(Rose Catriona/Vancouver Biennale)

(Rose Catriona/Vancouver Biennale)

I am a former athlete turned spoken word artist, public speaker, facilitator and storyteller in Toronto, Canada. A devastating knee injury in high school opened me to the world of writing and later journalism school, where I started to walk towards my fears, break silences and find my voice. These little steps of courage in my journal have led me to national stages, including the Walrus Talks, TEDx, Parliament Hill and numerous conferences, where I encourage others to see the power of their stories.

I am a graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program and have a master’s degree in women’s studies from the University of Ottawa, where I lectured on spoken word and activism. I have written for several publications, including the Huffington Post and the Ottawa Citizen, and was a 2014 Vancouver Biennale artist-in-residence. I believe in the power of storytelling to break silences, connect people and change the world around us. I currently work as a writing coach with Firefly Creative Writing.