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Coordinator, Positive Spaces Initiative

Sizwe Alexandre Inkingi is an Afropolitan queer, passionate about community building and empowerment.

Sizwe moved to Ottawa, Canada five years ago to complete his tertiary education at Carleton University. He has a bachelors degree in Public Affairs and Policy Management and is currently working for the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants’ in Toronto as the bilingual coordinator for the Initiatives Espace Positif also known as the Positive Spaces Initiative . This organisation seeks to build the capacity of the immigrant- and refugee-serving sector in Ontario particularly to serve LGBTQ+ newcomers.

Sizwe’s work primarily focuses on strengthening this network of LGBTQ+ newcomer communities to Canada and providing useful resources and tools to the community at large.

Bilingual coordinator, Positive Spaces Initiative

Yara Kodershah is an education researcher, and a subject-matter expert in social justice education. She holds a Masters of Education degree from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology from the University of Alberta, and has over nine years of facilitation experience. Yara strives to empower individuals with intersecting identities, and to strengthen the capacity of the immigrant- and refugee- sector to serve the LGBTQIA2s+ community. To her role as Coordinator for the Positive Spaces Initiative, she brings her expertise in curriculum development, research-creation methodology, and anti-oppressive/anti-racist frameworks.

Coordinator, Positive Spaces Initiative

Erin Ewing joined OCASI in June 2013 as Coordinator of the Positive Spaces Initiative. She has worked in the non-profit sector since 2008 in areas including mentorship, counseling, group facilitation, outreach, and support work. Her professional path is both motivated and complemented by her lived experience as a queer woman, with nearly a decade of activism and volunteering in LGBTT2SIQQAP+ communities. Formally educated in Women’s and Gender Studies, Native Studies, and Social Work, Erin practices with an anti-oppressive, community-based, and solution-focused approach. She enhances individual empowerment and organizational capacity-building with advocacy on a systemic level. Erin challenges herself to learn, unlearn, and grow each day, and she invites respectful and constructive dialogue within and between communities.

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