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    Somto Obi

    Community Engagement Coordinator 

    Somto is a graduate with a BSc in Accounting degree. She brings her adeptness with numbers and her commitment to accurate representation to her role here at MARL. With a passion for equity, ethics, transparency and accountability, Somto ensures that MARL remains aligned with its future vision and builds a strong connection with its valued communities and their members. Community outreach, administration, accounting and finance are a few of her core responsibilities at MARL and she hopes to add value to the organization through the work that she does. 


    Bea Basaran

    Education Coordinator

    Bea Basaran is the Education Coordinator for MARL. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights and Sociology from the University of Winnipeg. His previous research focused on the field of social sciences and humanities, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary studies exploring topics such as intersectionality, culture, immigration, and various social issues. In her role as Education Coordinator, Bea is dedicated to advancing human rights education within the Manitoba community. His responsibilities include the design and implementation of educational programs and initiatives aimed at promoting awareness and understanding of human rights issues. Bea is deeply passionate about social justice and strives to empower individuals through education and advocacy. Its goal is to ensure that every person in Manitoba has access to essential human rights knowledge and resources, thereby fostering a more inclusive and equitable society.


    Nicolas Dousdebes

    Communications Coordinator

    Nicolas Dousdebes (he/him) is a graduate student in the joint master’s degree in the Peace and Conflicts Studies (PACS) program at U of M (Peace and Conflict Studies (MA) | Explore UM | University of Manitoba (umanitoba.ca). He is a journalist and university instructor/professor with a master’s degree in international relations by the Institute for Higher National Studies (Ecuador). 

    His professional experience is linked to teaching and researching on Communication and Social Sciences at Salesian University in Ecuador (Universidad Politécnica Salesiana – UPS). He has also worked as academic writing tutor (UM) and articles translator for Abya-Yala editorial house and the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. He is an experienced writer in the fields of communication studies, international relations, and peace and conflicts studies.  

    The main human rights topics he is more passionate about are creating awareness among the youths, decolonization of public monuments, storytelling, and inclusiveness for people living with disabilities.   


    Sandra Krahn

    Executive Director

    Sandra has over 25 years of experience working in educational organizations, including schools, universities and non-profit organizations. She started her education career as a high school science teacher. She has been a project leader in a UNESCO Associated School. Sandra has a Bachelor of Education, with a Master’s and Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies. Her research specialization is in how educational initiatives can support community peacebuilding. Sandra has experience with teacher training for human rights education in Canada, India and the Czech Republic. Her experience includes grant writing, program development and writing curriculum for community organizations.


    Aatir Rehan

    Development Coordinator

    Aatir Rehan graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Business Administration degree. After 5 years of experience as an entrepreneur, Aatir decided to pursue a career in helping people understand human rights issues and their awareness, which brought him to the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties (MARL). As MARL’s Development Coordinator will be working on implementing a donor strategy and communicating with potential donors.


    MARL offers under-graduate and graduate students practicum placements to experience working in a non-profit sector while pursuing their Degree.

    Lindsay is completing her 4-year Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg. Her research is focused on the intergenerational trauma of Indigenous peoples in Canada and reconciliation in government policy. She spent several years working as a team leader at various non-profit organizations and is strongly committed to supporting marginalized communities as well as seeking resources for those struggling with housing and addiction in Winnipeg. She plans to pursue a Master’s in Social Work or Public Administration. Her goal is to work within the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.


    Michelle Suzuki

    Michelle is Japanese, but she was raised in the Philippines. She completed her undergraduate degree in Japan, where she studied law and political science. However, her passion for children’s rights led her to pursue a master’s degree in human rights at the University of Manitoba.

    Precious Joi Gauthier

    Precious is pursuing dual undergraduate degree in Biology and English with a minor in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications at the University of Winnipeg. Committed to social justice, she aspires to be a Writer, focusing on inclusivity and supporting marginalized communities. Through volunteering and family time, she prioritizes community engagement and self-care.


    Cameron Franzmann

    Cameron is completing a Bachelor of Arts (Hon.) in Criminal Justice at the University of Winnipeg. His undergraduate thesis examined the decriminalization of drug laws with a focus on the Cannabis Act, and is working towards publishing. He’s passionate about the legal field and hopes to go to law school.


    Venessa Tufuoh

    Venessa graduated from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration(GIMPA) with a Bachelor of Law (LLB) and is currently pursuing a Joint Masters Program for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba. Her interests and work are in children’s rights, family violence and sexual trafficking.


    Prince Duodu

    Prince is a student in the Joint Masters Program in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba. He holds a Masters in International Studies from Ohio University. He’s passionate about how communities can be informed and engaged in human rights issues, and its connection to bringing sustainable peace.


    Lea Martin

    Lea is a University of Winnipeg student pursuing a double honours degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She hopes to become a forensic psychologist or a professor. At MARL, she works closely with the BIPOC advisory committee and facilitates workshops on various human rights topics.