We are pleased to present the members of the inaugural Atlantic Changemakers Council, 2022.
Jan Martin (They/She) is a Two-Spirit Artist, Designer, and Poet from Gespe’g the Last Land in Mi’kmaki. Their work explores themes of Absurdity, Anti-Capitalism, and Indigenous existence in a systemically racist world using fictional characters as allegory. When not working on art projects Martin is working a day job as a Senior Graphic Designer at a Software company, organizing with the Design as Protest Collective, watching videos online of seagulls using automatic doors to steal snacks from convenience stores.
Shreetee Appadu (they/them) is a queer immigrant from Mauritius who moved to Kjipuktuk in 2017 for their studies. They did a Bachelor in Environmental studies with a minor in Geography at SMU and are very passionate about environmental justice, intersectionality and community care.
Newfoundland & Labrador
Kristen Murray (she/her) is a community leader, activist, and social entrepreneur from Newfoundland & Labrador living in St. John’s on the island of Ktaqmkuk. Kristen is a Master of Business Administration in Social Enterprise & Entrepreneurship student at Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Board Member of the Social Justice Co-operative of NL.
Khairunnisa (Inda) Intiar
Born in Indonesia, Inda (she/her) now lives on the banks of the Petkukweak, in the Siknikt district of Mi’kma’ki (Moncton, NB). She’s passionate about storytelling, sustainable development, youth empowerment, and building bridges between peoples. She contributes to her community through grassroots projects, boards, committees, as well as her writings. She’s been recognized with various awards locally and regionally, and was named one of Future of Good’s Young Impact Leaders in Canada in 2019. Contact her via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/indaintiar/
Newfoundland & Labrador
Paul Walsh (he/him) is CEO of the Autism Society of Newfoundland & Labrador (ASNL). Paul spent 35 years working in private industry before joining ASNL in 2021. Born with Cerebral Palsy, Paul has been an active volunteer in this disability community for over 25 years. Paul holds both Bachelor of Commerce – Co-operative and Master of Business Administration degrees, a Masters Certificate in Project Management, and is a Chartered Manager. Paul is also a part-time student at Queen’s College School of Theology in St. John’s, pursuing a Masters degree in Theological Studies.
Siobhan (she/her) is a community connector and creative. She is originally from the prairies, and has been a guest in Mi’kma’ki for the past 7 years. Siobhan is the Co Director and Co Founder of Let’s Sprout, a youth-led initiative that creates spaces for youth to compassionately explore their whole selves, question the world with an empathetic and critical lens, and demand action. She is also currently working as the Program Manager for Youth Climate Lab. Siobhan is passionate about equity-centred community design and climate justice, and endeavours to weave these two passions into all she does. You can often find her in nature, with her near and dear, dancing, or stitching a new creation.
Khadeja Raven Anderson
Newfoundland and Labrador
Khadeja (she/her) is a Trinidad and Tobago national, currently based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. She is passionate about advocacy, Black Liberation, and Healing. She focuses on Anti-Racism, Anti-Black Racism, with an emphasis on the ways in which race seems to intersect between power and perception. Raven has studied at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus, where she graduated with honours with a special bachelor’s degree in History. Raven moved to St. John’s in 2018, and graduated, with honours, with a bachelor’s degree in Education (Intermediate/Secondary) from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Education remains a driving force of Raven’s life. Since graduating, Raven is an activist, current cofounder and co-president of Black Lives Matter NL, active member of the Anti-Racism Coalition NL, a Director of the board of Girls Rock NL and an anti-racism consultant at her agency, Ravensong Consulting NL. She is currently a producer at CBC Radio-Canada and a workplace DEI specialist at Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC).
Saa Andrew Gbongbor
Saa Andrew (he/him) graduated from Saint Thomas University in Fredericton NB with a degree in Human Rights Law. He is the Chief Creative Officer for Battle of the Arts NB (BOTA-NB), a youth-led art-based show that works with diverse community members and partners to promote cultural awareness through the arts.
Since 2011, Gbongbor’s youth-led art show has included artists from across the east coast working to empower youth, bring community together, create excitement around arts, and learn in a safe space. Saa Andrew writes, composes, performs and produces music.
Through cultural awareness presentations in schools for children, youth and educators, he explores dismantling racism, team building and why representation matters. He has worked with diverse artists around Canada and across the border on numerous art projects.
Prince Edward Island
Christina MacLeod (she/her) is the Chief Taskmaster at VOLUME18, a strategic communications firm. She has worked in startups, health and environmental policy, federal government relations, and community development. Her passion is bringing together the right players to create change. She lives in Stratford, PEI with her husband and two children.