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Kassandra Drodge (She/Her)

I am Kassandra (she/her), a biracial woman from a St. John’s fishing family. I am the first in my family to earn a degree, holding a criminology certificate and humanities and social sciences degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. I earned my master's degree from the University of Ottawa, specializing in environmental and economic strategies for coastal/inshore fishing communities in Newfoundland. With expertise in diverse leadership, research, and community engagement, I have been involved in various initiatives since the age of 14. My work spans LGBTQIA2IA+ advocacy, newcomer support, youth empowerment, and racialized community development. I have conducted research with health clinics, newcomer services, environmental groups, and international businesses. Recently, I represented Canada in Norway, discussing sustainable transition from oil and gas and local training opportunities. I am passionate about social, economic, and environmental justice, and am committed to mentoring and empowering others.



Jude Cutler Benoit (They/Them)

I am Jude Benoit (they/them/nekam), a Two-Spirit environmentalist from Ktaqmkuk Newfoundland. I am Mi'kmaq and have family and community ties to both Miawpukek First Nation and Qalipu First Nation. Originally from a coastal fishing family, my advocacy, research, art, and work have revolved around protecting marine life, exploring environmental racism, and indigenous sovereignty. I am interested in learning more about the proposed projects as a supporter of green energy and just transition, but also through the lens of love and support of my family whose traditional lands and fishing grounds will be impacted by oil and gas projects.

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