Savannah is a Jamaican national who has spent most of her life in Abu Dhabi (UAE) before settling on unceded Coast Salish lands. Moving to Canada created a new awareness of her racial and ethnic identity while a BA in Cultural Anthropology and African Studies provided a new framework to understand her struggles with colonial systems as someone of mixed Jamaican ancestry. Savannah’s disconnection from her cultural roots provided the foundation for her community-building and engagement work, in particular as the founder of the UBC Black Student Union, and founding member of the UBC Black Caucus.
Driven by a commitment to her ancestors, Savannah’s dedication to combating gender-based violence has been a driving force in both her personal and professional life. Savannah has actively worked with organizations devoted to supporting people who have experienced domestic violence and sexual violence, making a tangible impact through policy initiatives aimed at addressing and preventing GBV from a transformative justice lens.
Savannah’s support for Queer and Trans Black folks is prominent in her work with Vancouver’s local ballroom scene, contributing to the city’s vibrant cultural tapestry and creating spaces where Black folks can be uplifted, honour their history and celebrate those who came before them. At heart, Savannah is an island girl who cherishes moments with community, time spent at the beach and bubble tea.