The RADIUS team has expanded with the addition of four new team members; Evelyne Kiiza, Raphael Ochil, and Miranda Eng are the newest members supporting our Consulting and Training service offerings.
At the intersection of deep equity, innovation, and systems change, the incredible Consulting and Training service team support organizations in Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) training, consulting, and coaching and by running innovation labs alongside diverse communities to build relationships and collaboratively address tough social challenges.
Evelyne, Raphael, and Miranda bring a breadth of knowledge and expertise to the team, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have them join. Want to work with us? Learn more about our offerings here.
Also new to the team in our Finance and Operations portfolio is Jenny Labayog. Jenny is the new Operations & Administration Coordinator who will play an integral role in supporting our dynamic team and the organization’s overall infrastructure.
To learn more about our newest team members, check out their bios below.
Born in Tanzania and raised in SouthEast Asia, Evelyne Kiiza (she/her) realized her passion for justice and equity early on as she watched the women in her community fight to be seen and heard. She brings previous experience as a coordinator with International Services and Recruitment at the University of British Columbia. Evelyne also has a Master’s in Child Developmental Psychology and Education from the University of Toronto.
In her free time, you can find her binging murder mysteries and crime documentaries while enjoying a bowl of ramen or shrimp Pad See Ew.
Born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, Raphael has over five years of experience managing and coordinating community development projects such as Hope For Life, an initiative he co-founded in 2015 that aims to provide mentorship, motivation, and networking opportunities for students in deprived areas in Ghana.
Raphael was the youth program coordinator for DIVERSEcity, where he created youth-led settlement programs for newcomer and refugee youth with a trauma-informed approach, overseeing the growth of the portfolio.
In 2019, Raphael worked with RADIUS’ Health Promotion Lab as a research and evaluation officer. He coordinated the work of five health-promoting ventures and supported the Lab with evidence-informed research and analysis, helping to create a theory of change and evaluation plan.Raphael believes that systems change can effectively be achieved with a community-driven, multi-faceted, and inclusive approach that centres equity.
He holds a master’s degree in Political Science from SFU, specializing in public policy and international relations, and in his leisure time, loves to watch and play sports, especially soccer, basketball, and table tennis.
Miranda is a Portfolio Manager joining the growing Consulting Services team at RADIUS. She is an experienced engagement specialist and project manager, from the tuberculosis and housing crises in Nunavut to campus action on the climate emergency. She is passionate about bringing together community, stakeholders, and decision-makers to make more people-centred, equitable and creative decisions, projects and policies.
With a Masters in strategic management and planning from University College Dublin and ten years working in and consulting for public sector organizations, her interest is working with the messiness of human behaviour (emotions, power structures, etc.) in social innovation and civic leadership and engagement, and facilitating safe spaces for tough conversations and for underrepresented voices to shape their futures.
Her worldview and ways of being have been rooted and influenced as a second-generation immigrant, her lineage of strong Chinese matriarchs, and as a settler born on Algonquin Anishinabe territory and spending the last 15 years on unceded Coast Salish territory.
When not working, she is an avid noodle-eater, runner, road tripper, outdoor adventurer with her little family, and founder and seamstress of a small clothing project nooi (a play on ‘neui’ 女, the Cantonese word for daughter) raising funds for community organizations. She is also the co-chair and board member of the hua foundation, a non-profit working towards racial equity and building civic engagement and capacity in the East Asian diaspora to work towards social change.
Jenny is a doer looking to make meaningful change. She supports RADIUS by coordinating operations and administrative activities. Previously at SFU’s Big Data Hub and SFU’s Partnerships Hub, she assisted and coordinated projects that helped grow these initiatives.
Jenny has a Bachelor of Science from SFU, double minor in Health Sciences and Kinesiology. Currently, she is pursuing her Graduate Diploma in Business Administration with SFU’s Beedie School of Business.
Outside of work, she enjoys knitting, Latin-partner dancing, singing along to the Hamilton soundtrack, and munching on sweets.