Meet the Faces Behind Voices of Hope

Corpus Christi College Student-led Workshops

On February 24, 2016, join the Corpus Christi College community as we welcome guests of all ages to our annual student-led symposium on social justice. This year's Voices of Hope features student speakers discussing a vast range of issues on dignity and justice, spanning from the local to the global.

Meet these exceptional leaders, hear what they have to say, and join the discussion. Who knows – you may even be inspired to leave and start your own research or project on an important topic that matters to you! For more information on Voices of Hope, click here.

Check out our roster of 2016 presenters:



By Katherine Figueiredo
What does New York City’s Bronx and Canada’s Northwest Territories have in common? Katherine, though young in age, is known at Corpus Christi College for her hope-filled view and mature regard of communities that often are perceived to be surviving the most hopeless circumstances. She has seen and learned first-hand of the great benefits of the creative use of formal education, after school programming, and community activities, that support young persons in humanity’s common quest to discover purpose, meaning, and success in life.


By Jessica Mayne and Megan Joseph
As active volunteers of CCC’s “Culture of Encounter” program, facilitated monthly in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side, Jessica and Megan will give a voice to the otherwise, often, voiceless. This gallery of photos and stories told from the lives of persons living in the Downtown Eastside, is sure to challenge the common disregard of our neighbours.


By Lise Johnston
The dangers we face as a culture from euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, especially in regards to the vulnerable people in our society – the elderly and mentally or physically impaired – are great causes for concern. What is worse? We live in a society, in a world even, that is divided about this cause. “The idea that humans are just another animal in the forest makes personhood and human dignity dependent on what we can do, making us human doings rather than human beings” (Dr. Margaret Somerville). One year since the Supreme Court of Canada’s legalization of euthanasia and in consideration of the many lives taken since then, the time has come to discuss the truth of this claim.


By Jasmin Bermejo
Time and again the testimony is told by persons who have participated in outreach activities to support outcast groups that they instead have received great support from those they have gone to serve. More recently, this is the experience of young persons engaged in service to the elderly; accept that research confirms that both groups benefit from these exchanges. Bridges is a visual arts presentation of the experiences and takeaways of being involved in “bridge building” and social justice activities with outcast and elderly persons.


By Winnie Sandhu
Winnie is an international student in her second year of studies in Corpus Christi College’s Associate of Arts program; this is also her second year presenting at the annual Voices of Hope Student Symposium. Winnie’s presentation is a personal testimony, a poem, about choosing to overcome pain when life is painful: choosing to love with a broken heart, and choosing forgiveness when bullied. It is in these most painful experiences that beauty is realized most abundantly also.


By David Lewis
Different in form but similar in content, this spoken word presentation – told from a mythical lens, and using poetry, etiology, and storytelling – will critically examine the great challenge of defining- and developing oneself that is a personal process only achievable alongside others. This is a dialogue about the necessity of empathy in all human encounters.


By Isabella Bonato
All persons are familiar with mirrors: reflective surfaces typically made of glass and metal, which reflect a clear image of what stands in front of them. But for many persons, particularly and increasingly for young women who are growing up in an era that reflects so many – often unrealistic – forms about what they can and should expect ahead, the message is not always clear. This interactive presentation engages participants in dialogue about positive self-image, both physically and mentally.


By: Mikey Jose
In this sung presentation, Corpus Christi College student Mikey will share his musical talent through performing a song that he wrote about how all persons are called to be faces of hope and justice. Similar to Isabella Bonato’s artistic presentation Mirror, Mirror, Mikey will speak from a male perspective of his experience of the struggles that men endure of developing their own self-image, and promoting their own human dignity, in a world that often communicates negative messages about personal worth.


By Matthew Ebert and Emanuel Narciso
Rarely is the hard work of individuals and groups laboring at the ‘bottom of the pyramid’ recognized by those fewer individuals and groups at the ‘top of the pyramid.’ The economic divisions of work and wealth distribution, common to human experiences, are a large injustice of the modern world that receives little attention. In this presentation, Matthew and Emanuel, Corpus Christi College Associate of Arts (Business Stream) students, will facilitate discussion about those factors that sustain uneven economic positions.


By Gursewak Bains
“The victor writes the history books;” this reality is known all too well by minority groups, particularly when those groups find themselves in developing countries. In the circumstance of developing countries, even less is known about the difficulties experienced by minority groups; still, less is understood about the religious beliefs, practices, and lifestyles, which belong to them. This ‘look into India’s political-religious divide’ is a compilation of academic research and the personal experience of the tension between these entities.