DC Wordmark Logo on Yellow Wall BG.jpg

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.

Panelists

Pilot Episode 

Joy SVS headshot.jpg

JOY SAMMY

Workplace Equity and Diversity Manager, Apart of the Guelph Black Heritage Society and President's Advisory Committee

TD Headshot 20.jpg

TYRONE DOWLING

Superintendent of Education, Wellington Catholic District School Board (Aug, 20 - Present)

IMG_1785.JPG

BRIANA GREEN-INCE

Facilitator, Artist, and Social Justice Advocate

Episode 1 - BLM Protests

Image.jpeg

KYRA NANKIVELL

Helped organize the BLM Protest in Centre Wellington

Selam NEW BIO IMAGE.jpg

SELAM DEBS

Antiracism Educator, An Anti-Oppression Coach

108A0918.jpg

ALYSHA PASCHAL

Co-founder of Halton Hills Alliance for Social Change

E54845A3-FB7E-4687-BDAD-71659BD4E722.jpeg

ERICK BAPTISTE

Helped organize the BLM Protest in Centre Wellington.

Episode 2 - Cannabis

Snapchat-949563713.jpg

NATALIE SOPHIA

Owner/Operator for NA Skincare, VP of Sales for Mrs. Fudgemaker

SmartSelect_20201118-025417_Photos.jpg

JUSTIN REID

Certified in Cannabis culinary, also as a Cannabis Sommelier, Community Advocate 

81213508_463036691286833_6853828271730065408_n.jpg

REENA RAMPERSAD

Cannabis Advocate, and Owner of The Limin Restaurant and The  High Society Supper Club

Episode 3 - DIVERSE HOLIDAYS

117942062_624556671799292_223221862037609880_n.jpg

XICOTENCATL MAHER LOPEZ

Advocate for Indigenous Society

FB_IMG_1607527624942.jpg

NICOLAS MOSOS

Owner of "You Move Me" A Moving Company based out of Guelph

IMG_20201124_120525.jpg

BRIAN KWOK

Philanthropist, Owner and Founder of Guelph Market

Episode 4 - Mental Health

S Ally Headshot_Sept 2020 .jpg

SHARA ALLY

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Health Company NEUROorganics Inc., PhD

IMG_20210106_151919.jpg

SIYOBIN BLANCO

Activist, Multidisciplinary Dancer, Entrepreneur

Episode 5 - Black Heritage Month

4 copy.jpg

AISHA BARROW

Upcoming R&B Singer-Songwriter based out of Guelph

010 Vassell-Bowen.jpg

VERESE VASSELL BROWN

Gospel Singer-Songwriter based out of Guelph

Episode 6 - BIPOC Community Groups

IMG_0397.jpg

NADIA HUSSEIN

Executive Member of Laurier’s 

Association of Black Students from 2018 to 2020

DSC_6838e.jpg

LANNOIS

President of CCAWR since 2019

image_6487327.JPG.jpg

BONITA 

Founder of Halton Hills Alliance for Social Change

carla.life.coach.2.JPG.jpg

CARLA BEHARRY

Antiracism Consultant, Writer, Speaker, and Mental Health Advocate

Episode 7 - ANCESTORIES

RA_Headshot.jpeg

RYAN ANTOOA

Designer, Photographer, Poetry Author

2021-02-14 14_14_11.968-0500.jpg

STACY SAVARY

Leader In The Community, She Provides Mentoring Programs, Camps For Children, as well as Social Support And Outreach. Author.

Dee with books.jpg

DENISE LOPES

Author of Children's Literature Specifically Created to Inspire BIPOC Children

_KOA5597-2.jpg

VALENE CAMPBELL

Author of Children's literature, Poetry Author.

Episode 8 - Sports

Donnovan Bennett Headshot.jpg

DONOVAN BENNET

Feature Host, Producer and Radio Host

Headshot Tam.jpg

TAMIKA DRYSDALE

Assistant, Marketing Partnerships at the Canadian Olympic Committee

Kafui-3206 (2).jpg

KAFUI

National Champion in the Men’s Open 83kg Weight Class.

Episode 9 - LGBTQ2+

Mona Lisa.jpg

MONA LISA

TPOC Member, 519 Community Member

Jarred_Website_Square.png

JARRED

 (they/them) is a Filipino, Genderqueer, and Non-Binary Educator

191189409_919072132276995_9105722139365153649_n.jpg

ODESIA

(she/her) is a Black, Queer, Cis Alumna of the University of Guelph, 2019-20 Chair of Guelph Pride, Hosting the First Virtual
Pride Festival.

195017792_478836726755036_6974642430210469132_n.jpg

BRITTANY

Queer, Non-Binary Femme, Settler, Caregiver and Farmer on the lands of Anishinabek, Haudenosaunee, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and Attiwonderonk (Netural) peoples.

20200308_143240.jpg

BELLA

Anti-oppression Educator, Fat Activist, Fiber Artist, Vegan Baker, Member of Multiple Committees.

Episode 10 - D&C Anniversary

SmartSelect_20201118-025417_Photos.jpg

JUSTIN

Local Spoken Word Artist and Activist, Educator and Certified Level 2 Cannabis Sommelier.

