Our Team

Salima Stanley-Bhanji | CEO

Salima is a lawyer and filmmaker. She has spent a decade in management roles in the not for profit sector, including as the Executive Director of Vibrant Calgary, a not for profit working in poverty reduction and advocacy; and as the General Counsel of the Calgary Homeless Foundation. In 2015, she hiked 1,200 kilometres from Geneva, Switzerland to Pamplona, Spain to raise awareness of the world’s 60 million displaced people. Salima has run several half marathons (including two barefoot) and a full marathon. She grew up in Australia, and has lived in India, New Zealand, Perú and Canada. Salima has produced/directed over 20 short films for Humainologie in three languages receiving 10 awards and over 20 selections at film festivals worldwide. Salima is a member of the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee and a mentor for SheMeets, which supports the success of women of colour. She values empathy, creativity, accountability, self awareness and unknowingness. She feels great privilege in being a mother to one small bundle of wonder.

Richard Blais

Richard brings with him a passion for knowledge and understanding, and devotion to storytelling wherever he goes. He has been honing his craft as a professional Videographer in Calgary for years, starting with a diploma from SAIT in Television Production. With an early appetite for journalism, he began his ongoing work with CTV News Calgary nearly a decade ago as an Editor and Video Journalist. In this position, he recently won the revered RTDNA National and Regional Awards, and has been lucky enough to travel across this province and country to cover a variety of important stories.

In more recent years, his creative side and growing interest in social justice have led him to also pursue independent work including documentary filmmaking, wedding videography, commercials, music videos, and event coverage. Whether volunteering or filmmaking in Uganda, Nepal, or across Canada (so far), Richard’s driving fuel is his growing commitment to learning from all people and places, and giving voices to the voiceless to share their stories.

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Everyday, all the time, we are all playing key roles in our corners of the world. A moment of eye contact, a smile, an extra question like "so how are you?", a pause to hold the door open, a few words to validate how someone is feeling...there are things we can do all the time to remind each other we belong, we are valued, we are part of this great and diverse human family. Tell us about something small or big that you did, or that happened to you, where the result was a sense of connection, belonging, or the recognition of our shared humanity.

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