Chelby Marie Daigle
Chelby Marie Daigle is of French Canadian, German, and Nigerian Ijaw Ancestry. Being of mixed race has given her a unique perspective on issues of multiculturalism, immigration, citizenship, ”race”, identity, and belonging in Canada. Ottawa born and raised, she feels that life in Canada’s National Capital has shaped her commitment to being well-informed about Canada’s political landscape as well as striving to bridge the “Two Solitudes” of English and French. She’s lucky that all her work revolves around her passion for social inclusion and better representation of marginalized voices. Besides being the Ottawa Regional Coordinator for the UNAC’s Multiculturalism and Multimedia Project, Chelby works with organizations focused on young women’s empowerment and improved relations between police and Ottawa’s Aboriginal, Ethno-Cultural and Religiously Diverse communities. Her achievements include being honoured with a Leading Women, Building Communities Award by the Government of Ontario, being on the cover of the Ottawa Citizen’s Style Section offering a ‘funkier” image of hijab/Muslim veil-wearing women in the media, and having her first play premiered at the Ottawa Fringe Festival. To learn more about Chelby, feel free to visit her blog, The Woyingi Blog, which interchanges personal reflections with broader explorations of Black and African Global Identities. (Linkedin)
Elvira Truglia brings with her extensive experience in communication for social change spanning print, web and radio. As a Project Director for the Social Justice Committee, she developed a multimedia educational resource on global issues for Canadian high school teachers. For six years, she worked for the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), an international non-governmental organization developing and coordinating advocacy, public education and mobilization projects to promote community media and global social justice. At AMARC, she spearheaded Radio voix sans frontières (RVSF), a flagship global broadcast campaign against racial discrimination. She has travelled to South Africa, Senegal, Brazil, Costa Rica for communication and development projects and continues to carry the inspiration from those experiences today. Elvira also wears the hat of a freelance journalist (radio, print, TV). Her radio stories have been broadcast on CBC Radio’s Outfront, the Global Village and Sounds Like Canada, and various independent and community radio outlets. Her print work has been published in Understanding Community Media (ed. Kevin Howley), Upstream Journal, rabble.ca and cultural magazines. She has also worked as a researcher for community television and co-wrote and produced the video documentary Radio-Active. She holds an M.A. in Media Studies from Concordia University in Montreal. She currently works at Girls Action Foundation as the Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for a national campaign to promote girls empowerment. She has a long standing passion for advocacy on media, diversity and ethnocultural issues and is thrilled to be part of the M&M project.
Marina is a Calgary-based journalist with experience in many different areas of news media including print, broadcast and online. In the past she has worked with the Calgary Journal, Wild Gunmen Magazine, Newcap Radio and Global News Edmonton. Now she is happy to be working with the United Nations Association in Canada as a Regional Coordinator for the Multimedia & Multiculturalism Programme and on the Communications Committee for the local UNA-Canada branch in Calgary.
Maureen Juma grew up in Nairobi, Kenya and came to Canada a few years ago with the dream of being a journalist and working in the media industry. She enrolled at Nova Scotia Community Collage, in Halifax Nova Scotia, and later graduated from the Radio and Television Arts program.
Maureen worked her way into the industry, by volunteering, interning with various media outlets and television shows. She successfully applied to the M&M internship programme in 2012 and interned with Global Maritimes. Shortly thereafter she was hired as a freelance camera-person and editor.
Maureen is now the Regional coordinator for Halifax, offering support to the youth, and encouraging them to follow their dreams, as well as organizing events, that the youth can take part in, using the media.
“Find what you love to do, and you will never go to work.”
Born in Hamilton, Ontario raised in Houston, Texas and having Pakistani origins has given Rabia many great perspectives and opportunities. Her background has also allowed her to experience and understand many issues associated with Multiculturalism in North American media.
Rabia has an honours B.A. from the University of Toronto in Political Science and Philosophy with aspirations of Law School. Getting involved with M&M, however, has changed her future plans. M&M was a happy accident and has sparked her interest in journalism and human rights activism through the media.
Rabia has had the pleasure of working at the University of Toronto (Multi-Faith Centre and Student Groups’ Office), Toronto Community Housing, and the Ontario Justice Education Network, mostly working with marginalized youth and newcomers. Rabia also volunteers her time to NGOs such as the International Development and Relief Foundation and Frontier College (tutoring newcomer youth grades 3-8).
As the M&M Toronto Regional Coordinator, Rabia facilitates workshops, coordinates conferences and tours for youth from many walks of life. She LOVES her role with M&M and absolutely loves to work with youth; motivating them and showing them how to express their thoughts and ideas through media. She works tirelessly to encourage good citizenship and strongly believes that positive changes in the media will produce great changes in society.
If Rabia EVER gets any spare time she likes to read, travel, ski, and do any outdoor activities- winter or summer, AND would love to learn how to ride a motorcycle!
“My name is Hiba Kamal-Choufi, Lebanese, living in Canada. Coming from a different cultural background has helped me appreciate diversity and understand what multiculturalism is.
I am currently the M&M Regional Coordinator for Edmonton, where I coordinate events related to youth and diversity. I am passionate about my position with the UNAC, as it motivates me to always do what I like and work towards my dreams.
I also enjoy my second job in communication and customer service at Schlumberger Oilfield Services Company, in addition to volunteering with a local radio station. On the educational level, I have a Bachelor in Journalism and Master’s in International Affairs and Diplomacy. I have always believed that with the right education and experience, we can continue on with our dreams and make them come true.”