Snapchat-949563713.jpg

NATALIE

Owner/Operator of NAskincare, VP Sales for Ms. Fudgemaker

108A0918_edited.jpg

ALY

Co-Founder of Halton Hills Alliance for Social Change

Joy SVS headshot.jpg

JOY SAMMY

Workplace Equity and Diversity Manager, Apart of the Guelph Black Heritage Society and President's Advisory Committee

carla.headshot.jpg

CARLA

Antiracism Consultant, Writer, Speaker, and Mental Health Advocate for Change

81213508_463036691286833_6853828271730065408_n_edited.jpg

REENA RAMPERSAD

Cannabis Advocate, and Owner of The Limin Restaurant and The  High Society Supper Club

Selam NEW BIO IMAGE.jpg

SELAM DEBS

 Antiracism Educator, An Anti-Oppression Coach, and A Social Justice Advocate

Episode 11 - Authors

Dee with books.jpg

DENISE

Author of Children's Literature Specifically Created to Inspire BIPOC Children

Adam.jpg

ADAM

Award-winning poet, writer, performer, songwriter and traditional storyteller of West African folklore

_KOA5597-2.jpg

VALENE

Author of Children's literature, Poetry Author.

Jay.jpg

JAY

Antiracism Consultant, Writer, Speaker, and Mental Health Advocate for Change

2021-02-14 14_14_11.968-0500.jpg

STACY

Author, Leader In The Community, She Provides Mentoring Programs, Camps For Children, as well as Social Support And Outreach. 

Episode 12 - Educators

Teneile.jpg

TENEILE

They are the co-founder of insideWaterloo, an independent media outline, a member of the Textile Magazine editorial team and has been published in various outlets. They are the Equity and Inclusion Officer at the WRDSB and Co-Founder of the digital publication insideWaterloo.

Drew.jpg

DREW

Drew is a teacher, community leader, and advocate who has a passion for youth and social justice. He leads neighbourhood youth groups, music lessons, camping programs, and community service opportunities for youth

Tess.jpg

TESS

A Upper Grand District School Board teacher with an Indigenous background

Episode 13 - Indigenous Peoples

Ashley.jpg

ASHLEY

Blue Lightning Woman is a reconnecting Indigenous warrior in the name of her Grandmother Irene. She is an activist and member of Rise Up BWG. She raises awarness in racial issues in her community, educating in Indigenous culture and fighting for the rights of those who need to be heard.  

Layla.jpg

LAYLA BLACK

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.

Skyler.jpg

SKYLER WILLIAMS

Mohawk of the Six Nations,

A spokesperson for 1492 Landback Lane

Shy-Anne.jpg

SHY-ANNE

A Disabled Afro-Indigenous-Irish Land Defender 

Episode 14 - Health and Wealth

Episode 14 - Health and Wealth

Noni.jpg

NONI AYEOLA

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

Trisha.jpg

TRISHA SMITH

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. 

Omar.jpg

OMAR RODNEY

Founded and Co-founded many entities such as, 'Taste of Life', 'Fine Kind', 'Wondrous Works', 'I.F.A.R.I.' and 'OrGanja Society' to name a few. I currently reside as President of Carifika, a current member of the E.W.F. and Member and an Ambassador of the State of the African Diaspora.

Jodi-ann.jpg

JODI ANN CAMPBELL

Founder of Malcolm’s Choice, a local marketing and advertising company and social enterprise dedicated to connecting consumers with trusted Black-owned businesses across Canada. 

Episode 15 - Community Building

S Ally Headshot_Sept 2020 .jpg

SHARA ALLY

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Health Company NEUROorganics Inc., PhD

Denise.jpg

DENISE FRANCIS

Treaseurer of the Guelph Black Heritage Society (GBHS). Denise is a founding member and has also served as Secretary of Chair Programming Committee and on the Building Committee.

Elaine.jpg

ELAINE ROBINSON

Entrepreneur, Change agent, Community worker, and she has over 30 years experience in community development.

Episode 16 - "Blue Monday"

191189409_919072132276995_9105722139365153649_n.jpg

ODESIA

(she/her) is a Black, Queer, Cis Alumna of the University of Guelph, 2019-20 Chair of Guelph Pride, Social media content and community creator.  Working in the non-profit music and arts sector with @SilenceGuelph and @CFRU93.3

S Ally Headshot_Sept 2020 .jpg

SHARA ALLY

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Health Company NEUROorganics Inc., PhD

Debi.jpg

DEBI FACEY

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.jpg

GEER HARVEY

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.jpg

ALYNA WALJI

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.jpg

RAECHELE LOVELL

 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,

Joella.jpg

JOELLA CRICHTON

Joella Crichton is an actor for stage and screen. She

holds a BFA in Acting from York University. Joella is

passionate about her Caribbean heritage and is the nine

time Queen of Carnival here in Toronto

Andrew.jpg

ANDREW CRAIG

Andrew Craig creates and performs original music for the stage and screen, writes plays, directs

music, theatre and festivals, produces content, hosts live and broadcast events, and teaches.

Rufus.jpg

RUFUS JOHN

Rufus John is a black Caribbean-Canadian singer/songwriter, entrepreneur, certified Child & Youth Worker, award-winning youth mentor, the founder of Music Is My Weapon and The Freedom Marching Project, writer, performer, director, and editor.

Episode 18 - Nature and The Outdoors

Bangishimo.jpg

BANGISHIMO

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.

Amy.jpg

AMY SMOKE

Amy Smoke (they/ them) is Mohawk Nation, Turtle Clan from the Six Nations of the Grand River. They are a Two Spirit, IndigiQueer parent, land defender/water protector, community organizer, and public speaker

Dionne.jpg

DIONNE DALEY

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.jpg

ALEXIS CHARLES

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.jpg

CIANA HAMILTON

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.