Meet the team

Cicely Belle Blain   CEO

Cicely Belle Blain is a diversity and inclusion consultant, activist and writer; they are one of Vancouver’s fifty most influential people of 2018, as awarded by Vancouver Magazine, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter - Vancouver, one of CBC’s 150 Black Womxn Making Change in Canada and BC Business 30 Under 30 2019 and has served as a member of the Canadian Youth Delegation to the United Nations. Their work is informed by their professional and academic background at the University of British Columbia and their lived experience as a Black, queer artist, a community builder, an intersectional feminist and a Black liberation activist. Cicely Belle’s first book debuts in 2020 with VS Books & Arsenal Pulp Press.

Cicely Belle loves;

  • Dinosaurs

  • Smashing the patriarchy

  • Swimming

  • Mani-pedi dates

Sandra Iroegbu      Director of Event Curation

Sandra was born and raised in Nigeria, she has been settling, working, and growing in Coast Salish Territories for over 9 years. When she is not dazzling you with her unprecedented sense of humour, or her OH I KNOW I CAN DANCE moves, she is actively working with the black community in Vancouver to dismantle white supremacy and the patriachal society we live in. With an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, Sandra has a passion for sustainable engineering practices and how that intermingles with social justice. Sandra was part of the team that designed an approved Active Travel Plan for the City of Vernon as part of their 2020 vision. She was also nominated as Woman of the Year in Leadership at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus. If you're lucky, you'll be amazed at the ease that she switches her accent back to home, with excitement - this ability to adapt and be a chameleon is one of her favourite strategies to survival in Vancouver as a Black woman.

Sandra loves;

  • Adventures

  • Deep conversations

  • Visiting the Motherland

  • Being a plant mom 

Sandra Iroegbu      Director of Event Curation

Becca Schwenk is a diversity and inclusion educator, communications aficionado, and creative chameleon. She is all about disruptive entrepreneurship and intersectional innovation. Becca completed her bachelor’s degree at McGill University, where she majored in both Sociology and Gender, Sexuality, Feminism, and Social Justice studies. She has worked in anti-oppressive support centres and fast-paced feminist startups, and she doesn’t intend to stop shaking up unjust structures any time soon. You can frequently find her casually slipping intersectional tidbits into everyday conversations with a cheeky smile; ready to engage free of judgement and full of empathy. 

 

Becca loves:

  • Whales 

  • Olives

  • Deep and Meaningfuls 

  • Woodsy Candles 

Becca Schwenk     Diversity & Inclusion Educator

Piper Fawkes     Administrative Assistant

Piper is a queer nonbinary femme who thrives on any opportunity to organize the thing. Having a background in technical theatre and the arts, Piper has always dabbled in their own artistic practice and helped support others in creating meaningful, connective, and unapologetically expressive art. Not one to step onto the stage, Piper will always be behind the scenes to support, organize, and help those around them achieve their goals. Introverted yet passionate, quiet and also melodramatic, Piper loves to be the sunny firecracker behind the scenes.

Piper loves:

  • Obscure yet in depth nerdery

  • Stationary

  • Nail art

  • Growing as a human and learning how best to support others