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Kyla Pascal

Kyla Pascal is a Métis & Black woman, born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. Kyla holds a degree in Political Science and Women & Gender Studies and currently works as the Office Coordinator of the Alberta Public Interest Research Group. At APIRG, she coordinates daily operations, as well as serving as the project lead for long-term social justice projects for racial justice in Alberta's institutions. She has diverse experiences in the non-profit sector including volunteering with Apathy is Boring and the National Black Coalition of Canada. She also has extensive experience in Edmonton's food and coffee industry where she developed her interests in food sustainability, accessibility, and the ways in which food, nutrition, and culture play significant roles in both our personal and political lives. When she isn’t fighting for social justice, you can find her checking out a comedy show or walking her dogs in the river valley. 

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Jacquie McNulty

Jacquie was born in Calgary but now calls Edmonton home. At an early age she discovered her deep love of music. As a harpist, she enjoyed spending hours practicing her instrument alone or as part of a community in orchestra. Her love of music brought her to McGill University and the New England Conservatory in Boston where she studied the instrument. While in Boston, she discovered the social justice movement called El-Sistema that seeks to promote positive social change through music. El Sistema changed the course of her life and reshaped her passion for building community.  
Her desire to learn more about El-Sistema and social justice work brought her to Los Angeles where she completed a Master's of Arts in Teaching with a focus on El Sistema. Here, she worked with many incredible students and learned from  brilliant teachers which helped lay the foundation for her understanding for how to work positively within a community, take on a strength based approach, and to always ask questions.
As her time in LA came to a close, Jacquie was humbled to receive a position with YONA-Sistema, the Edmonton based El-Sistema inspired program run through the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. She is so grateful to work with such an incredible community of students, families, and staff- her second family. In addition to her love of music, Jacquie enjoys spending time outside hiking, rock climbing, or swimming. 
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Nathalie Batres

Nathalie is a marketing/communication specialist, with a passion for social justice work, who aims to do her best to advocate for the vulnerable, criticize "the system", and fight colonialist structures and thoughts.
Originally born in Chilliwack, BC, Nathalie is a first generation Salvadorian-Canadian who started her advocacy work in high school with War Child Canada. Nathalie recently returned to Edmonton from New York (where she worked in UN Peacekeeping's Public Affairs Office) to work as the Marketing Officer for the Royal Alberta Museum.  
An avid traveller, Nathalie enjoys getting outside her comfort zone by exploring new cultures and landscapes. Watching documentaries, spending time in the mountains, and trading jokes with friends and family are some of her favourite pastimes. Nathalie aims to do her best to never stop learning and advocate for feminist and PoC causes, so that future generations can live in a more just and equitable world. 
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Rose-Eva Forgues-Jenkins

Rose-Eva has been able to share her passion for gender equality as a producer for the radio show Adamant Eve. She has been volunteering with CJSR since 2013 - she has enjoyed getting to know all the amazing folks in Edmonton’s feminist community and deepen her understanding of intersectional feminist issues.

She started working in the school system when she moved to London, UK and loved having the chance to learn alongside students of all ages and backgrounds. Since coming back to her hometown, Rose-Eva has had the opportunity to work primarily with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is dedicated to creating a world that is accommodating of all abilities. Recently, Rose-Eva was able to combine her two passions of working with youth and radio in her position as podcast producer at the Centre for Race and Culture.


Rose-Eva identifies as an intersectional feminist and prison abolitionist, who is dedicated to the fight against the capitalist, white supremacist, hetero-patriarchy. Rose-Eva also enjoys cycling through Edmonton’s beautiful river valley as well as cooking (and eating) green onion cakes.

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Hyungu Kang

안녕하세요~ and Hello! Hyungu Kang is a first-generation settler to Turtle Island from Seoul, South Korea. Hyungu’s maternal family is from South Korea with paternal ancestry from both sides of the 38th parallel. Hyungu spent his adolescent years on unceded, unsurrendered Mi’kmaq territory of Halifax (K’jipuktuk), Nova Scotia and now lives in Treaty 6 Territory in Amiskwaciy Waskahikan (Edmonton). Hyungu is currently in school studying public health epidemiology at the University of Alberta and intends to work in areas of cultural mental wellness for youth by youth. Hyungu’s current community advocacy work is focused on issues of reconciliation, anti-oppression and decolonization. Hyungu is currently involved with an Immigrant and Youth Mental Health Program and the Youth Reconciliation Initiative team with Canadian Roots Exchange. A 4-season cyclist, Hyungu loves community dinners with friends and family and finds his peace outdoors chasing mountains, rivers, and oceans.

