Meet The Team

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Brianna Nelson


I'm Brianna Nelson and I am the Founder and Executive Director of WOCDC. In my personal life, I am a black womxn who enjoys good food, design, music and anime. In my professional life i am a community builder and youth engagement specialist.

In February of 2019, I created the Womxn of Colour Durham Collective (WOCDC) and to learn more about my journey, you can click here.


Kiana Bonnick
Director of Operations

I'm a quirky tea lover who uses my environmental interests to create sustainable, equitable and liveable communities. I'm currently doing my masters, I've worked for the UN and have a goal to visit 30 countries before 30. I'm halfway there!

Justine Wallace
Director of Research & Innovation

I am the Research and Policy Coordinator at WOCDC. I have lived in Durham for many years. Building community is essential to me – there is a unique and special kind of power that is generated when we get together and "connect".

Community Development

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Alejandra Ferguson
Engagement Coordinator

Hello! My name is Alejandra, and Ajax has been my home for over a decade. Books, good food & binge worthy television shows bring me joy. I think it's important to build up the community you live in & my goal is to help as many people as I can in my lifetime.

Ellie Knight
Events Coordinator

Creating a safe space for WoC in Durham Region is my goal as it allows us to feel more comfortable navigating our everyday lives. This then provides space for the Womxn in our community to create for themselves so they can feel empowered.

Aaliyah Jaleel - Director of Community Development
Aaliyah Jaleel
Director of Community Development

An undervalued necessity for the world’s population is the power of WOCDC’s Connect pillar. Through words, actions, or interactions, we embrace one another and add vibrancy and importance to our lives. I can’t wait to keep connecting with the inspiring WOCDC community.

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