speaking and mental health workshops. Related to children, youth and adults that
struggle with mental health and early childhood trauma.
I hope to one day host my very own TED talk and share my life stories/ my poetry. I wish to own
and create a place like a healing ranch for many to come and focus on their own healing
Phone: (647) 575-1052