RISE Program Coordinator - Ottawa
Sam is a community organizer and activist who is passionate about amplifying the voices of marginalized and disenfranchised communities. Born and raised in Ottawa (on the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin nation) Sam has been working to dismantle and reform unjust power structures since her formative years. Sam has pursued traditional knowledge learning opportunities through Indigenous education frameworks and also studied Child and Youth Care at Algonquin College.
Sam began her professional career working in outdoor education with a focus on accessibility adaptation. In previous roles she worked with underserved communities at CNIB Lake Joe and the Wabano Indigenous Centre for Excellence. Recently Sam also completed a year living in the Inuit community of Ivujivik working with youth as an educator and development specialist. She has also volunteered her time as part of projects serving the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Canada and abroad. In all these roles Sam has worked to expand the table and emphasize undervalued voices in leadership positions.
“My passions for civic engagement, youth-driven activism, and intra-/inter-community empowerment structures are all reasons I am proud to work with Apathy is Boring to deliver the RISE program in my hometown.”