CRRC Staff

Patricia Wilson (She/Her)


Patricia is a natural community engager, social justice advocate and a nature lover at heart. She is a mixed-race, Jamaican-Canadian woman who was born and raised in the Durham Region but came to the Kawarthas for school and stayed because she fell in love with the beautiful natural spaces and vibrant community of Nogojiwanong/Peterborough & the Kawarthas !

Patricia holds an B.Sc. in Biology with a Specialization in Conservation Biology from Trent University and a diploma in Ecosystem Management from Fleming College. Having worked with various local charitable and non-profit organizations, such as the YMCA, Farms at Work & Kawartha Land Trust, and has specialized in volunteer & event coordination, Indigenous engagement & relationship building and community collaboration & partnership development.

She is also the Founder of Diverse Nature Collective – a grassroots organization that works to empower, mobilize and create space for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour within the environmental movement and reduce barriers in accessing nature.

She looks forward to continuing to advocate for racialized voices within Peterborough through her new role as CRRC’s Coordinator and working with the incredible and dynamic team at CRRC!


Rhea Shahe (She/They)

Community Advocate & Outreach Coordinator

Rhea, a queer, desi femme born in Mumbai, India, now calls Nogojiwanong, Canada home. Over nearly four years, they’ve dedicated themselves to the non-profit sector, emphasizing an intersectional approach to their work. Rhea’s advocacy primarily centers around BIPOC Queer and femme communities. With extensive experience as a research coordinator, they’ve spearheaded numerous projects gathering race-based data. Her passions lie in amplifying BIPOC perspectives in art, fostering decolonial approaches to mental wellness, and advocating for BIPOC representation in psychological research. Looking ahead, Rhea aspires to pursue psychotherapy, aiming to integrate decolonization and art therapy into their practice.


Justine Williams ( She/Her) 

Social Media & Communications Coordinator


Kharington Petgrave (he/him)

Assistant Social Justice Educator

Kharington (he/him) is an educator, advocate, and activist, attending the Trent University Faculty of Education.  His experiences as an Afro-Caribbean person, have informed much of his historical research and teaching philosophy to center the experiences and stories of all marginalized peoples. He has also spent time working in several student government/ leadership capacities, including the newly-formed Trent Bachelor of Education Equity Committee, and the Trent Durham Student Association. He is extremely excited to join the CRRC team as an Assistant Social Justice Educator.