Nakita Valerio Delighted to Join Edmonton Heritage Council

At yesterday’s Annual General Meeting, Edmonton Heritage Council voted for a series of new directors to join and among them was The Drawing Board owner and editor-in-chief, Nakita Valerio. It is an honor to support the vision of the EHC which is an Edmonton that embraces its diverse heritage, inclusive of all people, communities and cultures on Treaty Six territory, consistent with the principles of truth and reconciliation, and engaging with the past to create a vibrant future. EHC connects people with the stories of their city. EHC provides leadership, support and programs to help Edmontonians research, preserve, interpret and advocate for their heritage. For more information, click here.


16265681_10154323322850753_2679466403133227560_nNakita Valerio is an academic, activist and writer in the community. She recently finished graduate studies and works as a research assistant in History and Islamic-Jewish Studies at the University of Alberta. Nakita sits on the advisory committee for the Chester Ronning Center for the Study of Religion and Public Life, the Executive Fundraising Board for the YIWCL Cree Women’s Camp, and the Edmonton Heritage Council. Nakita was named one of the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation’s Top 30 under 30 for 2015, and is the recipient of the 2016 Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, as well as the Walter H. Johns Graduate Studies Fellowship. She has also been honoured with the State of Kuwait, the Queen Elizabeth II, the Frank W Peers Awards for Graduate Studies in 2015, the Sir Guy Carleton Award for Graduate Studies in History for 2016 and a Government of Alberta Graduate Student Scholarship in 2017. She has been recognized by Rotary International with an Award for Excellence in Service to Humanity and has been named one of Edmonton’s “Difference Makers” for 2015 by the Edmonton Journal. Nakita is the co-founder of Bassma Primary School in El Attaouia, Morocco and the Vice President of External Affairs with the Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council.

Photo Credit: Lindsey Catherine Photo + Media

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