Kujenga’s Advisory Council

In 2020, we solicited the expertise of community leaders and innovators across Durham Region to create Kujenga Wellness Project’s Advisory Council. Meet our council and learn more about the work they do to support Black families across Ontario.

Jasmyne Julien

Chair

As the Project Coordinator for the Kujenga Wellness Project, Jasmyne is committed to opening a productive line of communication between the Black communities in the Durham and the social institutions that govern our societies. With a Bachelors degree in criminology, Jasmyne is skilled in challenging longstanding ideas, and critically thinking about ways to reconstruct systems and institutions across Ontario and Canada.

As a racial justice and prisoner’s rights advocate, Jasmyne Julien uses her educational background and platform as a community leader to advocate for the rights of racial minorities, correctional inmates, and releasees across Ontario. Loaning her voice to tables across the province, including the City of Toronto’s Youth Violence Prevention Project, she hopes to help build institutions to have holistic perspectives and approaches in aiding communities as they search for equality and equity.

Cristal Hines

Co-Chair

As a social entrepreneur, leading operations strategist, equity educator and
community activist, Cristal Hines bridges the gap between vision and impact through
holistic and equity-centric strategy for youth, individuals and organizations who are
seeking to improve cultures and institutional practices.

Cristal is also an activist, community organizer and equity educator. Namely, as one of the founding organizers of the Durham Black Accountability
Coalition
, she actively works to eradicate systemic anti-Black racism through police
practices on all levels of government. In her role as Case Manager for Youth involved in the
Criminal Justice System in the HOPE program
at Yonge Street Mission
, she adopts a client-centric and reflexive approach catered
to the context of her dynamic clientele to effectively provide wrap around care
management service to the populations she serves.

Learn more about Cristal’s work here.

Alethia Caldore

Member

Alethia is a compassionate, innovative, and wellness-oriented Registered Psychotherapist, licensed Child Youth Care Practitioner, and member of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors. She currently holds an MA in Education from Central Michigan University. She is a graduate of Ryerson University obtaining an Undergraduate degree in Child Youth Care.

Alethia possesses experience in the realms of social services and clinical support, consultation, and facilitation. She prides herself on having highly developed interpersonal skills, an Afrocentric worldview, inclusive of excellent oral and written communication. She has spent her career gaining a wealth of knowledge pertaining to experiential, clinical, and theoretical practice, disabilities, homelessness, and other issues impacting various communities.

Brianna Nelson

Member

Brianna is a community developer, youth engagement worker and above all, a very proud Black woman. She has a passion for social justice and mental health and is committed to amplifying the voices and experiences of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) within her work. She has worked for a variety of non-profit community-based organizations and currently works as a Community Health and Education Assistant for Canada’s largest mental health teaching hospital. Brianna is also the vice-chair for Whitby’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (WDIAC), an Outreach Facilitator for the Durham Black Students Network (DBSN) as well as the Founder and Executive Director of the Womxn of Colour Durham Collective (WOCDC).

Kashauna Bailey

Member

Kashauna Bailey is an advocate for the well-being of young parents, she is passionate about the care for maternal and infant health and, strives to be a part of meaningful and impactful change within the Black community. Kashauna has an educational background in Sociology, is a trained doula and a Bibliotherapy facilitator. She is currently a Counsellor with the John Howard Society of Durham Region and on the Board of Directors for the Literacy Network of Durham Region.

Genelle Pollydore

Member

Vernon Henry

Member

Ingrid Edwards

Member

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