Director At Large
Deborah is a first-generation Nigerian-Canadian. She holds a Bachelor of Communication Studies degree from the University of Calgary and an Honours Journalism diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. During her time as an undergraduate student, Deborah traveled to Guatemala to produce a series of short documentaries and photos for the international NGO Mayan Families, and spent time in Rwanda serving in refugee camps alongside the UNHCR. These experiences allowed her to hone her skills as a journalist and reinforced the importance of understanding how history affects present-day socio-political dynamics.
Her recent work includes serving as the refugee rights intern and then communications coordinator at Citizens for Public Justice in Ottawa, framing the messaging and promotion of various advocacy campaigns on social policy issues. Deb is a contributing author for a forthcoming book on Canadian politics for Millennials, a 2020 G(irls)20 Young Director, an Advisory Board member at Leading in Colour, and the Writing and Content lead at TRAD Magazine. She is currently studying Public Policy and Management through Dalhousie University's Executive Education program and, in her spare time, volunteers as a youth mentor with the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association. Deb is driven by a passion for learning and believes strongly in the importance of centering marginalized voices.