The Team - Samuel Centre For Social Connectedness — Samuel Centre For Social Connectedness
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The Team

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Kim Samuel

Founder, Chief Belonging Officer and Fierce Believer in the Right to Belong

Kim Samuel is an educator, researcher, and advocate working to address challenges of social isolation around the world. As Founder, Kim ensures that SCSC’s mission and vision is being carried out through its programs, research and partnerships.

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Allison Chick

Executive Director

Allison leads the Centre’s operations and strategic growth initiatives. Working with partners, and through SCSC’s programming, Allison is passionate about creating a world where everyone has the right to belong.

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Gabrielle Hughes

Director of Research

Gabrielle leads the Centre’s research program. In conjunction with SCSC’s partners, Gabrielle is helping to shape SCSC’s research methodologies, fostering community-centered, values-based research that nurtures belonging through collaborative research design.

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Celine Thomas

Partnerships Manager

Celine contributes to the strategic growth and partnership development of the organization. Celine is passionate about education equity and Indigenous youth empowerment. She graduated with a B.A. in International Development Studies from McGill University in 2017 and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Toronto.

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Priya Nair

Project Lead, Common Threads Program and Migration Mapping Project

Priya leads the research and programming related to the Common Threads program. With an avid interest in narratives, conflicts, and representation, Priya is passionate about bridging social inequity and tackling social justice from an interdisciplinary lens. She graduated with a B.A. in History and Middle East Studies from McGill University in 2016.

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Vino Landry

Global Symposium Program Coordinator

Vino oversaw the coordination of the 2019 Global Symposium. Vino holds a deep interest in the social and psychological effects of war and forced migration, specifically the impacts of intergenerational trauma in the Tamil Canadian community. In order to engage with these issues from a human rights perspective, she is currently pursuing her legal studies at McGill University.

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Julie Hoang

Common Threads Program Coordinator

Working with the Common Threads team, Julie helps manages the Common Threads program. Julie has a vested interest and passion for socioeconomic equity, accessibility and inclusion, namely through social justice and community development initiatives. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Concordia University in 2018.

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Alexandra Ages

Fellowship Manager

Alexandra oversees and manages the Social Connectedness Fellowship program. Deeply passionate about fostering community connections, Alexandra enjoys collaborating with partner organizations through her work with SCSC, particularly those working with youth and addressing issues such as food security. Alexandra graduated from McGill with a Master of Public Policy degree in 2021, having previously received a B.A. in History and Applied Ethics from the University of Victoria.

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Julie Harb

Common Threads Coordinator

Julie oversees and manages the Common Threads program. She graduated with a Master’s in International Studies with a specialization in conflicts, cultures and peace from the University of Montréal in 2020. During her studies, she undertook a field research in Turkey, and developed a passion for the question of identity, belonging and nation building.

“This team operates in a spirit of empowerment and compassion.”

Kim Samuel, Founder and Chief Belonging Officer