Making Our Way Home with Blair Imani
Stephanie Allen, Udokam Iroegbu and Olivia Lucas will speak on Black Vancouver history, West African history and Afro-Indigenous history respectively.
Stephanie Allen is a real estate development professional with a particular focus on equitable city-building. She started her career in development in Kelowna in 2002 after graduating with a degree in Business Administration and worked for market developers in BC, Arizona, and Alberta. In 2011 she joined BC Housing where she spent six years delivering provincially-owned housing affordable housing projects in partnership with municipalities, First Nations, and non-profit groups across BC. Most recently Stephanie was the VP of Project Planning & Partnerships at Catalyst Community Developments Society and in April 2019 she rejoined BC Housing in the role of AVP Strategic Business Operations & Performance.
Stephanie is a founding board member of Hogan’s Alley Society, a non-profit organization that seeks to advance political, economic, and social opportunities for people of African descent. The focus of this work centres on the development of a non-profit community land trust in Vancouver’s Northeast False Creek Neighbourhood that will include over 500 rental homes, commercial spaces, and an African Canadian cultural centre. Most recently, Hogan's Alley Society has partnered with PHS Community Services Society, BC Housing, and the City of Vancouver to deliver 52 supportive housing units that prioritizes Black and Indigenous peoples who are over-represented in the homeless population.
Stephanie completed a master’s degree in Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University in June 2019 which analyzes on urban planning and municipal policy through a social justice framework especially as it relates to racialized and marginalized communities. She also serves on the City of Vancouver’s Poverty Action Advisory Committee.
Udokam was born and raised in Nigeria, she has been settling, working, and growing in Coast Salish Territories for over 9 years. When she is not dazzling you with her unprecedented sense of humour, or her OH I KNOW I CAN DANCE moves, she is actively working with the black community in Vancouver to dismantle white supremacy and the patriarchal society we live in. With an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, Udokam has a passion for sustainable engineering practices and how that intermingles with social justice. Udokam was part of the team that designed an approved Active Travel Plan for the City of Vernon as part of their 2020 vision. She was also nominated as Woman of the Year in Leadership at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus. If you're lucky, you'll be amazed at the ease that she switches her accent back to home, with excitement - this ability to adapt and be a chameleon is one of her favourite strategies to survival in Vancouver as a Black woman.