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Christina Warner, Director of Campaigns and Organizing, and Robin Tress, Director of Communications, have agreed to continue their current terms as Co-Executive Directors in 2023.
Christina Warner has lived in Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Toronto since immigrating to Canada. In 2014, she moved to Winnipeg, where she completed a Master’s in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg – focusing on community organizing in contexts of white supremacy and austerity. She grew up in southern Indiana and spent the years following the economic recession in Washington, D.C. advocating for economic justice, reforming carceral systems, and working alongside diverse religious communities to end anti-Muslim discrimination. Her commitment to community-led political work stems from a core understanding of people as capable, powerful, and interconnected. She knows that as communities tap into these qualities, they can drive just political change across generations. Christina now lives in Toronto, and is eager to continue building strong, effective community organizing with the Council of Canadians.
Robin Tress lives in Punamu’kwati’jk, Mi’kma’ki, a region currently known as Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She has previously worked with the Council of Canadians as the Climate and Social Justice campaigner and regional organizing assistant in the Atlantic, where she loved working with chapter members and supporters. In 2021, Robin completed her Master’s in Adult Education, focusing on social movement learning and settler-Indigenous relations, including how settlers like herself learned to be in solidarity with the Mi’kmaq-led resistance to Alton Gas. Robin sees building and deepening relationships and capacity with Indigenous-led movements as critically important to the fight for climate and social justice, and this has been central to both her education and her work. She thinks that social movement tactics can be both fun and impactful, and she’s looking forward to bringing this experience and philosophy to Council.
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