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Stephanie Booth

Stephanie Booth has a Bachelors degree in Biology, Masters degree in Public Health, and once won fifth place in a pie eating contest. She currently works as a policy analyst in the Government of Alberta Ministry of Health as well as through the University of Calgary as a vaccine data analyst. Stephanie's academic, volunteer, and advocacy work focus on the health and health equity  of the LGBTQ+ community, and she guest lectures at a variety of University and college faculties on LGBTQ+ health, epidemiology, and infectious disease surveillance. Stephanie joined Next Up to gain skills in anti-oppressive practice, increase her knowledge of social and environmental justice issues, and meet other amazing Edmontonians doing rad work in their communities. 
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Luthfia Friskie

Luthfia is a first generation settler in amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory. She was raised in Edmonton by her big and beautiful Muslim Kenyan family, speaking Swahili, making ugali and watching soap operas. Her deep connection to her family created an awareness and understanding early on of the complexities of our lived experiences as racialized people in this country. This awareness has blossomed into a fierce passion for ensuring that our voices are heard and that we have an impact.  

Luthfia graduated from the University of Alberta in 2015 with a Honours degree in Anthropology and Film Studies. She has worked and volunteered as a member of a non-profit community based film theatre, at her mosque, as a mentor for youth and children, as an intern in a museum for cultural and heritage studies, and with members of the public requiring career counselling. 

When not working, Luthfia loves watching movies, spending time with her sweet little cousins, reading Afrofuturist or POC centered sci-fi, baking/cooking, listening to podcasts, traveling, and playing board games with friends.

Luthfia’s hope is not only to become more engaged in her community, but to empower others to do so as well. She hopes to create community and to make connections through art, literature, film, and interpersonal relationships.

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Emma Jackson

Emma was born on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Anishnaabeg territory to a family that's deeply invested in the Canadian labour movement. She is passionate about climate and migrant justice, workers' rights, and anti-capitalist struggle. In 2013, while studying at Mount Allison University, Emma co-founded DivestMTA— a student movement calling for the university to pull its endowment fund out of the fossil fuel industry. She has continued to organize with the student divestment movement ever since, bringing the struggle for climate justice off-campus with sit-ins, marches, and blockades in support of land-based resistance movements. After graduating, Emma spent a year serving as the acting Executive Director of the New Brunswick Community Land Trust where she worked with small woodlot owners to resist the corporate takeover of farm and forestland in the province. 

In 2017, Emma moved to Treaty 6 territory to pursue a Master’s degree in Sociology at the University of Alberta. Her research explores the intersections of migrant, climate, and capitalist crises, with her thesis looking specifically at migrant domestic workers’ experiences of the Fort McMurray wildfire. She also works as a research assistant at the Parkland Institute on the SSHRC-funded Corporate Mapping Project, which is investigating the power and influence of the fossil fuel industry in Western Canada. She is an organizer with Climate Justice Edmonton and Courage Coalition, and a solidarity organizer and volunteer with Migrante Alberta. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the newly-founded Alberta Workers’ Association for Research and Education (AWARE). Emma spends a lot of her time thinking about community land trusts, watching nature documentaries, and wishing Trudeau would fulfill his electoral promises.

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Brenna Gavel

Brenna is an inner city social worker. She is passionate about harm reduction and utilizes reflective practice to ensure her work with individuals is based on trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and strengths-based approaches. Originally from Nova Scotia, Brenna moved to Alberta in 2015 after completing a degree in Forensic Paychology at St. Francis Xavier University. From there, she went on to study Social Work at the University of Calgary, and has been working the front lines ever since. Brenna enjoys hiking, road trips, and chocolate chip cookies. 

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