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Meet Our Program Team

Browse through the list below to learn a bit more about the people who run the 1834 Fellowship Program.

Velma Morgan

Position: Program Co-Architect

Velma Morgan is a leader with proven experience in creating and implementing policies and programs in the provincial government for over 10 years. Her comprehensive knowledge of government and public policy processes allows her to quickly decipher and analyze complex issues and positively contributes to a solution.

Velma’s recent work in government included working on the highly successful Pan/Para Pan American Games, the creation of the province’s Sports plan and the creation and passing of two legislations: The Ontario Immigration Act and Ontario Black History Month. She co-organized the first Black Political Leader summit in Nova Scotia.

Through her positions in the provincial government and work in education, she ensured that the voices of marginalized communities were reflected in policies and government’s communications. She also helped to strengthen collaborative ties between racialized communities, youth and government in new and innovative ways.

As Chair of Operation Black Vote Canada, she is the co-architect of the 1834 Fellowship and the architect of the first ever- Black Community provincial leaders debate, Black Women’s Political Summit and Next Generation Political Summit. Velma is also involved in a myriad of community and not-for-profit associations. She continues to participate in election campaigns at the Municipal, Provincial and Federal levels across Ontario.

 

Velma’s recent work in government included working on the highly successful Pan/Para Pan American Games, the creation of the province’s...

Velma Morgan

Program Co-Architect

Annamie Paul

Position: Program Co-Architect

Annamie Paul is a lawyer, international affairs expert and social entrepreneur from Toronto. She holds a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa and speaks four languages. Annamie is an inaugural Action Canada Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow, a member of the Recruitment of Policy Leaders Program, member of the University of Ottawa Common Law Honour Society and a recipient of the Harry Jerome Award. She has worked in diverse roles, in global conflict prevention, the International Criminal Court and Canada’s Mission to the EU. Annamie has founded two social non-profits and has launched and supported non-partisan organizations that have helped women and minorities to enter Canadian politics. She is a first generation Canadian of Caribbean heritage and is married with two sons.

Annamie Paul is a lawyer, international affairs expert and social entrepreneur from Toronto. She holds a Master of Public Affairs...

Annamie Paul

Program Co-Architect

Gerri N. Lutaaya

Position: Program Coordinator

Gerri belongs to the Ngonge clan within the Buganda kingdom.

Through her academic, professional and lived experience, Gerri has developed a spirited zest and commitment to the power of young people and their ability to take action and have meaningful impact. With 8+ years of professional experience, Gerri has gained an in-depth understanding of the nonprofit sector working for internationally recognized charities including Invisible Children, the United Nations Association in Canada and the Stephen Lewis Foundation. A sought-after public speaker, Gerri has been invited by the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association (OSTA-AECO) and TVO’s The Agenda, among others, to share her expertise. 

Gerri holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University and a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) degree from Carleton University. She has also completed a certificate in Program Evaluation for Youth Wellbeing from Youth Research & Evaluation eXchange (YouthREX) housed at York University’s School of Social Work.

To complement her academic accomplishments, Gerri is grounded in Nelson Mandela’s challenge that “a degree means nothing unless you go out into the community to prove yourself”. She is an active grassroots volunteer working closely with Groundswell Community Trust Fund and Women’s Health in Women’s Hands netWORKING Mentorship Project. Most recently, Gerri was recognized as a 2019 Volunteer Toronto Legacy Award Nominee for her outstanding volunteer work.

Born in Halifax, raised in Ottawa, Gerri is a daughter, sister, singer and baker currently residing in Toronto.

Gerri belongs to the Ngonge clan within the Buganda kingdom. Through her academic, professional and lived experience, Gerri has developed...

Gerri N. Lutaaya

Program Coordinator

Marian Nur

Position: Assistant Coordinator

Marian Nur found her love of community development from a young age. She attended the University of Ottawa having studied International Development and Globalization with the hopes of pursuing post graduate studies in the future.  During her time at UofO she was an executive member of the Universities Muslim Student Association as well as being an active member of the Ottawa Somali community in many ways including working to fundraise money for the Habeeb mental health hospital in Somaliland, working to provide culturally competent mental health services for new Somali youth in Canada. After leaving the UofO, she worked in the public sector as a policy analyst, as well as a equity coordinator who worked to create equitable and accessible spaces for women and gender non conforming folks who were interested in working in politics. Marian currently works as a campaigns officer for an Ottawa based reproductive health rights non-profit. Marian’s life long goal is to work to create equitable and accessible spaces for folks within her community as well as those within the black diaspora, with a specific focus on women’s access. In her free time she hosts an Ottawa based podcast as well as having a love of all things travel.

Marian Nur found her love of community development from a young age. She attended the University of Ottawa having studied...

Marian Nur

Assistant Coordinator

Kaidie Williams

Position: Mentorship Coordinator

Kaidie Williams is a policy professional committed to community-based climate action. She holds a BA in International Relations and Economics from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Public Policy from the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto where she received the Janice Stein Leadership award for her exemplary innovative leadership, as well as the Institute for Research on Public Policy Award for her capstone project on the federal carbon tax.

Kaidie previously worked as the Executive Assistant and Issues Manager to a Member of Provincial Parliament and a policy intern in the Water Resources Section of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Presently, she is employed in the Deputy Minister Office at the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines.

Currently, she co-chairs a climate change working group with Women of Color Advancing Peace Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS) – a Washington-based policy hub devoted to women of colour. She also serves on the WCAPS advisory council. Kaidie is a member of the Toronto Hub of the Global Shapers Community and is committed to making urban spaces more inclusive, equitable and climate resilient.

Kaidie Williams is a policy professional committed to community-based climate action. She holds a BA in International Relations and Economics...

Kaidie Williams

Mentorship Coordinator

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