Shereen Munshi and Elisa Levi, The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada
Shereen Munshi is a communications professional who was born in Zambia and immigrated to Canada with her family more than 10 years ago. As a proud University of Ottawa alumnus, she has since gone on to amass experience working in the Canadian nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. In her current role as manager of partnerships and strategic communications at The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, Shereen develops strategic relationships between The Circle and peer organizations that are in alignment with The Circle’s values, mission, and strategic goals. In addition, Shereen works to increase visibility, amplify issues and voices of note, and ensure strong, responsive communication to achieve goals in service to The Circle’s primary member audiences. She has a compulsion to uphold principles of equity and justice in her work and is nurturing a growing aptitude to amplify deep analysis of people, place, policy, and power to inform the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. Shereen sits on the Data Policy Coalition Steering Committee, is a proud member of the Next Generation Philanthropy Collaborative, and serves on the Ontario Indigenous Youth Partnership Project core team.
After several years in the nonprofit sector strengthening Indigenous Peoples’ health and the reclamation of Indigenous food systems, Elisa Levi is complementing this experience studying medicine at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, with graduation in 2021. She contributes her leadership as a community-elected trustee for her First Nation, Chippewas of Nawash; as a board director for the Anishnawbe Health Foundation; and as advisor to the newly established Indigenous Resilience Fund. As a registered dietitian, she holds a master of public health from Lakehead University and BASc from Ryerson University.