Co-Founder of Family Fuse and activist, Christie Nelson, believes her community has played a key role in her social, emotional and professional development.
While continuing to shine light and awareness on social justice issues in her community and other communities, Nelson has made it one of her main priorities to focus her time on how she and others can make a difference.
“I’ve experienced a lot of racial hardships,” she explains. “Either within my family or within the communities I’ve lived in and then working with different agencies where I’m the only person of colour in the room, it’s always made me think about equity, diversity and inclusion. I want to see change.”
Working alongside numerous non-profit organizations and being an active member of the Windsor-Essex Compassion Care Community for many years, Nelson shared that her life and trajectory has been crafted by many hands and experiences.
“For this reason, I feel it would be selfish not to focus on work that is community orientated, and this provides me with great satisfaction,” she says. “I still live for myself but for the good of others as well.”
As of last year, Nelson and her team started up their own non-profit called Family Fuse, which is a grassroot initiative supporting Black Canadian parents, guardians, and caregivers to navigate the education system.
“It’s all about those looking to get ahead when it comes to supporting their school aged children,” she shares. “We work together with parents to raise equity and provide valuable insight into how school age children can be encouraged by parent involvement, starting in elementary school, college, university or as entrepreneurs.”
When asked what empowers her, Nelson explained faith, family, motherhood and every day people keep her going.
“It really isn't just one thing. It's many people and me believing in myself as a woman of purpose, passion, and positivity,” she shares. “I try to love and light every moment, being, and thing that comes my way. I take time for myself so that my light doesn't burn out and I try to only let into my personal life, what serves me and my family.”