CURRICULUM VITAE

THORA MANSFIELD – THE OPEN DOOR CRISIS CARE CENTRE

The Open Door Crisis Care Centre was founded in 1997 to address gender-based violence and serves as a multifaceted, multi-disciplinary nonprofit “ONE-STOP” trauma and counselling centre

SPEAKER

Well known speaker on many topic including women’s and children’s issues, human trafficking.

Lead speaker at International Conference in Gauteng on Human trafficking and child labour as well as overseas.  Served on both National and International panels with experts in the field of human trafficking.   Appeared on radio and TV. 

Human Rights activist and lobbies for better service provision for abused women, children at risk and victims of human trafficking.      

AWARDS

Thora Mansfeild – Founder of The Open Door Crisis Care Centre
  • East Coast Extra Mile Award
  • Old Mutual and Independent Newspaper Community award
  • Rose of Sharon Award for making a difference
  • Women Demand Dignity White Ribbon award for outstanding achievement and contribution to the prevention of violence against women and children
  • Rotary Service Award – Pinetown Rotary Club.  Service above self
  • Nominated Checkers women of the year 3 years running
  • Awarded Certificate of Merit 2005 Outstanding contribution to the community by SAPS
  • Awarded Certificate of Merit 2005 by SAPS for Women and Children’s issues
  • Regional Business Women Association Achievers Award 2008
  • Standard Bank Certificate of Recognition 2008
  • Winner of the Business Women’s Association Regional Business Achievers Award 2010
  • 2012 Finalist: Durban Chamber of Commerce/EThekwini Municipality
  • Finalist KZN:   KZN WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE:    Category  Life Achievement 
  • Recognized as SA hero in SA Leads.
  • Finalist in KZN Top Business Awards 2015
  • Nominated for Diakonia Award 2015
  • Awarded certificate and medal of achievement by SAPS in 2016
  • Recognized by Forbes Consulting as a Woman of Inspiration 2016
  • SAPS Award for 2017 honouring women making a difference.
  • Certificate of appreciation Department of Social Development Award for excellent services by The Open Door in providing care, support and safety to victims of crime and violence 2018. 
  • Rotary Paul fellowship Award   Highest award given to Mother Theresa, Prince Phillip, Gandi
  • Women of Influence from Women Pact Foundation

 RECOGNITION: 

Sponsored and travelled to

  • United States by the American Embassy and Department of Justice to attend human trafficking workshop.
  •  United Kingdom sponsored by British Airlines.
  •  Singapore, Bangkok and Cambodia to network and explore best practices against human trafficking and abuse against women and children.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Organized and facilitated a WALK from Durban to Johannesburg over 6 days covering 700 kms with 20 x Open Door volunteers and 20 SAPS from various parts of KZN Natal in May 2016, creating awareness on anti-child trafficking, reaching over 10 million men, women and children through Live TV:  radio broadcasts, newspapers, media, and presentations.

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