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Board of Directors

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Ravyn Ariah Wngz  (She/Her)

Board Director

Ravyn Ariah Wngz, “The Black Widow of Burlesque” is a Tanzanian, Bermudian, Mohawk, 2Spirit, empowerment movement storyteller of Trans experience. An abolitionist, and Black Renaissance Artivist. Her work is rooted in Black liberation and Indigenous Resurgence. She has a vision to create work/art/conversations that open minds, expand truths and deepen intellectual commitments into lived practices. Her purpose is to elevate the level of our collective global humanity. Ravyn is a co-founder of ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company, The Artistic Director of Outrageous Victorious Africans Collective, a steering committee member of Black Live Matter Toronto, and Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Canada.

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Rodney Diverlus  (He/They)

Board Director

Rodney Diverlus is a Haitian-Canadian multidisciplinary artivist, performance-maker, and artist whose work incorporates contemporary and afrikanic movement dance practices, physical theatre, and public arts-based interventions. His artivism imagines large-scale public installations that blur the lines of protest and performance.He has presented and interpreted works for companies from across Canada, including Art Gallery of Ontario, Canadian Opera Company, Stratford Festival, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, SummerWorks Festival, the Dietrich Group, to name a few. He is the co-founder of Black Lives Matter – Canada, Black Lives Matter —Toronto, and previously, Lead Canadian Organizer for the Black Lives Matter Global Network . He is co-author of Canadian bestseller Until We are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada.

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Sandy Hudson  (She/Her)

Board Director, Chair

Sandy Hudson is an activist, public intellectual and creative with a talent for inspiring others to imagine just futures. The founder of the Black Lives Matter movement presence in Canada and Black Lives Matter – Toronto, Sandy also helped to found the Black Legal Action Centre. Sandy currently co-hosts the Sandy and Nora Talk Politics podcast, and has appeared in numerous international publications. Sandy has been honoured as one of Toronto Life’s 50 Most Influential Torontonians, Post City Magazine’s Most Inspiring Women, and Canada International Black Women’s 100 Black women to watch. Sandy has a background in choral music, musical theatre and photography and is passionate about infusing the arts into her social justice praxis. She is co-author of the best-seller, Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada.

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Syrus Marcus Ware  (He/Him)

Board Director

Syrus Marcus Ware is an Assistant Professor at the School of the Arts, McMaster University. He is a Vanier scholar, visual artist, activist, curator and educator. Syrus uses drawing, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks and black activist culture. His work has been shown widely, including a solo show at Grunt Gallery, Vancouver and new works commissioned for the Toronto Biennial of Art and Ryerson Image Centre. He is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter- Canada, and a core-team member of Black Lives Matter – Toronto. He is a part of the Performance Disability Art Collective, and an ABD PhD candidate at York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies. His curatorial work includes That’s So Gay and BlacknessYes!/Blockorama. He is the co-editor or the best-selling Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada.

Paige Galette  (She/Her)

Board Director

Paige Galette was born in Montréal, raised in London, Ontario, and makes the Yukon her home. Paige is an established and nationally-positioned community organizer and educator. Paige has a strong background in logistics planning, event management, governance, policy, and employer-employee relations, all the whilst utilizing an anti-oppressive, anti-racist and equity building frameworks. She holds over 15 years of experience serving in leadership roles on NGO boards. Paige Galette has been published in the Toronto Star, Until We Are Free; Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada, The Monitor, Francopresse, Briarpatch, in addition to being a bi-weekly columnist for Panorama (Radio-Canada BC-Yukon).


Udokam Iroegbu  (She/Her)

Board Director

Udokam Iroegbu is an abolitionist and Black community advocate based in Vancouver. She’s a queer, Nigerian femme of Igbo heritage and an organizing member of Black Lives Matter Vancouver. Udokam co-facilitates WOC Talks, a group for all women (inclusive of folks with trans, non-binary and intersex experience) to gather, heal, un/learn, and build solidarity. Udokam is a board member of Black Lives Matter Canada and the Director of Strategic Projects at Hogan’s Alley Society, a non-profit organization that advocates for Black Vancouverites, who have endured the legacies of urban renewal.