Rachael Edge

Redge, originally from Hamilton, and now living in Toronto, is passionate about artistic expression for individual and collective healing, as well as political action. She has an undergraduate B.A. degree from Trent University, Masters of Environmental Studies with a concentration in Youth-led Community Organizing from York University, and is now completing her certification to become an Expressive Arts Therapist at the CREATE Institute in Toronto. Redge has over 10 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, and has had extensive experience working and learning alongside young people in the Greater Toronto Area, ranging from roles such as program director, youth worker, artist/youth mentor, capacity builder for youth-led initiatives, trainer for professional development, arts educator, researcher, program coordinator, and therapist. She works currently works with local organizations such as DAREarts, Unity Charity, and Art Starts, as well as being a Creative Arts Facilitator with PYE (Partners for Youth Empowerment). In addition, she has her own lived experiential knowledge that she acknowledges is both a bias and and an asset that she brings to her work. She is a proud daughter, sister, Aunt, and friend, and tries her best to stay connected to the larger community context within the work she is involved in.

Redge is committed to trauma-informed and anti-oppressive approaches to her work, and therefore acknowledges that she has to continue to unpack and understand her intersecting identities of power, privilege, and oppression, as female, Queer+, chronically ill/(dis)abled, educated, White, settler who lives and works on stolen land.