Sabrina studied in Canada for a semester in 2010 where she participated in an international communication challenge. Sabrina and her team were ranked among the world Top 8 Most Talented Students in international communications.
As part of the “Compagnons du Monde” program, she decided to create an international network to build cultural and social links between St John’s and Saint-Malo. It is with the support of this international network that she laid the foundation for her future intercultural projects. Joining the African Diaspora Youth Network in Europe (ADYNE) helped her keep up the efforts to promote intercultural dialogue with a special focus on youth from the African diaspora. She has moderated and facilitated various workshops and lectures on civic engagement, democratic participation, youth culture, social innovation and social entrepreneurship.
As a Jeanne Sauvé Fellow, in alignment with the program’s theme of Public Leadership for Culturally Diverse Societies,her and her cohort decided to collectively explore the complexities of refugee integration in Canada. To advance their learnings, they led a critical reading group, conducted site visits, and met with a wide range of relevant stakeholders, including refugees and parliamentarians. Their team project’s goal was to develop and pilot an approach to refugee integration in a holistic and practical way that delivered both impact and thought leadership while espousing core values of agency, inclusivity, fairness and cultural sensitivity. During these two years, Sabrina also focused her energy on learning about preventing violent extremism among youth.
In tackling the issue of refugee integration and implementing their team project, the Fellows wrote a policy brief (which they presented to several ministers while in Ottawa) and an op-ed, produced a short film on refugee experiences in Montreal as well as organized a series of public events exploring refugee integration in Canada. Now a member of the Global Shapers Montréal hub, she is dedicated to mobilize allies in fighting all forms of discrimination and hate speech in Canada.
If you catch her after work hours, she will probably talk to you about social interconnectedness and intersectional advocacy but it will probably while she puts together a delicious meal for you and her friends.