Our staff is comprised of dedicated community members looking to help.
Born in Halifax, Tamara grew up between the Nova Scotian communities of Cole Harbour, East Preston, and Upper Hammonds Plains. Tamara has lived on the Island since 1999 when she began studies in music and English at the University of Prince Edward Island. After completing her studies, Tamara spent over 13 years as an arts administrator with the Confederation Centre Art Gallery before becoming the Executive Director for BCSPEI.
Tamara has spent over two decades watching the population of Charlottetown grow, in which time, she has developed a passion for building up and advocating for PEI’s Black community. She currently serves as a board member for Women’s Network PEI, Music PEI, and Art in the Open, and is a past board member for Island Fringe Festival and ACT (a community theatre).
Tamara enjoys reading, crocheting and playing music with other local musicians. She lives in Charlottetown with her husband and three dogs.
Flossie was born and raised in Kenya.
For over ten years, she worked at UN-Habitat in Nairobi as a Public Information Assistant where she performed administrative functions and supported the external and internal communications of the organization, acting as liaison between the organization, government, bilateral and multilateral development partners. Her work brought together delegates from around the world to discuss sustainable human settlements.
Since moving to PEI in 2021, Flossie has completed a post-graduate certificate in Journalism and Communications at Holland College and was involved in theh facilitation of workshops for youth in low-income areas who are interested in music and arts.
Flossie loves traveling, nature, writing and community service. She also enjoys networking with people and learning about different cultures and history. Her recent blog, The Mi’kmaq Voices, is a collection of short stories by and about PEI’s Mi’kmaq First Nation.
Ayo holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Prince Edward Island where he majored in Psychology with minors in Anthropology and English Literature. Prior to serving in his current position as Project Coordinator for BCSPEI, Ayo was the Research and Planning Intern at Farmers Helping Farmers, an international non-profit based here on Prince Edward Island.
Ayo is currently coordinating a national study on the impact of public health measures related to COVID-19 on the availability of and access to sexually transmitted and bloodborne infections prevention and testing services, including harm reduction services, on African, Caribbean, and Black communities in Canada.
Ayo is passionate about his community, and he shows this by his involvement in local organizations that support the Black community and other marginalized groups in Prince Edward Island. He is also a member of the PEI Poverty Elimination Council
Toronto born and raised, Aaron has detoured around the world and finds himself in PEI. Having completed degrees, both locally and internationally Aaron has studied at Brock University, The University of Toronto, The University of the West Indies, and the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
After finishing his Bachelor of Education, he moved on to the University of Ottawa where he completed a Masters of Education in Policy, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies with a focus on Black Excellence and Antiracist Education
Aaron has been published in a number of curriculum studies journals and has almost a decade of teaching experience. He is excited to apply it all to his new role as the Youth Program Coordinator at the Black Cultural Society of PEI.