Soundous is a first generation immigrant and settler currently residing on the unceded territory of the Musqueam peoples.
Her passion for social justice work was sparked by the allies that supported her through her education and early career journeys. Her work in global health, youth activism and Indigenous education outreach drive her passion for elevating the voices of marginalized communities.
Having lived in and traveled to many countries throughout her life, she has gained a deep appreciation for the nuances of culture and the interconnectedness that brings us all together.
Soundous loves to indulge in conversations around identity, especially third culture identity. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, trying new foods and getting into philosophical conversations with friends.
Kale is a settler born on Siksikaitsitapii territory, and is now living on stolen Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh territory. She is a white, queer, disabled activist who is passionate about building community.
She has been an equity and diversity facilitator for seven years, first working with the University of British Columbia Equity & Inclusion Office in 2014, presenting Positive Space Campaign workshops.
Her presenter experience goes beyond facilitating for hundreds of staff and students at UBC. She has been invited to keynote, as well as speak at Harvard. She is also the founding director the non-profit, the Vancouver Sex Positive Society and it’s annual conference, Converge Con, which she hosts every year and has also presented at.
She started volgging in 2016, and her first YouTube channel has four thousand subscribers and over 200K views. She recently started a new YouTube channel for Humanize Consulting, where she can talk about social justice topics that she is passionate about.
These days she is focused on taking her experience in facilitation and knowledge of gender, sexuality, disability justice and anti-racism work to the wider community. Her absolute favourite thing is reading – feel free to check out her reading list. She loves talking about books!
Karen is a second-generation immigrant-settler and a lover of 2000s music living on unceded Musqueam, Tsawwassen and Kwantlen territory.
She recently received her Bachelor’s degree in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice from the University of British Columbia and is now spending her days in search of a new direction while also trying to ignite change along the way.
She is energized every so often by memories and shared stories to develop her artistic practice using paint, acrylic mediums and found materials.
Karen believes in the importance of documenting the resilience of marginalized folks through art and amplifying their voices through facilitation.
When those things aren’t on her mind, she dedicates herself to upcycling clothing, visiting her favourite local restaurant and cultivating a personal sense of shamelessness (hopefully) comparable to her mom’s.
Gary The Wonder Chiweenie
Gary is Kale’s emotional support animal and her beloved friend. Our website would simply not be complete without him.
We acknowledge that the land on which we live, work and play is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded (stolen) territory of the Kwantlen, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) (phoentically tSLAY-wah-tooth) territories. We also acknowledge this is only a very small piece of raising awareness around decolonization, and we endeavour to continue learning how we can centre the voices of Black, Indigenous, Mixed and People of Colour.