Since 2009, I have been weaving together relationships, ideas and stories at the fuzzy boundaries of professional and grassroots social action. As far back as I can remember, I've been restlessly patching together a life from my own rough-hewn edges of self: poet and process geek, schemer and dreamer, teacher and learner, among others. All along, I've been fed by the question: "What makes a good life, why and how?" I now live, work and play on the unceded land in Turtle Island now called Toronto, where I can generally be found dabbling in too many half-hobbies and chasing the perfect sentence.
Jermaine is Social ARTrepreneur who is passionate about connecting and inspiring people to self-actualize. Through drama, emceein, facilitation and spoken word he aims to co-create meaningful moments rooted in compassion and kindness. Jermaine has had the privilege to perform and facilitate arts-based for community programs, events and initiatives with various schools boards, community agencies and arts companies including Youth Social Infrustructure Collaborative, Children’s Mental Health of Ontario, Children Peace Theatre, 360°kids, and Sketch Working Arts. His mission is to use his artistry and facilitation skills to curate brave spaces for people to be their full-selves and connect with our humanity.
I'm a Toronto-based Palestinian artist, facilitator, community organizer, and full-time awesome-seeker. I’m an ardent believer that creation is the ultimate superpower and am always trying to find ways to bring it out in others. My work has included crowdfunding to build rooftop gardens in Palestinian refugee camps, leading weekly $5 meals for 200+ people, curating community poetry and storytelling nights, and planning all sorts of events on shoe-string budgets. My default modes are ask, make, give, and shake (up)!