Nadine Sookermany (she/her) comes to this work as an educator, community activist, parent, partner and advocate for all things political (which is always personal). She is currently the Executive Director of Fife House Foundation, the largest provider of supportive housing for people living with HIV/AIDS in the country. First and foremost, Nadine identifies as a member of the QTBIPOC community so her lived experience situates her in this work. As a senior director, leader and educator with decades of experience in the not-for-profit sector, she brings specific expertise in community development and education rooted in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression (ARAO).
Nadine’s research has focused on the impacts of violence and trauma on learning – in both a post-secondary and community context. When defining what violence looks like – she remains focused on the institutional and systemic violence that persists across many settings learners of all ages engage in. Nadine believes a focus on relationship – with peers, learners, the land and the communities she works with is key to making the shifts required for systemic change. As a change agent, the current focus of her work is to lead and develop strategies that embed equity and ARAO in everything she engages in. Nadine brings a decolonizing, intersectional, feminist lens and passion to anti-violence education and community-based work.