Tracy (she/her) was born on Treaty 6 territory and currently lives on the unceded, ancestral and traditional lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Indigenous people. She works to challenge and educate herself on her white, settler identity, and integrates this learning into her professional and personal journey. Tracy has a 20-year career working in the fields of equity, inclusion and anti-racism work in progressively senior leadership positions in the BC provincial government, non-profit sector, and in higher education. Building relationships is one of Tracy’s key strengths. Over her career, she has created strong relationships with communities and groups across the province of BC to support collaboration and capacity building around equity and inclusion.
Michelle (she/her) is a proud Wet’suwet’en woman and is a member of the Witset (Moricetown) Band and was raised in Smithers, BC. She is a member of the Gitumden clan and the Cassyex house. Michelle is a graphic facilitator and recorder and has worked with various clients including provincial and federal government, First Nation communities and organizations, universities, health authorities, consulting groups, youth groups, etc. Her passion is working with Indigenous communities to raise Indigenous people up, with an emphasis on the health and wellness of Indigenous peoples. Michelle holds a Master of Public Policy from SFU and completed her capstone project on developing policies to address anti-Indigenous racism in health care.
Halimah (she/her) is a settler of Southeast Asian descent on the unceded
territories of the Halq’eméylem speaking First Peoples. She is an
equity and inclusion consultant-collaborator focused on advancing
racial equity and justice through organizational shifts and providing
anti-racism learning opportunities. Halimah holds an MA in Equity
Studies in Education and has a decade of experience working in the
communications and health research field. She also volunteers with Free Periods Canada and collaborates with Elimin8Hate and project 1907 to advocate against anti-Asian racism. Halimah does not shy away from difficult conversations about decolonization, racism, and political accountability, and she dreams about launching an Indigenous-led teaching strategy to incorporate literary works by Aboriginal writers in school curriculums in meaningful way.
Lilly (she/her) grew up in rural Ontario on the territory of Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. As a young bi-racial woman growing up in a small and racially homogenous town, she bore witness to and experienced a multitude of injurious racial prejudice who has shaped how she lives and interacts today. As a result, Lilly has developed a natural passion for Equity, Justice, and systemic change. In her work she aims to be the mentor, advocate, and co- conspirator for IBPOC youth that she could have used when she was young. In order to see the change that she envisioned, Lilly started her own Non-Profit for underrepresented youth in journalism, highlighting underreported stories in global affairs. She is a settler, now learning and living in Vancouver on the unceded territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl ̓ ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations.
Melanie is an equity and inclusion specialist living and working on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. She is committed to working with organizations to create equitable, accessible, and just, spaces where diversity and inclusion can thrive. Melanie has a strong interest and experience in people practices/HR, process design and improvement, and change strategies for systems and social change. She has worked as a Curriculum Developer in leadership education at SFU Continuing Education, as a city planning commissioner with the City of Vancouver, an advisor for the Vancouver Foundation, and is currently co-chair of the BC Multiculturalism Advisory Council. Melanie is a trained change management practitioner who has studied gender theory and linguistics at UVic and operations management at BCIT. Melanie’s unique background in community development, activism, and storytelling informs the way she creates and relates to her DEI and organizational change work.