Name: Zen Alladina
Email: email@example.com (personal) / firstname.lastname@example.org (blog)
Location: Toronto, Ontario
I am constantly seeking opportunities to learn, create, and collaborate. I am creative, divergent, and interdisciplinary – yet structured, goal-oriented, and forward-thinking. I take on tasks with a mandate to improve myself and the world around me.
i. Arts, Performance, & Writing
Poetry – Performance
- 2016 – Women’s Health in Women’s Hands. Performed “Curation,” “Thulasi,” and “The Circle Says” at an inter-generational storytelling showcase.
- 2016 – Chapters Indigo: National Poetry Month. Performed “The Circle Says” at a Chapters Indigo event for National Poetry Month, headlined by poet Rupi Kaur.
- 2016 – International Festival of Authors. Took part in an all-day poetry workshop on Shakespearean sonnet forms, organized by British Council of Canada and facilitated by poet and spoken word artist Deanna Rodger of the Keats Society.
- 2016 – Toronto Harbourfront Centre. Performed “This City” in a showcase for Shakespeare Lives 2016, organized by British Council of Canada.
- 2016 – Raconteurs Storytelling. Pitched to become a Toronto Raconteur. Performed at a curated monthly storytelling event, on the subject of “Risk.”
Storytelling – New Media
- 2016-2017 – WordPress. Created and developed Zenventures, a Toronto-based blog that tells universal stories. Independently produced written and visual content.
- 2016-2017 – Formed partnerships and executed collaborations with local businesses and organizations, including Bunz.com, Project 40 Collective, Edison’s Cafe Bar & Inn, Azki Jewelry, Fugo Desserts, Death in Venice Gelato, Sweet Esc Dessert Cafe, Dessert Lady, Delysees Authentic French Bakery, Petit Nuage, Little Pebbles.
ii. Community Activism
- 2013-2016 – Advanced Diploma in Child and Youth Care with Honours, from the Community Studies department at Centennial College.
- 2016-2018 – Direct Entry student in Child and Youth Care at Ryerson University, double-minoring in English and Psychology.
- 2014 – Toronto Catholic School Board, Internship. Counselled youth aged 11-14 in a behaviour classroom setting. Worked with clientele with behavioural and psychological profiles including: ADHD, ODD, OCD, Anxiety, Depression, Schizophrenia. Developed programming for social skills, emotional regulation, and anti-bullying.
- 2015 – Enterphase Child & Youth Services, Internship. Counselled children and youth aged 8-18 in a residential group home setting. Worked with clientele with behavioural and psychological profiles including: ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ODD, substance abuse, gang involvement, early childhood trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Communication Disorders, Attachment Disorders, Tourette’s.
- 2015-2016 – T.E.A.M.: Together Everyone Achieves More. Collaboratively developed and implemented an 8-month numeracy/literacy after school program, in an identified high-needs Scarborough school. Developed creative and dynamic programming based on Model Schools for Inner Cities curriculum goals, presented through art, dance, drama, music, and sports. Mentored by Colleen Kamps, working in partnership with Toronto District School Board and Children’s Breakfast Club.
- 2016 – T.E.A.M. Book Club. Developed a weekly book club to engage young readers. Collaborated with the Toronto Raptors to invite a celebrity guest as a reward.
Workshops & Training
- 2016 – Jack Layton Leadership School. Selected as one of 50 young activists to take part in a three-day series. Participated in workshops and panels led by speakers including Mike Layton, Olivia Chow, Andrew Cash, Randell Adjei of R.I.S.E, Tim McCaskell, Pablo Godoy, Roxanne DuBois, Brian MacLean, Doreen Fumia.
- 2016 – Change Leaders. Storytelling for social change with Olivia Chow.
- CPR, First Aid, Non-Violent Crisis Prevention, SafeTalk Suicide Prevention, SafeZone
*Additional Affiliations & Causes
- Urban Worker Project
- Generation Squeeze
- Idle No More
- Women in Leadership
- World Water Day
- pluralism, identity, equity, and space-making
- alternative schooling and unschooling
iii. Prior Work and Volunteer Experience
(While these experiences exceed 3 years, they are mentioned here for context.)
- Bait’ul Ilm (Aga Khan Cultural Centre), Volunteer Teacher (4 years)
- Toronto Public Library, Page (1 year)
- Theatre Passe Muraille, Usher (1 year)
- Scarborough Village Theatre, Set Design, Usher (1 season)
- Twin Lakes Resort & Campground, Indoor staff (1 season)
- Graphic Design, Academic Editing, Tutoring, Digital Content Creation (Freelance)
iv. Additional Hobbies & Interests
- George Brown Culinary Arts, Tea Sommelier – Foundations (Graduate)
- George Brown Culinary Arts, Tea Sommelier – Advanced Tea (Present)
- Miscellaneous: Travel, baking, hiking, kayaking, design, illustration, photography, journalism, calligraphy, cactus-farming, and consciously-informed optimism.
v. Contact Form
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