Our Core Values

  • Increasing the engagement of diaspora communities in discussions about international development.
  • Promoting interventions that encourage local empowerment and locally-led economic development.
  • Promoting partnerships with grassroots organizations in developing countries.
  • Promoting respect for local culture, traditions and faith and the recognition that efforts to advance human rights can often be grounded in local experience and local values.

Who We Are

Historically, Canada has developed an international reputation for standing up for human rights and peacekeeping, and fighting for peace and justice across the globe. However, we have observed decreased engagement in the local culture, traditions and faiths in the development of Canadian foreign assistance policies. Diaspora Voices serves as a platform for members of Canadian diaspora communities to speak about their concerns about international development projects and funding.

Diaspora Voices was created by Canadians from various Diaspora communities who are interested in how the Canadian government carries out its international development policies. We care deeply about the representation of the diverse cultures and values in the discussion of foreign aid.

meet our amazing team

The People Behind Diaspora Voices

Joe Adam George

Editor

Joe Adam George

Joe Adam George is the Editor of Diaspora Voices and an outspoken advocate for human rights issues in Canada. Joe helps develop and execute media campaigns to raise awareness and draft policies to combat sex trafficking, modern slavery, child pornography and violent crimes against women and children. He is also a Foreign Policy Research Intern with the Washington, D.C.-based policy think tank, Hudson Institute.

Joe has 10 years of experience in communications, government relations and policy research, working with leading global public relations firms such as Edelman, FleishmanHillard and Hill+Knowlton Strategies. Some of Joe’s career highlights include assisting the Australian federal government’s media team during the 2014 G20 World Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane, supporting AT&T’s crisis communications during the 2013 NSA spying scandal and managing international social campaigns for the UN Foundation, UN Women, World Health Organization, World Vision and the International Justice Mission.

Joe has a Master’s degree in Advertising & Marketing from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. He loves globetrotting, good food, soccer and Formula One (not necessarily in that order). Having been a global nomad for most of his life, Joe is now proud to call Toronto home.

Max Yun

Director

Max Yun

Max Yun is the Executive Director of Diaspora Voices and is passionate about fighting for the rights and freedoms of Canadians, especially the most vulnerable in our society. Max has been involved in social justice campaigns advocating for policies that would improve mental health and palliative healthcare in Canada.

After attending an information webinar introducing him to the world of international development, Max realized there was a glaring gap with how foreign aid is discussed in Canada. With the help of many excellent Canadians inspired by the same mission, Diaspora Voices on Development was formed.

Max is completing his Specialized Honours Program in Public Administration at York University. He is also the director of activities for university students for the Toronto branch of the Canadian Youth Leadership Institute’s Scholars Program.

Alana Maharaj

Spokesperson

Venesha Cardwell

Spokesperson
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