Czarina Garcia (she, her)
Czarina is a dedicated mother, a life-long learner, a community healer, educator and art-activist. She is a second generation Filipinx-Canadian womyn and treaty person currently living in Nogijiwanong, on Williams Treaty 20 Territory, the traditional land of the Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg. She was born and raised in the GTA and previously studied at Toronto Metropolitan University for Business Management, and brings over 10 years of professional experience working with small to medium businesses in management logistics and operations. In 2018, Czarina moved to Nogojiwanong and is currently studying at Trent University, working toward a double major in International Development Studies and Environment and Resource Studies.
Since moving to Nogojiwanong, Czarina has worked with the Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC), the Community Counselling Resource Centre (CCRC), and has supported the local community and culture through volunteer opportunities with the Nourish Project, GreenUP Resource Centre, KWIC, CCRC, and with Trent student groups including the Trent Visual Arts Network (TVAN), Trent Youth Entrepreneurship Society (TYES), and Student Association of International Development (SAID).
Czarina is a certified Ayurveda-Yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner, and embodied social justice educator. She is passionate about social justice and channels her skills, resources, and experiences in creating community-led, BIPOC-centered spaces that liberate dialogue, education, and living practices in cross-cultural knowledge sharing and community healing through collective decolonization. Czarina continues to create opportunities for healing within community through decolonization work, by weaving together diverse knowledge, experiences, stories and visions into the collective fabric of community awareness through a lens of understanding, acceptance and compassion.
As CRRC’s Coordinator, Czarina recognizes that systemic and individual racism are complex, deeply-rooted issues in the community, and in this role, she is dedicated to the work to combat racism and to advocate for those impacted by racial injustices and systems of oppression.