Nakita Valerio Honoured by Edmonton’s City Council and Mayor Don Iveson
The Drawing Board has had a very busy year so far, and May has been the busiest month yet! The lead-in to May was an amazing ceremony in the Edmonton City Council Chambers on April 28, 2015 where Mayor Don Iveson and councillors honoured and recognized the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation’s 2015 Top 30 Under 30, including our very own, Nakita Valerio! The banter among the council was the highlight of the trip, including standing to have your name called on and being recognized for your hard work, achievements and continued perseverance in the realm of social justice endeavours.
Of particular interest was the incredible spoken word poem by Edmonton’s Poet Laureate, Mary Pinkoski, read an incredible piece testifying to the diversity and harsh beauty that is our province’s capital city, seamlessly weaving together current events with iconic images to create ” a body of Edmonton” that is, at once, recognizable and familiar, and at the same time, far more multivocal than any of us give it credit for. It was an incredible end to a beautiful ceremony that Nakita won’t soon forget!