Aida Mwanzia is driven by her mission to connect and empower youth through transformative educational programs. With roots in Kenya, Aida has lived on unceded Coast Salish territories for seven years. The purpose of her work is to shift the narrative about migrant and Indigenous communities through reframing our collective past, present and future, and she sees dialogue as a crucial component of this work.
Aida graduated from the University of British Columbia with an honours degree in sociology. Through her dialogue facilitation and program coordination experience, she has seen the power of experiential education, storytelling, games and relationship building as pathways for decolonization and visioning.
She has had the privilege of coordinating the Youth Exchanges Canada and Youth Peace Network programs, and has facilitated dialogues and workshops for several clients, including the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Check Your Head: the Youth Global Education Network, ISS of BC, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Equity and Inclusion office at UBC, West Coast Leaf, and the BC Civil Liberties Association. Aida is also part of Vancouver Foundation’s inaugural cohort of the LEVEL Youth Policy Program, a group of young migrant and Indigenous leaders strengthening their public policy skills to advance equity in B.C.
Aida is an advisor for the Dialogue and Civic Engagement Certificate program.