Our Board

Our board is comprised of dedicated volunteers looking to help.

Our Board of Directors

Ceejay

Chijioke (Ceejay) is an entrepreneur and founder of International?WTF (Wisdom, Truth & Failure). He is also the CEO of a garbage can cleaning service called “Wheelie Bin Doctors”. He is from Nigeria and moved to Canada in 2007 where he studied and graduated from UPEI with an engineering diploma.

His hobbies are: volunteering, coaching and playing soccer, squash, reading, public speaking, among many other interests. He is passionate about raising funds through sports for different campaigns each year, like the Ceejay Turkey Drive in 2017 and Squash Cancer with Ceejay in 2018. Based on what he is inspired by this year, he will raise funds for another campaign, with all proceeds going to the cause.

Shamara

Shamara was born in Jamaica and moved to PEI in 2018. An epidemiologist by training, she is actively engaged in research, volunteer, and advisory roles focused on addressing HIV and social determinants of health in Black and socially marginalized communities. She has over 20 years of experience in bringing people together to create and advance initiatives focused on humanitarianism, health, social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. In addition to BCSPEI, Shamara volunteers with several other local organizations. Over the years, Shamara has received multiple scholarships and awards in recognition of both her academic and community work, including a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and recognition in Chatelaine magazine.

Shamara believes PEI is a magical place, and she feels fortunate to live here. She resides in Stratford with her husband, two sons and a cat.

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Samuel Olugbenga Dada holds a degree in Accounting & Finance and just completed his Master’s program at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Samuel has over a decade of work experience with a Multi-National Company in Nigeria and has attended several development programs locally and internationally.

He enjoys traveling and networking.

Nathan

Born and raised in the beautiful islands of The Bahamas, Nathan LaCroix is a passionate, energetic and self-driven leader. He moved to Prince Edward Island in 2018 to pursue his Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Business Administration at the University of Prince Edward Island.

During his time at UPEI, he made it his goal to get involved throughout the UPEI community and enrich students’ lives. He did this by serving in various capacities on campus like Residence Life Advisor (RLA), Vice President of Student Life at the UPEISU and New Student Orientation (NSO) and Grad Week Coordinator.

Nathan’s goal is to contribute to The Black Cultural Society and the Black Community at large through the skills and experiences he gained during his undergrad.

His hobbies include critiquing movies, hiking, hanging with friends, volunteering and baking.

Felicia

Felicia Carey was born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas. In 2017, she entered the field of not-for-profit organizations. She has founded a successful grass root organization, Teen Life Skills Services, which focuses on marginalized youth that have succumbed to teenage pregnancy. Her organization initiatives have made an impact throughout the islands of New Providence and Grand Bahama. Since moving to PEI Felicia is currently pursuing studies at Holland College in the Child and Youth Care Worker program.

Felicia’s passion for advocacy continues not only on the needs of marginalized populations but also students in the black community on PEI. Felicia has expressed an interest in those students who have dependents. Currently, Felicia serves on the Board of Governors at Holland College as a student representative.

In her spare time Felicia enjoys spending time with her family, networking with people, learning about different cultures and going into the gym.

Claire

Claire Byrne is an Afro Latinx woman from Charlottetown.

She is a worker, a student, and a community advocate. With the many roles she plays in her family and community she is so excited to start this role with the Black Cultural Society of PEI as a director-at-large of the board of directors.

Alongside Tamara Steele, ED of BCS, and with the support of many Island organizations, Claire helped facilitate the first iteration of the BCS BIPOC Girls Group back in 2020 and she is so happy to watch the youth group expand and to continue to deepen her relationship with BCS; this necessary to grow organization.

Claire is proud to be a Black Islander and so honoured to be on the board of BCS.

Chijioke Amadi’s photo credit: Oniel Kuku

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