Dona has been such a source of support and encouragement for me as a Black Queer facilitator in a predominantly white program. From giving me tips on connective exercises I can use to hold collective space, to just being an ear to listen and understand some of my unique struggles, Dona’s grounded wisdom has definitely helped me show up in a powerful way for my cohorts. So much gratitude for their commitment to supporting me and the shaping of the Eco-Institute from afar, even with all they have going on!
Psalms White - EIPM
Dona is a very thoughtful, conscientious, and empathetic facilitator. She is able to create an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome and heard, and her interactive group activities allow for in-depth conversations about difficult topics in a safe inclusive environment. It was especially refreshing to be able to connect with her thoughts on the positionality of being a diaspora Asian and settler of colour on Tio’tia:ke. I hope to participate in more of her work in the future!
FS - Workshop Participant
Alison Sever - EIPM
Duha - Sustainable Concordia
Dona is a very skilled facilitator, with many years of experience, with extensive knowledge of earth-based forms of facilitation, and broad knowledge that ranges for poetry to ecology, all of which she diligently brings to each of the spaces she comes into.
Kama La Mackerel
As a mediator, Dona has offered her talents as listener, space holder, negotiator and dare I say – therapist – during some heartbreaking and difficult conflicts. Her humanity shines through when sets firm boundaries in a respectful, loving way, while ensuring that step-by-step, all members are consenting and on the same page. She has taught me how to separate personal from professional matters and has lightened my heart and vision.
Dona is an exemplary community leader whose fierce light has inspired me in my own growth and practices as entrepreneur and artist. I’ll never forget when I saw her in action at an event she had organized at Ausgang. There were hundreds of attendees and people buzzing around. There she was, all smiles, navigating teams and logistics all the while graciously welcoming attendees. I realized then that Dona could dream big and execute.
Monica Paraghamian - Lotus Collective
Rachel McCrum - Quebec Writers Federation
Patrick de Gruyter - Saint Columba House
Dona is a brilliant, fun, generous, utterly trustworthy, diligent, creative and nurturing facilitator. Her efforts in community building through creative facilitation are formidable! She can be counted on for an open mind and a big overflowing heart.
Nadia Chaney - TimeZone Research Lab
I worked with Dona for nearly two years and what consistently stood out to me was the integrity and the experience that she brought to any challenge or task or that came her way. She taught me a great deal about creating meaningful partnerships and building accessible spaces and events. Dona is deeply reflective, creative, and innovative, and she carries this into her projects and relationship-building. These are invaluable skills in an age where we see increasing barriers to human connection and community. I wouldn’t hesitate to work with Dona again and would readily recommend her as a facilitator for arts-based or social justice focused workshops.
Gabrielle Veilleux - CRE
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