Current Project - Listening Campaign: - Sharing asset based stories through the arts of people of diverse African communities who are currently dis proportionally impacted by HIV in Alberta; - Using Arts & Cultural based practices to build capacity within these diverse communities towards 90% of people of African Descent having their social determinants of health needs met and towards zero stigma and the UN 90-90-90 target. - Supporting cultural shift through cross cultural dialogue, media, communication, arts, and storytelling to contribute to larger policy change which is ultimately needed to achieve zero new HIV infections
RIBBON ROUGE NEWSLETTER
Summer 2016[caption id="attachment_5386" align="alignnone" width="141"] Thank you for joining us at our Annual General Meeting![/caption]
Committee Volunteers Needed!
Following the Ribbon Rouge Foundation’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) late last month, the organization is underway with its plans to use the Arts as a way to help eliminate the transmission of HIV in Edmonton and abroad.“Shame and stigma should not be part of infection,” said Moréniké Ọláòṣebìkan, Ribbon Rouge founder and president, during the AGM. “As we go into our 10th year, we want to help create an environment inclusive of critical diversity which allows us to bridge the gap between perceptions and realities, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion or socioeconomic backgrounds.”
To achieve those ambitious goals, however, Ribbon Rouge needs the continued support of volunteers and committee members to help run the various programs for public health messaging through the Arts and raise funds for HIV research. “In 10 years, we have raised more than $45,000 towards HIV relief,” said Ọláòṣebìkan. “We want to continue working within the community by providing funds towards HIV research, towards zero mother to child HIV transmission and look at new media to help us raise awareness of the virus in our community and beyond.”
Ribbon Rouge runs four volunteer committees: Membership/Communications, Event Planning, Fundraising/Sponsorship and Creatives/Talents, requiring dozens of dedicated members of the community to contribute their time and energy throughout the year.
Nathalie Gahimbare and Usukuma Ekuere will be leading two of those committees, and, as such, Ribbon Rouge is seeking two additional individuals with strong project management and leadership skills to lead the other two committees.
Committee Leaders will work collaboratively with a number of volunteers in each committee to plan, support and carry out the various projects that help Ribbon Rouge reach its goals. Committee Leaders will also work with the new Ribbon Rouge Board of Directors.
Together, we will help bring the community together through the Arts in order to open discussions about HIV transmission, locally and around the world.
To volunteer as a Committee Leader or to volunteer for one of the committees, please firstname.lastname@example.org directly with “COMMITTEE VOLUNTEER” in the subject line. Terms of reference for each committee are included in your “Member at Large Orientation Manual”. Subsequent communications for each committee and/or meetings of each committee will be coordinated by committee chairs. Our Board will also share a timeline for our activities and meeting dates for the rest of the year once we have these committees organized.
Meet the New Ribbon Rouge Board
Osas has over six years of experience in public relations and brings a variety of skills in marketing, web communications, writing, event management, and external relations. She works at the Alberta Legal Information Society, a non-profit that provides free legal information for Albertans. Before that, she worked at Covenant Health where she provided general communications support and managed the organization’s external websites, intranet, and other web communications initiatives. Prior to joining Covenant Health, Osas worked at the City of Edmonton and the University of Alberta, where she provided communications support to the teams and helped the university’s Facilities and Operations portfolio revamp its website.Osas received her bachelor of arts in Political Science and International Development Studies from St. Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and a post-graduate diploma in Public Relations from MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta.
Osas runs the Edmonton Natural Hair Show, an annual event that inspires people of all ages to embrace their natural hair as part of what makes them uniquely beautiful.
In her free time, she likes to travel, do outdoorsy stuff, and spend time with family and friends.
Junetta Jamerson is a hereditary member of Alberta’s pioneering African-American community. Schooled in the musical traditions of her lineage, Junetta started as a traditional gospel vocalist and has included her culture’s genres of blues and roots into her vast repertoire.Her powerful pipes have shared the stage with greats such as Frank Wilson, The Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Solomon Burke, Ron Kenoly and Leon Bibb; she was thrilled to have opened for Mavis Staples. “They are my musical and cultural elders. I aim to do their legacies justice.”
She is a respected member of "Who's Who in Black Canada," among many other awards and recognitions.
It is, however, her work with women and youth in Edmonton's Diaspora community of which she is most proud.