Tracy Wideman (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. Key initiatives she has steered or been involved in with the Province of BC are: the Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Program (WICWP), EmbraceBC, Organizing Against Racism and Hate Program, and the BC Hate Crimes Team. She also led institution-wide initiatives at UBC focused on equity and inclusion, which requires an ability to navigate complex, decentralized systems. Tracy currently has a private counselling practice and serves clients in Western Canada. She is both a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) and brings creativity and therapy thinking to her organizational change work. She also currently serves as Co-Chair of the Province of BC’s Multicultural Advisory Council and as a Board of Director with the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA).
Michelle Buchholz (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.
Zenia Ferreira (she/her) spent the first 5 years of her life in Mumbai, India before her family moved to Ontario, Canada. She is grateful to have lived and played on the Haldimand tract, traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples in the formative years of her life, and now lives on the the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Indigenous people. She received a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University where her interest and frustration in health inequities led her to a political science double major to better understand the systemic causes of discrimination and racism. Zenia continued her academic experience at the University of Waterloo where she explored the government actions needed to alleviate health inequities through a Master of Public Service. Her cherished major graduate project analysed the societal benefits of creating and supporting recreation and community space for marginalized communities in downtown Hamilton, Ontario.
Zenia has worked in numerous industries from health economics, to strategy development in private management consulting, and to her recent role as a Planning & Evaluation Diversity Strategist at the University of British Columbia’s Equity & Inclusion Office. At UBC, her affinity to pilot creative ideas and her collaborative data storytelling methods supported the creation of inclusive programs and processes. She strongly believes in the power of stories, whether through words or numbers, and uses her natural empathy and expertise in data to bring individuals and organizations to a new chapter.