CRRC Staff & Board of Directors
The Community Race Relations Committee of Peterborough is the community members who ensure its enduring relevance and engagement in the life of the City. We are grateful for the many gifts and hours given freely by our Board members:
Angela Connors, the Executive Director of the Community Race Relations Committee, is Anishinaabe from the Saugeen First Nation Beaver Clan. She has a passion for social justice, fuelled through her ancestry and shaped by over two decades in the non-profit sector and organized labour.
Angela has worked extensively with organizations across Ontario providing professional development encouraging dialogue and action on anti-racism and anti-oppression. She is a past recipient of the City of Toronto’s Access, Equity and Human Rights Award in Aboriginal Affairs.
In 2019 Angela spearheaded the successful campaign to get Peterborough to sign onto the Canadian Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities. She hopes to bring this campaign to municipalities across Peterborough County.
2021-22 Board of Directors
I have lived in Peterborough for the last 17 years and worked in the social services field for 20 years. I am a proud father of a teenage daughter and a teenage son. I truly draw my inspiration from them.
As a father of two biracial children, it has been my responsibility to help guide them through the stresses of race relations on their life journey. I see the Peterborough community as no different. There are many teachable moments when it comes to race and I feel I can use my life experiences to help turn those moments into a positive/educational outcome.
I am a Black Afro-Caribbean male academically exposed with over 20 years of work experience in the social service work and social work field.
Working from a Afrocentric and Indigenous lenses to bring holistic support my community member. I position myself not as an expert but a life long learner who is living with permanent disability.
Shanthi is the Director of Workforce Development at Fleming College, managing employment services in the Muskoka-Kawarthas region. She is of Sri Lankan/Irish decent and mother to three mixed-race children. She has a B.Comm. from Ryerson and a M.A. in Leadership Studies from the University of Guelph. She has worked in the technology industry, owned a bakery, and spent a decade living in Haliburton County. Shanthi loves to hike, read, puzzle, and spend time with friends and family.
Charmaine Magumbe is a Jamaican-born Zimbabwean Canadian who is a community social activist and a business co-owner of online Afrocentric business, Zingha. She is the mother of five and grandmother of three. Charmaine resides in Peterborough, where she is one of the leading voices in race relations.
Charmaine has been active in planning various events in the Peterborough community at different venues from schools, parks and community centers. These events range from but limited too, Black Lives Matter rallies, a number of events for CRRC; Black History Month(BHM), Asian Month, Indigenous Heritage Month, International day for the Elimination of racism. She regularly contributes race relations articles to the local Peterborough media.
For the past four years, Charmaine has worked as International Student Advisor starting her career with Fleming College and currently works at Western University. Most recently, Charmaine has been awarded Rebel for a Cause by the Elizabeth Fry Society for 2021. She was named the Woman of Influence in Peterborough for 2020. In 2017, she was the top 20 influential people in Peterborough, and Charmaine was the 2017 YMCA Peace Medal recipient.
I am a white Peterborough resident and mother of bi-racial children who is passionate about human rights. I have worked at Fleming College in the areas of Diversity & Inclusion Services and International Student Services since 2006. My background is in community services - women's organizations, newcomer settlement, and anti-racism education - in Toronto and Montreal. I try to stay conscious of my white privilege and completed a Masters in Adult Education focused on anti-racism education for rural white Canadians, to help my own learning and to support others on their learning journey.
Nael Bhanji is an Assistant Professor at Trent University's Department of Gender and Social Justice, with a focus on critical race theory and trans studies.