Meet Our Team

Serisha Iyar

Executive Director

Serisha (she/her) is an experienced workshop creator, facilitator and curriculum developer.

She draws from anti-Apartheid teachings alongside liberation and womanist theologies. Her work is rooted in  anti-oppression, global decolonization, anti-racism and providing intersectional analysis.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University in Political Science & World Religions and serves as a Board Director for The Solidarity Library.

Trisha Iyar

Creative Director

Trisha Iyar (she/her) is a queer, first-generation Canadian from a South African-Indian family.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University with a major in Political Science and a double minor in Communication Studies and World Cinema.

As a marketing and communications professional with a strong passion for social justice and youth activism, Trisha seeks to create equal and accessible opportunities for 2SLGBTQQIA+ as well as Indigenous, Black and racialized youth.

Serena Iyar

Graphic Designer

Serena (she/her) is the founder of Iyar Illustrations a creative agency creating content that is culturally representative of racialized communities. 

As a digital artist who specializes in chic, minimalist designs. She leads our content creation and programming for youth under 20 years old. 

She is the recipient of The Halton Hills Mayor’s Youth Action Committee ‘Youth Award’ and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Women & Gender Studies at Carleton University.

Advisory Board

RaeChelle-Faith Hamilton

Board Director (2021-)

An effective and dynamic communicator and strategist who can connect, both verbally and in writing, with different people in a clear, courteous, and concise manner. A proactive team-player–able to anticipate needs and respond accordingly. As a servant leader, I have garnered considerable expertise across various sectors, including: local and international government institutions, non-profit organisations, educational firms and independent consultancies.

For over 5 years, I also worked as a project manager on some of the largest international festivals in Jamaica and the Caribbean, in addition to serving on several regional youth boards in areas of administration and policy initiatives. As a writer and editor, I also possess research publication editing experience as a ghost-writer for a number of Masters and PhD level candidates.

Diana Idibe

Board Director (2021-)

Diana Idibe (she/they) is an experienced communicator and educator. Diana brings compassion and tact into every interaction. Her history of developing and facilitating anti-racism workshops has brought her into classrooms, offices, and event spaces around the country. With the ability to see the value in everyone, Diana creates a path for high-quality conversations that lead to key learning outcomes. With years of experience in youth leadership development, Diana is passionate about working with racialized young leaders to find their voices and build collective power. 

Diana holds a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University and a Master’s of Education from the University of Ottawa. When Diana is not working, researching, or connecting, you can find them outside recharging, listening to podcasts, or trying new recipes.

Ally Freedman

Board Director (2020-)

Ally Freedman is a sixth-generation young Métis woman with roots in Northern Saskatchewan/Manitoba. She also has Italian and Jewish heritage. She has a BA Honours in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations from Carleton University, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Native Studies at the University of Manitoba.

She is a passionate defender of Aboriginal/Indigenous rights and equality for all peoples. Ally has contributed in many aspects to promoting diversity and inclusion for women, Indigenous peoples, and other marginalized groups in politics and society. She is a powerful young woman who uses her voice to amplify the voices that are far too often silenced, especially the voices of Indigenous women. Throughout her many endeavours – she strives to make the world, especially Ottawa, a better place. Ally is always looking for ways in which she can use her skills, knowledge, and privilege to speak out for injustices.

Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah

Board Director (2020-)

Debbie is a Black feminist with over 8 years of local and international advocacy experience in a variety of roles ranging from programming and counselling to policy analysis and project management. She is the new Executive Director at the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD). 

She has had the pleasure of bridging her passion for social justice with international development at Oxfam Canada and volunteering with feminists organizations like the Ottawa Dyke March, Harmony House Women’s Shelter, and Planned Parenthood Ottawa. She is also a board member of the Venus Envy Access Fund creating funding opportunities for members of the community she loves so much. 

When Debbie isn’t yelling into a megaphone at protests or organizing events, she’s probably on a field somewhere playing rugby. Or baking a cake.

Former Advisors

Sukh Thind

Board Director (2019-21)

Jean-Paul St. Rose

Board Director (2019-21)

Deb Mebude

Founding Board Director (2019-20)