Kristiana Clemens, President
Kristiana Clemens has more than two decades of experience working with campus and community radio stations from Vancouver to Montreal, most recently as the Operations Officer at CFRC 101.9fm on Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee land in Kingston, Ontario. Her work has encompassed governance and policy development, programming and technical production, volunteer recruitment and training, as well as outreach and marketing. In addition to her work with radio and CMAC, Kristiana is the Manager of Communications and Public Engagement for Addiction & Mental Health Services KFLA, and plays keyboards in the band Deep Sixed.
Annie is a proud Mi’kmaq mother and grandmother and is a band member from Elsipogtog, New Brunswick. In 2015 and 2016, with assistance from the Council of Canadians, the Media Action Research Group from Lakehead University, along with the Halifax Media Co-op, Annie produced eight episodes of ‘Pjilasi Mi’kma’ki’, a bilingual Mi’kmaq and English podcast. The first of its kind, the podcast was produced by a Mi’kmaq woman, in Mi’kmaq, aimed towards a Mi’kmaq audience. Annie remains active in the media arts scene and recently founded a basket weaving business in Elsipogtog.
Omme has been involved in community radio at Fusion Radio, CKLN and CHRY for over 15 years. She has been a host, producers, staff member and board member at these non-profit community radio stations. She is currently a National Coordinator for GroundWire Community Radio News and a founding member of the Community Media Advocacy Centre (CMAC).
Zoë Ludski (served from 2015-2018): Zoë is a Transmedia Artist living in the traditional territory of the Tla’Amin Nation in the Sunshine Coast of Canada (Powell River, BC). For the past 20 years she has worked in Arts and Social Justice fields often combining both these with technology and teaching. Zoë has worked in corporate and community media as a News Director, DJ, Producer and Technician. She enjoys sharing her passion for storytelling in multiple media and exploring the relationship of audience and art.
Dana Wesley (served from 2016-2018): Dana is from Moose Cree First Nation Territory. She lived in Kingston, Ontario for the past 13 years where she completed an undergraduate degree and a Master’s degree in Gender Studies at Queen’s University. Her main academic interest is the emerging field of Queer Indigenous Studies. Dana recently moved to Nogojiwanong, Peterborough after being hired as the Biishkaa Coordinator, a program that is a partnership between Trent University and Fleming College. Dana is passionate about Indigenous and community media having experience as a DJ, news programmer, and documentary producer.
Banchi Hanuse (founding CMAC board member, served from 2015-2016): Banchi is one of the founders as well as Station Manager at Nuxalk Radio 91.1 FM in Bella Coola. The station launched in June 2014 with the goals of educating and assisting the community in the process of decolonization and resurgence as well as to help keep the Nuxalk language alive as there are only about a dozen Nuxalk language speakers remaining. Banchi is also an award winning filmmaker. Her first film, Cry Rock, won Best Documentary Short at several festivals.
Chris Albinati (served as General Counsel 2015-2017): Chris is an Associate with Nahwegahbow, Corbiere Genoodmagejig Barristers and Solicitors and a PhD Candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. He received his law degree from Thompson Rivers University in Secwépemcul’ecw (Kamloops, BC) and is called to the Bars of Ontario and British Columbia. Prior to law, Chris obtained his undergraduate degree in journalism and worked as community journalist where his reporting received recognition through two national awards in 2008 and 2009. He has been involved in the community radio sector now for over 10 years in areas of programming, management and committees.