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Racism, Health and Wellness
February 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm MST
In honour of Black History Month, we will explore the history of racism and oppression in Canadian history and its resulting systemic barriers today. Within the lens of health and wellness, and discussing how instances of discrimination can impact our bodies physical, Soni will walk us through some practices for self healing and reflection and its importance for building community and solidarity.
Moderator: Makda Habtegergesa, Associate Consultant, Canadian Equality Consulting
Makda is a recent graduate from the University of Calgary, earning her Bachelor of Arts Honours in Political Science. Informed largely by principles of equality, diversity and intersectional representation, Makda has developed a deep commitment to advancing the interests of women, particularly Black, Indigenous, and racialized women. With experience in government and nongovernmental sectors, she has developed a robust and sincere understanding of organizational structures, systems, and processes.
Makda is a relentless advocate for women, committed to intersectionality and anti racism work. In 2016, she was awarded with the Emerging Excellence award from the Government of Alberta, as well as the 2015 Persons Case Award.
Makda is eager to begin her Masters degree in Political Science and Public Policy in the near future.
Habon Ali, MaRS Discovery District
Habon Ali recently graduated as valedictorian from the University of Toronto Mississauga. She completed a double major in biology and environmental sciences and is currently completing an MSc in Global Health at McMaster University. She is passionate about removing systemic barriers for marginalized and vulnerable youth, community building and health equity. Currently, Habon is furthering youth futures at MaRS Discovery District where she is working towards improving NEET (not in education, employment or training) youth employment opportunities. As a member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council, Habon was actively involved in the creation of Canada’s first National Youth Policy.
Soni Dasmohapatra, Consultant
Soni Dasmohapatra has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta and her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Victoria. She has a certificate in gender studies and human rights from Oxford University.
When in Toronto, Soni was involved in supporting social innovation, and philanthropy work at the community level with organizations such as the City of Toronto, United Way Toronto, Laidlaw and Maytree Foundations.
Soni also worked as a senior project manager with the Government of Ontario and as a consultant with the United Nations. Over the past four years, since returning to Edmonton she has worked with the Government of Alberta, is a core team member at the Edmonton ShiftLab 1.0, was grants coordinator at the Edmonton Heritage Council, and is currently a management consultant.
Soni is keen to map Alberta’s ecosystems to find, contribute and create spaces of social innovation.