Board of Directors

Image Description: Monique is looking at the camera, smiling and wearing a colorful hat. In the background appears a calm lake that is surrounded by a shore made up of large rocks and a forest.

Monique Manatch, President

Monique Manatch is a member of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake. She is Executive Director and one of the founders of Indigenous Culture and Media Innovations (www.icmi.ca). A graduate of Radio Broadcasting at Humber College, Monique spent several years working at radio stations across Ontario and the Atlantic provinces. Monique is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Anthropology on the creation and access for Indigenous/Inuit people to multimedia arts and the preservation of traditional knowledge.

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Image Description: Kristiana is seated in a radio studio, behind her is a stack of equipment and at her side are a computer keyboard, mouse, and microphone. She is wearing headphones and removing a vinyl record from an album.

Kristiana Clemens, Vice-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 was the Manager of Communications and Public Engagement for Addiction & Mental Health Services KFLA, and recently plaid keyboards in the band Deep Sixed, She is currently a Communications Specialist with the Manitoba Metis Federation in Winnipeg.

Annie Clair
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Annie Clair

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.

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Omme-Salma Rahemtullah

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).

 


PREVIOUS MEMBERS


Cynthia Khoo (served as External Legal Counsel 2017-2018): Cynthia is a public interest lawyer whom CMAC retained as external legal counsel for specific proceedings or matters as needed. She runs a solo legal practice in Toronto, Ontario, representing a variety of non-profit organizations, with a focus on advocating for digital rights and citizen-centric Internet law and policy. She has a background in telecommunications law and Internet policy, including privacy law and copyright reform, and recently began representing the Vulnerable Energy Consumers Coalition at the Ontario Energy Board, as external counsel with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.

Zoë Ludski (founding CMAC board member, 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 (co-founder and 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.