Our staff is comprised of dedicated community members who share a passion for strengthening PEI’s Black communities.
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 President, and then Executive Director of 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. In addition to many committees and advisory boards, she currently serves as a board member for Women’s Network PEI and Art in the Open, and is a past board member for Music PEI, Island Fringe Festival, and ACT (a community theatre).
Tamara enjoys reading, calligraphy, and making music with other local musicians. She lives in Charlottetown with her husband and three dogs.
Born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas. Jasonique first came to Canada in 2018 where she attended St. Francis Xavier University receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Special Concentration in Forensic Psychology and a Minor in Art.
During her studies, she held many positions in and around Student Government that included being the BLACC Society’s Logistics Coordinator, elected Student Equity Representative under StFX’s Student Union, Community Advisor and working closely with the Black Student Advising Office. It is in these roles
she provided resources and support to minority groups both on and off campus, facilitated Cultural Competency training, developed educational programming, and policy development in addition to assisting the StFX Board of Governors in creating the President’s Action Committee on Anti-Racism.
After graduating, she moved to PEI where she started working as the Peer Support Coordinator for BCSPEI in partnership with Pathways to Thrive under the Women’s Network PEI where she works with a team of peer support workers in exploring alternative healing modalities for Survivors of Gender-Based
Jasonique is passionate about Art, Advocacy, Equity, and Mental Health and is much looking forward to getting to know and working with the Black community here on PEI.
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