Carrie MacLeod

Carrie MacLeod

Carrie MacLeod exudes the essential creativity to effect reconciliation between newcomers and others in Vancouver. Through paid and volunteer work at organizations including Kinbrace Community Society, Immigrant Services Society and MOSAIC, Carrie helps newcomers build belonging. Using theatre, storytelling, dance and collective murals, she offers refugees communication and conflict resolution tools to navigate new relationships. In one recent project, she engaged newcomers and established residents in exploring what “home” means, weaving threads of welcome around those trailing stories of estrangement and loss. Earlier international work with former child combatants and women informs her local work, raising awareness and respect for indigenous voices in the fabric of a vibrant Vancouver. Carrie deserves this nomination for her selfless devotion to fostering relations of empathy across chasms of dislocation. Whether preparing dinner for fifty in the Kinbrace kitchen or eulogizing the tragic death of a refugee claimant, she works the frontlines of caring.

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