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Executive Director: Yvette Salinas
Yvette Salinas (She/Her/Hers)
I was born and raised in South Texas, USA. I arrived in Montreal, Canada in 2006 with a degree in Elementary Education and a desire to use that knowledge to support and strengthen my community.
My nonprofit experience includes on-the-ground facilitation and coordination work with seniors, children, and families through numerous organizations including: the NDG Senior’s Atelier, NDG Community Council, the Boîte à Lunch program, and the Cheap Art Collective. I’ve also served on the Board for Action Communiterre, an organization focused on healthy eating and urban agriculture; been a Board member with Le Grand Pas, an anti-bullying organization; been a member of the organizing committee of NDG Art Hive, a space for free and accessible art for all; and a crucial member on the Arts and Culture Table, overseeing and funding local community art projects. Don’t be surprised if you see me crafting or helping put together a cultural event at some point at Unicamp—I believe rather strongly in the power of Art to unite communities as well as empower the marginalized, such as children and families living in vulnerable neighborhoods in Montreal.
Through my community work, I gained the attention of the staff and board at the Unitarian Church of Montreal, who hired me into the Religious Education Program. What a joy to find a spiritual home! For the past 5 years I’ve been living out our Seven Principles (though my 2nd Principle is my favorite) through work with LREDA’s (that is, the continental Religious Educators Association) Justice and Equity Team, the UCM’s Racial Justice Task Force, and numerous cultural and religious professional Unitarian groups. I am currently training as a Truth, Healing, and Reconciliation Facilitator as well as Lay Chaplain in order to serve and represent the Unitarian Church of Montreal.
I am definitely glad to find myself the Executive Director of Unicamp, a position that celebrates and builds on these two tracts in my life! Besides creating with new and repurposed materials, I like to dance (I’ll try any style as long as there’s a good rhythm) and I’m learning how to drum (to create those good rhythms by the campfire). My family LOVES to spend time in nature. My husband, my two children and I visit our cottage at least biweekly and camp numerous times a year as a spiritual retreat from our hectic city lives.
I can’t wait to spend lots of time at Unicamp and get to know the folks that know and love it well. Don’t be shy to say hello! Just don’t get me started on how much I love trees.
Camp Director: Michelle McComb