Paulina looks directly into the camera, her eyes framed by glasses. Her curly hair falls over her forehead and she is wearing a yellow pattered shirt.

Paulina Grainger

Mentor, Music Alive

Paulina Grainger was born in Tanzania, East Africa. She immigrated to Canada 18 years ago, after working as a TV & Radio Producer for International Advertising Agencies in Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Sri Lanka. She is a community organizer & activist, an arts administrator, an actor, a storyteller and producer. From 2003-2011 she worked as the General Manager of PUENTE Theatre, a Victoria-based multicultural theatre company. She has worked at the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria since 2012. Her innovative work using art-based practices to explore critical social issues around equity, justice, diversity & inclusion brought provincial recognition when she was bestowed with the BC Multiculturalism Award in 2016. Paulina’s lived experience as a Black, immigrant woman of colour, deep connection to community, and broad knowledge of the many systemic barriers faced by refugees and newcomers to Canada, continuously informs her work. The latest project she’s working on is the creation of an ICA Equity Training Program “Tools for Equity”.

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