Lang Ncube is the current Community Development Coordinator for the ACB Network. She recently completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo in Psychology with a minor in Human Resources. Presently, Lang sits as a member on the Waterloo Region District School Board’s Black Brilliance Advisory Committee as well as on the City of Kitchener Mayor’s Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Her roots of advocacy mobilizing began at U-Waterloo as she is a cofounder of RAISE (Racial Advocacy for Inclusion, Solidarity & Equity), an on campus service created to address on campus racial inequalities for BIPOC students. Those skills accompanied with her desire for transformative social change have structured her racial justice approach.
Ciann Wilson has over a decade experience working within Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities across Canada as a health researcher. Her body of work aims to utilize research as an avenue for sharing the stories and realities of Black, Indigenous and racialized people for the improvement of the health and wellbeing of our communities. Her areas of interest include: critical race and class theories, anti-/de-colonial theory, African diasporic and Indigenous community health, HIV/AIDS, public health, social determinants, political economy, sexual and reproductive wellbeing, equity in education, and community-based research.
Ruth Cameron is a certified Clinical Research Associate, and formerly worked as a Community-Based Research Facilitator at the Ontario AIDS Network. Ruth’s community development experience has encompassed work with East Mississauga Community Health Centre, The Well, Rainbow Health Ontario, the Strengthening Hamilton Community’s Initiative (SHCI), the rape-crisis movement in Hamilton and Peel Region, newcomer settlement and affordable housing. Ruth Cameron is a graduate of McMaster University with a Master’s degree in Sociology focused on Race, Class and Gender Studies. In 2014, she founded the Audre Lorde scholarship for Black LGBTQ youth in Hamilton. She describes her career and praxis as “doing intersectionality”.
Fiqir Worku is a recent graduate at the University of Waterloo with a Bachelors in Health Studies. During her undergraduate career she lead a social justice campaign to create RAISE (Racial Advocacy for Inclusion, Solidarity and Equity) the first-ever service on campus dedicated to addressing racism and xenophobia. Because of this work, she has also been awarded the Lincoln M. Alexander award, a provincial award given to one community member in Ontario that has demonstrated leadership skills in racial advocacy. She is the current co-chair of the Waterloo Region district school board’s Black Brilliance Advisory Committee and has previously been the Vice-President of the University of Waterloo’s Black Association for Student Expression.
Zack Ahmed recently graduated from the University of Waterloo with a bachelor’s degree in International Development, a minor degree in Public Policy and Administration, and a diploma in Environmental Assessment. Zack is passionate about social justice and community engagement and is actively connected to local communities in K-W Region. During the last three years, he served as the Vice-President, Board of Directors of the Somali Canadian Association of the Waterloo Region (SCAWR) where he played a key role in revamping SCAWR’s core programs, such as homework club and sports programs, while co-developing new programs such as New Comer Women Literacy Program and Social Circle Program that cater to low-income immigrant families in the K-W region.
Donalee Mc Intyre is a graduate from Renison University College with a degree in Social Work. She is a community advocate with years of experience as a Caseworker and member of the newcomer community. Her commitment to justice stems from her life experiences as an Afro-Trinidadian Woman, it is motivated by a future where there is justice for all, and is led by traditions that educate, strengthen and encourage her in this work