Diverse & Converse
As we start to adjust to a new normal, there is much work to be done ahead in relation to race and racism, and discrimination, especially in Canada. While this work might be uncomfortable, this discomfort will actually help us to learn and grow. What we really want to do is continue the conversation because it is vital. The goal of this discussion is to provide some tools to help you affect positive change within the community and yourself.
Episode 3 - DIVERSE HOLIDAYS
Episode 4 - Mental Health
Episode 6 - BIPOC Community Groups
Episode 7 - ANCESTORIES
Episode 8 - Sports
Episode 9 - LGBTQ2+
Episode 10 - D&C Anniversary
Episode 11 - Authors
Episode 12 - Educators
Episode 13 - Indigenous Peoples
Mohawk, Turtle Clan from the Six Nations of the Grand River, A generation survivor of residential school, an independent filmmaker, successfully released her first film “Blood a Water: A Reclamation Story” about her journey finding her way back to her Mohawk identity through the intergenerational trauma of residential schools.
Episode 14 - Health and Wealth
Episode 14 - Health and Wealth
Co-founded a few organizations including OrGanja Cannabis Society and one of the owners of N’Duru Herbal, Wondrous Works and Melanin Majik Global. She is also director of Indigenous Spiritual Affairs for Carifika Canada, member of the Ethiopian World Federation(EWF) and has recently been appointed Roving Ambassador for the State of the African Diaspora (SOAD). Her love for spirituality and spiritual growth has led her to create healing workshops and a meditation program called ‘Groundation Healing & Meditation Circle’, a spiritual program for women of color
seasoned Nutritionist, Herbalist and Author with over 14 years’ experience in the Holistic Health industry. She is the owner and operator of Sakred Synergi which provides customized wellness programs and herbal remedies that counteract stress, heals the body and feeds the soul. Her mission is to inspire and educate people about the importance of healing and expansion in all its facets so they can live healthier, evolved and more emotionally fulfilling lives.
Episode 15 - Community Building
Episode 16 - "Blue Monday"
Debi is a Toronto, Ontario-based freelance writer who’s been involved within the cannabis industry for the last 10 years. Debi has appeared, conducted, and hosted a variety of cannabis-related media for several outlets across Canada and hopes to continue riding high educating, creating to presenting potent cannabis education.
Geer Harvey (he/him) is a Registered Social Worker and Attendance counselor with the Upper Grand District School Board, and has a private practice with Support & Growth. He is currently one of the staff supervisors of Black Chapter (Black student focused group), and Jack Chapter (mental health student advocates) at a high school in Dufferin County.Geer currently holds the role of acting anti-racim officer with District 18 OSSTF. He is one of the founding members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation anti-racism writing team to address anti-Black racism within the union. Geer is an active member of Ontario Association School social worker advisory committee,
Alyna Walji (she/her) is a Master of Social Work student at the University of Toronto’s Factor-
Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, where she is also assisting with a research project investigating the social service needs of Muslims in Ontario. She has over five years of experience working in mental health and addictions research with Homewood Research Institute and the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research.
Episode 17 - Art and Activism
Raechele is a vibrant Arts Leader and Grassroots Activist with a passion for social justice, diversity & inclusion, equity and access to arts education. Known as an alumni of Dance Adventure Inc, Eastwood Collegiate's Integrated Arts Program & Randolph College for the Performing Arts; with a background in retail, merchandising, sales & marketing and a successful career as a professional Performing Artist, sought after Dance Educator, award winning Choreographer and respected International Dance Competition Adjudicator,
Episode 18 - Nature and The Outdoors
Bangishimo (They/Them) is an IndigiQueer Anishinaabe originally from Couchiching First Nation located on Treaty #3 territory. They currently reside in so-called Kitchener located along the Grand River. Bangishimo is a community organizer, educator, and advocate. Their focus is creating space for communities to come together allowing for Black, Indigenous and racialized voices to be heard. They are currently one of the co-founders of O:se Kenhionhata:tie also known as Land Back Camp.
Dionne Daley is currently Vice President of Innovation Research at Ipsos; a Global Market Research and Public Opinion company. Dionne is an undergraduate of University of Guelph where she completed a BA Honours Degree in Psychology, followed by a Post-Graduate diploma from Georgian College in the Research Analyst Program. Outside of work, Dionne is an active Outdoors Woman and advocates for diversity in the Outdoor Community. She is a board member for Guelph Outdoor School and Yorklands Green Hub in Guelph and recently launched a new initiative called the BIPOC Outdoor Gear Library - Guelph which aims to reduce barriers in accessing nature.
Alexis Charles currently serves as the Coordinator of Cultural Diversity Programs at the University of Guelph. In this role, she leads programs and initiatives that support the holistic development of BIPOC students at the school. She has a Master of Education in Anti-Oppression Education and Community Development, and is passionate about addressing educational equities and supporting those traditionally underserved in academia.
Ciana (she/her) is a person of Caribbean and African descent currently living in so called Guelph. Ciana is the Director of The Village Hearth Community School, a small non-profit school that emphasizes nature connection and community building. Ciana is constantly looking at ways to connect herself and kids with land - she is a strong advocate for traditional land stewardship and caretaking.