Democracy Talks Coordinator, British Columbia
Marissa has a BA in Communications minoring in Dialogue from Simon Fraser University, and recently has completed a Certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement. She comes to Samara with a rich background of convening community-bridging dialogue with citizens on challenging issues of public concern. She has created engaging and meaningful dialogues on issues on a range of issues including reconciliation for Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians, the future of BC’s economy, and democratic and civic engagement.
As the Democracy Talks Coordinator in BC, Marissa is responsible for developing and sustaining community partnerships, supporting the introduction and adoption of Democracy Talks programming, and facilitating organizational-capacity to ensure long-term success with our BC-based partners.
Raised on Vancouver Island, Marissa grew up in the trees and on the water where she developed a deep reverence for the interconnectedness of all peoples and the earth.
Before heading to university, Marissa lived and travelled to over 10 countries over three years. She seeks adventure in the unknown, and in fact this is where she finds her best self.