Our board is comprised of dedicated volunteers looking to help.
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 is originally from Jamaica, and she moved to the Island in 2018. She has held leadership roles in organizations focused on advocating for, supporting, and building Black communities; and she has helped to build bridges to foster collaboration across communities. Shamara also conducts research focused on understanding HIV and social determinants of health in socially disadvantaged groups, with a particular focus on Black communities in Canada. She has received numerous honours in recognition of her academic and community work, including a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
In addition to BCSPEI, Shamara is involved with the local Jewish community, the Town of Stratford, and 100 Women Who Care. She is currently the Provincial Epidemiologist in Prince Edward Island’s Chief Public Health Office, and she lives in Stratford with her husband, son, and cat.
Sarah was born and raised in Halifax, NS. She moved to PEI in 2006 with her husband and now calls Charlottetown home with their 10 year old twins. Sarah founded the Black Cultural Society of PEI in 2016 with former board members Kendi Tarichia and Scott Parsons. A lack of knowledge about Black Island history and next to no support and advocacy for the black community on the Island were the motivating factors.
She presently works with Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia as an Instructional Designer, combining her background in Graphic Design (Holland College) and International Development Studies (Dalhousie University). Sarah wishes she had a bit more time for hobbies as she loves expressing herself through multiple mediums: writing, photography, painting and drawing. She shares these passions with her twins, while also sharing her love for travel and summers on the beach on PEI.
Ikechukwu (Daniel) was born and raised in Nigeria, West Africa. He moved to PEI in 2014 and studied Psychology at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI). Thereafter he worked on his thesis examining how Black African men thrive as international students at UPEI.
Daniel is one of the founders of Overtime Management Group and oversees operations for Money Innovation Connecting Community (MICC), a startup financial peer-to-peer lending platform. Daniel is involved with other community projects and groups and works to see a more inclusive and accessible PEI for all individuals on PEI. His hobbies are: soccer, basketball, dancing, volunteering, writing and spending time with people.
Photo credit: Oniel Kuku