Who We Are

Staff

Cáitlín Currie, Coordinator

2016-2017 Board of Directors

Charmaine Magumbe (Chair)

Andy Burke

Crystal Scrimshaw

Sathis Prabu C.

Kelly McDowell

 

Board Bio

Nadine came to live in Peterborough in 2004. Her job as a prof at Trent University in the Department of Political Studies was the reason for her move. She loves the city and the Kawartha Lakes area very much and wants it to be a safe and enjoyable place with a meaningful sense of community. The CRRC’s mandate is part of building this kind of community. She also sits on Trent University's Presidential Advisory Committee on Human Rights, Equity, and Accessibility.

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Mika is a new board member from Toronto who moved to Peterborough to attend Trent University. Last year Mika spent a year abroad in Ghana as part of the International Development Studies program. Returning to Peterborough, Mika pursued CRRC due to an interest in addressing race relations at the community level.

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Suha is a Palestinian student currently completing her Bachelors Degree in Environmental and Women’s Studies at Trent University. She was born in Jerusalem, Palestine and came to Canada in September 2008. Suha has been a member of the Peterborough Coalition for Palestinian Solidarity since 2008, a board of directors’ member of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group in Peterborough (OPIRG) since 2009, and a board of directors’ member of the Community and Race Relations Committee (CRRC) for the year 2010.

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Chanda Kaziya recently joined the Board of Directors. Originally from Zambia, Central Africa.  Kaziya moved to Canada with his wife who is pursuing a Masters Degree in Material Science in the department of Physics at Trent University. Prior to coming to Canada, Kaziya worked in the Education sector for Six years and Four years as Principal Labour Standards Officer in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. The position helped him develop strong organizational and communication skills and gave him the opportunity to deal with dynamic issues and situations in the Public Service.  A positive attitude helped him face the challenge of moving to a new country.  Kaziya holds Bachelor of Arts With Education in Psychology from the University of Zambia,  College Diploma in Secondary Teaching,(Geography and Physical Education) from Nkrumah University College. He now works with Christian Horizons in Peterborough. He brings a wealth of international experience in organizational management.

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Perry grew up in Whitby, Ontario moving to Peterborough in 2005 at the age of 18 to attend Trent University. He has graduated from Trent with a Bachelors degree in Political Studies and is currently in the final year of completing a separate degree in History. Perry has been a volunteer at the New Canadian Centre and has joined the board because he believes in helping to build bridges between Peterborough’s marginalized ethnic, cultural and religious groups and the wider society, which would help eradicate systemic discrimination and foster a climate of greater understanding within the community.

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Christine Sy was born and raised in the Bawating (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario) region of the Robinson Superior Treaty area. She is Anishinaabe of mixed ancestry whose roots emerge from Obishkikaang (Bay of Pines/Lac Seul First Nation) through her mother and from Belle Island, Newfoundland through her father. She presently resides in Nogojiwonong (Peterborough) with her daughter and has been a resident for most of her graduate studies at Trent University since 2006 where she is presently in her second year of a PhD Indigenous Studies program. Christine is studying Anishinaabe women’s economy and labour at the sugar bush harvest, historically a site of social economic autonomy, leadership and community contributions. Christine is an active volunteer within the university community and also sits on the Board for Niijkiwendidaa Anishinaabekwewag Circle Services in Peterborough. She is a poet who is presently working on her manuscript ‘Laying Cedar’.

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Faye was born in Malaysia and came to Peterborough in September 2007. She is currently working at the New Canadians Centre as the Receptionist, and she enjoys working with people from diverse backgrounds. Faye has a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Trent University. She was a Trent International Ambassador, and was active in the international community at Trent.

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Pete is an international student from Thailand. He is currently a 4th year student studying international development studies and economics at Trent. He was involved with the Ontario Public Interest Research Group and Trent Southeast Asian Organization before he did a study abroad in Ghana during 2009-10. He is keen on learning about and contributing wherever possible, to social justice. He is now back in Canada dreading winter.

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Elizabeth was born and raised in a small town in Northern Ontario, eventually making the move to Peterborough where she pursued a BBA at Trent University. Elizabeth is of mixed Lao heritage, and has been actively pursuing research and work towards eradicating the Landmine Crisis.  She is currently working in Peterborough as a freelance photographer and for an affordable housing initiative. She has a great fondness for coffee and winter.