SHIFT Conference

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More than ever, we need to connect, witness, and take action for a better tomorrow.

Join us as we explore and uncover the wide-ranging social impacts of COVID-19. Panels and community dialogue sessions will feature stories, lived experience, arts and culture. This event series will zero in on sexual and gender-based violence, mental health and well-being, anti-racism and decolonization, and what we as individuals and a society can – and should – do in these novel times.


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Our Speakers

Nadira Aleaf - SHIFT Landing Photo

Nadira Aleaf

MA Student,
Sociology, SFU

Cicely Blain - SHIFT Landing Photo

Cicely Belle


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Dr. Kate Boyer

Geography and Planning, Cardiff University

Sam Bradd - SHIFT Landing Photo

Sam Bradd

Graphic Facilitator, Drawing Change

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Ana Brito

Douglas College; Student, SFU

Amber Brown - SHIFT Landing Photo

Amber Brown

Student, Douglas College

Jakub Burkowicz - SHIFT Landing photo


Douglas College

Seren Friskie - SHIFT Landing Page Photo

Seren Friskie

Foundry BC


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Rim Gacimi

iMPACTS, Douglas College;
Student, UBC

Maria Gonzalez - SHIFT Landing Photo

Maria Gonzalez Gomez

Student, Douglas College

Marjorie Grimston - SHIFT Landing Photo


Student, Douglas College

Nathan Hall - SHIFT Landing Photo

Nathan Hall

ELLA, Douglas College


Tracy Ho Photo - SHIFT Landing Page

Tracy Ho

Advocacy, Douglas Students' Union

Carla Hotel Photo - SHIFT Landing Photo

Carla Hotel

Criminology, Douglas College


Dalya Israel Photo - SHIFT Landing Page

Dalya Israel

Executive Director, WAVAW


Tracy London - SHIFT Landing Photo

Tracy London

(Executive Director,
Foundation &
Alumni Relations, Douglas College)

Heather MacArthur - SHIFT Landing Photo

Heather MacArthur

Research Associate, University of Windsor


Michaela McGuire - SHIFT Landing Photo

Michaela McGuire

PhD Student, Criminology, SFU

Brian McLennon - SHIFT Landing Photo

Brian McLennon

Athletics and Recreation,
Douglas College


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Amanda McMeeken

Student, Douglas College


Vanessa Le Mercier - SHIFT Landing Photo

Vanessa Le Mercier

Indigenous Representative, Douglas
Students' Union

Sebastian Munshaw photo - landing page

Sebastian Munshaw

Student, Douglas College


Anuschka Naidoo photo - landing page

Anuschka Naidoo

Counselling Services, Douglas College

Rachael Newton - SHIFT Landing Photo

Rachael Newton

Business Management, Douglas College


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Janet Ochola

Douglas College


Jed Palad - SHIFT Landing Photo

Jed Palad

New Westminster Representative,
Douglas Students' Union

Sarah Paynter- SHIFT Landing Photo

Sarah Paynter

Geography, Douglas College


Charmaine Perkins - SHIFT Landing Photo

Dr. Charmaine Perkins

Criminology, Douglas College


Holly Salmon - SHIFT Landing Photo

Holly Salmon

Learning Centre, Douglas College


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Music Technology, Douglas College

Erin Smith Photo - SHIFT Landing Page

Erin Smith

Counselling Services, Douglas College


Lisa Smith - SHIFT Landing Photo

Lisa Smith

Sociology, Douglas College


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Sarah Towle

iMPACTS, MA Student, McGill University

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James Witwicki



About us

Meet all the amazing individuals who made SHIFT possible.

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Anti-Racism Statement

SHIFT endeavours to create an anti-racist, anti-colonial space for healing, discussion and unlearning.

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