Rayna joined the Cape Town hub as a 2020 International Fellow.
Rayna is originally from Delta, Canada, which is the traditional and unceded territory of the Tsawwassen and Musqueam First Nations and of all the Hun’qumi’num speaking people.
Rayna is a student at the University of Toronto Scarborough’s (USTC) International Development Specialist Co-operative program and the Women’s and Gender Studies program.
In her past experience conducting educational programming for her local conservation society, she was exposed to the tension between outdoor and environmental education and acknowledgement of traditional indigenous knowledge and the ways in which this knowledge should, or should not, be shared. In then working for a small member-based organization (MVIWATA Manyara) in Babati, Tanzania, she developed an appreciation for inclusive community participation in environmental decision-making.
Prior to joining Natural Justice, she was the Internal Coordinator of the UTSC Women’s and Trans Centre which provides the Scarborough community with resources, solidarity spaces and events as it pertains to equity, feminism and health. This experience further solidified her passion for equity mobilizing through anti-oppressive, decolonial and participatory frameworks.
Her other passions include goalkeeping for her soccer team, travelling and learning to cook new Indian dishes with her family!