Staff and Volunteers
Black Women in Motion programs, outreach initiatives and conferences are made possible by our staff and volunteers.
Founder and Program Director
I’m the Founder and Program Director of Black Women in Motion.
In this role, I oversee all aspects of the organization’s management including: broad engagement, fund-raising, implementation of its mission and vision, development of programs, hiring and training of staff and volunteers as well as working closely with schools, community partners, youth and families.
I founded Black Women in Motion in January 2013 to help young women reach their full potential through programming that supported their intellectual, emotional and physical well-being. BWIM seeks to inspire positive change by giving young women the tools and support needed to achieve their personal and professional goals, empowering them to be role models, mentors and leaders in their communities.
BWIM is a critical support program for young women who reside in Toronto’s high priority neighbourhoods. The program helps them to improve academically, build self-esteem and self-confidence, build positive peer support networks, be mentored by youth and adults, build tangible life skills and effectively manage the stress of their transition into adolescence and adulthood.
I love working with young people and simply want to be useful to disadvantaged and marginalized women and girls in Toronto. I believe they all deserve a real shot at achieving success and represent a valuable, untapped resource to their communities.
Doing this has been a life changing experience. I have better sense of what really matters in life–doing what makes you happy. My heart is and has always been in youth development. Honestly, I couldn’t have picked something that was a more better fit. And that’s what this program is about: self-discovery and personal growth.
Five years from now I want BWIM to be everywhere! A community-wide program. I want it implemented in every Toronto Community Housing residence and operating at every ward in The City of Toronto. In 5 years, we will have more participants, more staff and more volunteers and at least one flagship location. As long I am breathing I’ll be dedicating a huge chunk of my life to youth development. Through grants and contributions, we are able to keep this going and we WILL continue to do so. We must make that investment in our young people–its for the betterment of the community.
As Program Coordinator, I am responsibile for the day-to-day running of BWIM programs. This includes overseeing all aspects of program development and implementation as well as evaluation. It is my responsibility to ensure the highest standards in programming and delivery are maintained.
I received my Social Service Worker diploma from Seneca College in 2011 where I also served as a volunteer mentor to new students to the program. As a graduate from York University, I obtained my Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Social Science, with a concentration in Social Policy and Equity Studies. While in university, I was involved in many extra-curricular activities and groups and eventually joined the YUBSA (York United Black Student Alliance) student group, where I was elected as the Vice President of Programming and Services. As VP, I was responsible for the planning and execution of YUBSA events and functions. In this position I was able to design and deliver programming for young people in the community.
As a black woman I know the importance of nurturing and advocating for young women. I’m determined to make a difference in the lives I touch. With the daunting challenges facing our young people its important to have programs like Black Women in Motion. It has been very gratifying knowing that I have been able to help others to overcome their personal barriers and reach their full potential and create programs where young women are better poised to make healthy decisions and become actively engaged members of their own communities.
My name is Kesha Hamilton. I am a recent graduate from Humber College where I received my degree in Criminal Justice. I am the second program facilitator for the Peer Consent Committee. It is important for me to be a part of this organization because I have a passion for working with others to inspire change. The sense of making a difference — getting involved in the community by helping others — gives me great satisfaction and a purpose in life. It is a pleasure working with such a wonderful organization and being a part of a sister hood.
I am a History student at York University, a gardener, a sister, a daughter, an avid thrifter, and a lover of my community. I got involved with Black Women in Motion last year at the This Means WARR conference and was extremely appreciative of the wealth of knowledge that was available for Young Black Women. I felt so moved by how the conference set a foundation in providing the agency for Young Black Women to dismantle the systemic oppression that are placed upon their bodies by society. I am ecstatic to be involved with such a dynamic team doing work for the greater good.
I’m a writer, editor, producer and digital strategist with a decade of experience working with Canadian media outlets and brands. I’m happy to be a part of an organization like Black Women in Motion because they are on the ground helping the future generation of women of colour when they need it the most–during their formative years. Everyone is not lucky enough to have the kind of support, mentorship and love that is needed to propel one’s self into a future full of self-actualization, success and stability. Black Women in Motion is here to make sure that local youth are able to find their strides and keep moving forward in life.
Social Media Coordinator
I have the desire to be more involved with my community and to connect with other black women from different origins. I believe we can bring together men and women from different walks of life to better understand the roots of oppression that have plagued our communities and institutions. I want to play a strong part in empowering other black women and helping organizations to educate our community about issues that impact women of colour. I enjoy listening to the origin stories of others, which I feel has given me great listening skills. I make sure to reflect on how others are affected by what I say and write, and how I communicate my thoughts and ideas.
I am currently employed in the healthcare sector. Along with my main responsibilities in patient care, I manage the organization’s different social media platforms and I am currently coordinating the redesign of the website. To help with developing marketing skills I’ve taken the initiative to participate in social media and web development courses with an organization called Camp Tech. Also, I am an avid reader of articles related to social issues, politics, intersectional feminism and personal finance (get that coin!). I enjoy listening to an array of different podcasts while cleaning, commuting or cooking a tasty meal. Travelling is a big priority in my life, being immersed in a different culture, learning from the locals and eating delicious foods is my kind of adventure.
The Peer Consent Committee
Each year, a team of local Toronto youth are assembled to organize and execute the annual This Means WAAR: Weekend of Action Against Rape Culture conference. The 2016 committee included:
- Rachel Sarpong
- Moses Alem
- Jamar Hall
- Marsha Shanita Masiko
- Rasheed Ricketts
- Nana Owusu Ansah
- Molly Francois
- Davia McKenzie
- Assumani Komasa
- Iris Pacheco
- Sofia Vasquez-Rivas
- JP Bisquera
- Rose Smile
- Trisha Clarke
- Nathaniel Cunningham