“These individuals are trailblazers in a field of few Blacks…and are changing the face and the landscape of planning.”
Abigail Moriah, MCIP, RPP is a facilitator and connector. She is passionate about connecting people, mentorship, creating spaces for belonging as well as building an equity focus in the field of planning. In all of her work, Abigail seeks to build bridges across sectors, where she can encourage intentional and meaningful engagement between community, practitioners and academic institutions with the goal of redefining how planning is done in communities through practice and research. She currently works as a Senior Development Manager for New Commons Development .
"Photography-particularly street photography gives me new perspectives on the built form and how people function and interact in these spaces."
Aisha is a Gambian native who currently lives in Toronto. Aisha received her Bachelor of Arts in Geography & Urban Studies at York University and recently completed her MSc in Urban Planning & Development at the University of Toronto.
Aisha has a passion for city-building initiatives and processes that create resilient and complete neighbourhoods, communities and cities through understanding and documenting the connection between urban planning, creative expression and storytelling. The Black Planning Project is a story-telling initiative about black planners and city builders in Canada and taking photos for the project has been valuable both as a black planner and photographer.
Ajewo is Aisha's portfolio and creative space where her artistic, cultural and professional interests intersect.
Simone is a community developer, educator, writer and event organizer who has worked in community economic development in both Montreal and Toronto for the past 10 years. Previously, she worked in the Human Resources, Finance and Consulting industries in Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Her involvement with the Black Planning project stems from an interest in the link between the Black experience and the shaping of space and place.
Simone holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Urban, Economic & Social Geography and Caribbean Studies and a Master of Education in Adult Education and Community Development, both from the University of Toronto.
"Creating a space to share our stories will ensure that we are not only seen but heard."
Brianna is a communications professional who has established her career with public sector institutions. Brianna earned her BA Honours in Communications Studies and Human Rights from Carleton University and currently works as a Communications Consultant at Toronto Community Housing, where she focuses on internal communications and creating and building content that keeps employees informed and engaged.
Her areas of expertise include content management and social media and hope to bring the stories of the Black planners to the forefront.