Co-founder & Co-coordinator
Fabiola is the co-founder and the co-coordinator of Black Girls Gather. Originally from Cameroun, born in Germany and raised in Montreal, her being is a mosaic of those three cultures. She is currently embarking in her last year at CEGEP André-Laurendeau in a psychology oriented Social Science program. And after said milestone, she hopes to further her studies in psychology at any given institution of higher education. Having a keen interest in the understanding of the human mind, she volunteers in different spaces such as Les Amis de Rosie to bring help to those in need. Her other interests consist of reading, practicing yoga and meditation and interacting with others on different subjects that enrich the human mind and experience (amongst other things)
Co-founder & Co-coordinator
Khadija is an assistant coordinator for Black Girls Gather. She is currently completing her bachelor in educational psychology/psychoeducation at University of Montreal. She has been working as a caretaker for almost a year in a rest center for autistic kids on weekends. Her interests vary from personal development to making crafts to playing video games in her free time.
Samantha (they/she) is the assistant coordinator for Black Girls Gather. They identify as a nonbinary queer being who hails from the mountains of Rwanda. They currently live, love and learn on the un-ceded territory of the kanien’keháka people in Tiohtià:ke or Mooniyang (Montreal). Through the mediums of storytelling and community organizing their work aims to explore justice, decolonization, love, healing, self and collective empowerment. In 2019 Samantha facilitated various workshops aimed at building relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youths in Tiohtià:ke or Mooniyang (Montreal) under Canadian Roots Exchange program Youth Reconciliation Initiative. In 2020 they co-wrote the Project Woke policy report at the Black community Resource Centre (BCRC) and are currently their Community Outreach Assistant. In her spare time, you will find Sam dancing to Solange Knowles, eating something sweet, reading Bell hooks or rock climbing.
Vanessa is the treasurer of Black Girls Gather. She grew up in the West Island of Montreal, but her family and herself are originally from Guyana. She is currently entering her first year at Concordia’s John Molson School of Business where she is majoring in Human Resource Management and minoring in Marketing. For the past five years, she has volunteered at the West Island Black Community Association by taking on multiple roles such as content creator for their Instagram page. Her interests vary from reading & writing, to singing and dancing. She enjoys expressing her creativity through drawing, fashion and makeup.
Outreach and Events Coordinator
Joanna is the outreach and events coordinator for Black Girls Gather. She is entering her second year at McGill University where she is majoring in Political Science and double minoring in Economics and Communications. She is a private Tutor and co-chair of the Montreal Regional chapter of Youth 4 Youth: Québec. Her interests are diverse, from singing to reading to hiking or debating; she like to express herself both artistically and intellectually.
Social Media Coordinator
Katya Stella Assoe is a West Islander of Rwandese and Togolese origin. She is the social media coordinator for Black Girls Gather and is currently entering her third year at the Faculty of Law of the University of Montreal where she is completing a Bachelor in Civil Law. While a self-proclaimed afro-pessimist, she steadfastly believes that the Black community will always be able to transcend any political, economic or systematic roadblock society throws its way.
Amélia is the website coordinator for Black Girls Gather. She is entering her second year at the Faculty of Law of McGill University where she is completing a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Juris Doctor with a minor in Sociology. She is currently working as a Research Assistant at the Faculty. In the past year, Amélia has been a member of the executive committee of the Black Law Students’ Association of McGill University (BLSAM) and has been part of the Démarche jeunesse sur le vivre ensemble with the Institut du Nouveau Monde. She has a lot of different interests: She loves to express herself in creative manners such as writing and drawing