I’ve been an advocate for a range of issues since I was a young child. The following is an overview of projects I’ve been involved in as both an activist and artist/creative from the early 2000s to the present.
Nomadic Residency: Arte Útil (2017)
A week-long art residency at OCAD University with Tania Bruguera.
Arte Útil roughly translates into English as ‘useful art’ but it goes further suggesting art as a tool or device. Arte Útil draws on artistic thinking to imagine, create and implement tactics that change how we act in society.
—Taken from the official Arte Útil website.
The residency involved more than a dozen working and student activists who spent every day unpacking the concept of Arte Útil and how it could be applied. The final action at the end of the week was a large student gathering/protest demanding change at OCADU.
All photography by Jamie A.M. during the residency.
Projects with Malvern Family Resource Centre (MFRC)
A community-oriented organization, the Malvern Family Resource Centre (MFRC) has given me amazing opportunities as both a volunteer and employee. I primarily worked with the Women’s Place department on several programs and events.
INCLUDED Project (2017)
INCLUDED: Connecting Diverse Women with Disabilities in North-East Scarborough (“the INCLUDED Project”) was a pilot project aimed at understanding the unique needs and challenges that women with disabilities in the community face and developing best practice to overcome these challenges.
—Taken from the INCLUDED Project Report.
Being part of the INCLUDED Project was a wonderful opportunity to directly engage in community advocacy, especially for women with disabilities.
My roles included:
- Core committee member
- Data collector
- Event coordinator
- Design consultant
Summit photography provided by MFRC.
Bridging Gaps: Accessing Special Needs Education Supports in the Community (2016)
I was very fortunate to create an extensive service listing for educational supports specifically for children with disabilities.
My roles included:
- Design lead
- Book designer
TCDSB Ban on GSAs (2013)
In high school, I had the incredible opportunity to speak against the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s (TCDSB) motion to ban Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA) in Catholic schools. On behalf of the GSA at Mary Ward C.S.S, co-founder, Erin Edghill, and I went to the board meeting to speak about our experiences as leaders in our community and the importance of having a safe space for LGBTQ+ students in schools.
Thankfully, the motion was voted against that night at the board meeting.
As of 2019, I am proud to announce that the Mary Ward C.S.S GSA is still present.