Our Community

Inner Activist courses are led by professional educators and social change activists committed to helping change makers become more effective leaders.

We are supported by our staff as well as a key group of Curriculum Advisors who assist in the development of our courses and help us navigate our growth as an organization.

Collectively our expertise is rooted in our work as facilitators, leadership trainers, counselors, educators, community organizers, intercultural and diversity consultants, public policy researchers, environmentalists, trade unionists and more.

Central to our approach is the understanding and awareness that individuals and groups working for social change do so within the context of social inequity and power difference.

Intructors

  • Camille Dumond
    Instructor

    Camille has worked at the crossroads of healing and social justice for over 15 years. She currently supports refugee claimants as a group facilitator and trauma therapist with the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture. Her passion and current training is in Process Oriented Psychology and Conflict Facilitation - learning to unfold the deepest experiences that arise not only in our bodies, emotions and psychology, but also in our communities, earth and the world.  She holds Masters Degrees in Adult Education and Counselling Psychology.

  • Jean-Pierre Guilhaume
    Instructor

    Jean-Pierre mentored under Learning as Leadership’s founder Claire Nuer for 25 years. As a founding member and pillar in the organization since its inception, he has been an executive coach with LaL since 1999, moving from Paris, France, to the United States, to help expand LAL's work. Jean-Pierre's clients have ranged from organizations like NASA, NAVAIR, Shell Oil, as well as individuals, families and couples. He has a passion for building sustainable environments, whether it’s in addressing people’s relationships or with our planet's sustainability issues. He received his diploma from Université René Descartes (1983) and his certification from the Ministry of National Education (1995). He taught Education Nationale in Paris from 1986 - 1999.

  • Natasha Aruliah
    Instructor

    Natasha has worked as a counselor and therapist in Canada, the UK and around the world primarily with clients who experienced oppression and marginalization. Her own lived experiences led to her work in social justice focusing not only on internal change, but also external and systemic change. She currently works as a consultant and facilitator in all areas of diversity, social justice, equity, and inclusion including UBC's Centre for Intercultural Communication, the Justice Institute of BC's Department of Counseling and Community Safety and Vancouver’s Aboriginal Healing Centre.

  • Ian Curtin
    Instructor

    Ian is a core faculty member at the Haven, a Canadian residential training centre on the leading edge of personal and professional development. He is also President of IC Possibilities Consulting Inc., a Victoria based company specializing in facilitating organizational dialogues. He offers the right combination of understanding and meeting organizational requirements, balancing the needs and priorities of multiple stakeholders, and deftly navigating the group dynamics that are an integral part of any human initiative. He loves people and brings his compassion for his own frailties and those of others to every situation.

  • Jackie Larkin
    Instructor

    Jackie has been a social justice activist for 40 years in the women's, labour and political action movements. In recent years she integrated a deep ecological perspective into her work. For nine years, Jackie has co-facilitated (with Maggie Zeigler) "Reconnecting to Life/The Work That Reconnects" Workshops which help us to explore our deepest feelings about our troubled world, to rediscover our capacity for joy and to re-create our human ecological relationship with all of life. In 2006, she left her 13-year job as Education Coordinator for the BC Nurses Union and continues to design and facilitate leadership development, strategic planning, facilitation skills and other courses. She works primarily with unions, community groups and in the health care sector.

  • Parker Johnson
    Instructor

    Parker has more than 20 years of experience as a facilitator, trainer, and researcher in organizational change, diversity in the workplace, and intercultural communication. Parker also works with higher education institutions, profit and non-profit organizations focusing on facilitating leadership development, organizational change, engaging diversity, and creating inclusive and just communities. As a community activist, Parker has collaborated with community organizations to address concerns of youth and immigrant communities. His passion lies in working with people to live as a more compassionate, just, inclusive and responsible society.


Staff

  • Jorge Salazar
    Project Director

    Jorge currently serves as Project Director for the Inner Activist. He came to Canada as a refugee from Colombia in late 2000, and has used his own immigration journey, life experiences, training and education to bridge communities and facilitate positive change within government, organizations and grassroots groups for more than 15 years. Jorge has worked to support connections between diverse communities, particularly between indigenous, immigrants and refugees among others, in BC, Canada and the Americas. He has worked with Immigrant Services Society of BC, MOSAIC, the International Institute for Child Rights and Development - University of Victoria, City of Vancouver, the Ecumenical Task Force for Justice in the Americas, PeerNet BC and most recently as a Manager for the Fresh Voices Initiative with the Vancouver Foundation.

  • Suzanne Nievaart
    Outreach & Engagement Coordinator

    Suzanne Nievaart is a member of the Board of Directors for the Dock - Centre for Social Impact, a co-working space in Victoria, BC, with over 30 members from non-profit, for-profit, government and academic sectors, all working for social and environmental causes. She is also an active member of the Child & Youth Health Network of the Capital Region of BC. Suzanne conducted her M.A. research in Latin America studies at the University of Amsterdam in Chile, where she  worked closely with social activists, NGOs, and indigenous communities engaged in direct action in protest of industrial megaprojects in indigenous territories in Chile. Suzanne joined the Inner Activist in 2015 and is a single mother of a beautiful young boy.

  • Christopher Hanlon
    Technical Support

    Chris completed a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Environmental Studies in 2006 at the University of Victoria. Since completing his degree, Chris has served as an IT Consultant for the Inner Activist as well as a number of other clients, focusing on finding solutions that maximize the opportunities for collaboration between IA staff, volunteers, and program participants.

  • Leslie Dickout
    Marketing & Operations Manager

    Leslie joined the Inner Activist as their Marketing & Operations Manager in 2012. Previously she had spent 14 years as a campaigner and engagement strategist assisting labour unions, non-profits and the progressive private sector become more effective online and on the ground. Leslie has helped build successful grassroots, political and digital campaigns for the Sierra Club of Canada, BC Health Coalition, ForestEthics, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, BC Self Advocacy Foundation, and the Global Campaign for Climate Action. Leslie also sits on the board of Acorn Canada, loves to cycle, knit, meditate and be anywhere near water.

  • Faye Wardrop
    Financial Manager

    Faye Wardrop is Principal of Seawest Consulting, a highly successful consulting practice providing financial oversight to business, not-for-profits and NGO’s for the past ten years. In her early career she was the operations manager for a real estate and property management firm before moving into a similar position with a national import, manufacturing, and wholesale company. Upon relocating to the West Coast, Faye assumed a management role in a non-profit organization delivering government programs related to employment, education and skills upgrading, and entrepreneurship. She has also served as a director on the boards of several NPO & NGO’s working in the areas of employment issues and work-force training for youth as well as the mature workforce.