Our Team

Silvia Mangue Alene, BA

Silvia is a passionate and experienced leader in the community through her work in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  For over six years she has been training and consulting individuals and organizations with a focus on eliminating prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping by encouraging respect for diversity, inclusion and equity.

Silvia is the founder of both Kulea Culture Society and Kulea Love Inc., as well as the President of the BC Black History Awareness Society. Her focus is to help shape and implement the City of Victoria’s commitment to equity and diversity.

Paul Schachter

Since the 1960’s Paul has participated in efforts to secure civil rights, civil liberties and human rights in the US and Canada. Paul is a retired lawyer who over the past 20 years has been working with boards, organizations and groups to enable the community to realize its full positive potential.

He is an ardent ally and mentor to diverse communities in the Victoria region and helped co-found Kulea Culture Society where he holds the position of Secretary-Treasurer.

Deniz Ünsal, PhD

Deniz brings her experience in communications, project development and management to Kulea Culture Society. Deniz joined the board of Kulea Culture because she believes in the power of culture and communication to effect change, promote social justice and build inclusive communities.

Currently, she is an assistant professor at the School of Communication and Culture, at Royal Roads University. Deniz is also a board member of the Community Social Planning Council and holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University

Vandi Hill, MBA

Vandi joined the Kulea Culture Society Board in 2021 shortly after moving to Vancouver Island from Toronto.  She is looking forward to working with the Board to eliminate prejudice and discrimination through dialogue, learning and events. 
Vandi has been working in the Marketing and Communications field for most of her career since completing her MBA. She started her career in the private sector and over the last 15 years has focused on the public sector.  From North America across Europe and into Africa she has consulted with clients in all sectors.  Her expertise includes developing and implementing communication and marketing strategies, media training, event planning, market research as well as, traditional and digital dialogue. 

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