When:  Thursday, August 30 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Where: Open Sesame, 220 King Street West, Kitchener, Ontario N2G 1A9
Cost: Pay What You Can up to $25 cash at the door

Join us for a night of poetry and politics at this fundraiser for Samantha Estoesta’s WRDSB campaign!

As a first-time candidate, it will take a very strong and dedicated grass roots campaign to be elected. With thousands of brochures to purchase, hundreds of yard signs to order, scores of ads to place, and the largest city in Waterloo Region to cover, our campaign will need help. Your early contribution will give our race a tremendous boost right out of the starting block. More over, as a poet, Samantha couldn’t think of a better way of sharing her two passions: poetry and equity in education.

We are graced with performances from Bashar Lulu Jabbour and the candidate herself. Mona Mousa, the founder and director of Feather & Anchor a talent management agency serving performance artists from the BIPOC & LGBT Communities, will be speaking on the importance of performance art in education, especially that which represents BIPOC and LGBT communities.

This event is Pay What You Can, up to $25 cash, at the door. Tea and coffee is available for a donation and there will be campaign signs, flyers, etc. available for you to pick up to show your support for Samantha!

About the Performers:

Bashar Lulu Jabbour is an immigrant poet! He uses the mundane to give you a glimpse of the complexities of leaving one home for another. Bashar is a storyteller, and his stories are deeply personal. He is a nationally competing poet, finishing 5th (team) & 6th (individual) in Canada. His poetry is a staple at the many festivals of Kitchener-Waterloo (where he resides) and southwest Ontario, including Cherry Festival, Latitudes Storytelling Festival, and Word on the Street. He was an opening act for artists such as Carlos Andres Gomez and national festivals like Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. His debut book has been funded by Ontario Arts Council, Waterloo Region Arts Fund, and Public Interest Research Groups, and will be released in mid 2018.

Bashar is also active an arts organizer. Since 2015, Bashar has been the co-artistic director of the Kitchener Waterloo Poetry Slam. In his role, he has focused on building community through consistent intimate events (poetry circles, writing circles and workshops), as well as accountability and conversation. He is also the organizer of Tea + Art, a writing workshop series for Non-binary and Women of Colour. He is relentless in pursuing artistic growth through community building, organizing and skill exchange.

Samantha Estoesta (she/her) is a multiple-published poet and long time #WomenInSTEM advocate. She has performed across the country, highlighted in Edmonton, Victoria, Hangzhou, and Kitchener-Waterloo. With a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies (Conrad Grebel), a MA in Intercultural Communications (Royal Roads) and over ten years in advocacy, communications, community development, community engagement, and social media strategy, she centres her efforts on growing communities through reciprocal relationships.

As someone who is passionate about education and equity, she is hoping to represent Kitchener on the Waterloo Region District School Board. Over the last ten years, she has consistently been involved in initiatives, projects, programs and organizations that aim to better the lives of students, not only in Waterloo Region, but across the country. After being chosen as one of ten women to receive the Province of Ontario’s Leading Women, Building Communities award for the riding of Kitchener-Waterloo in 2018, she knew it was time to use the skills that she’s gained from my experience in educational institutions, advocacy and equity roles to support students in the Waterloo Region.

If elected to be a Trustee for the Waterloo Region District School Board, she promise to tirelessly work to ensure that every student in Waterloo Region is supported and given the tools that they need to have a positive and successful educational journey.

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