Get to know us. Say hello.
We’re a small collective who come from all walks of life. What we have in common is a desire to create a world that is kinder and more inclusive of people who live with chronic illness or disability.
Co-founder & CEO
Corinne lives with depression and anxiety. She is a Fulbright Scholar (Carnegie Mellon University) and MIT Sloan Fellow who’s experienced in design and visual communications. Formerly in charge of innovation engagement at a UN agency, Corinne is our MBA who makes sure we stay afloat. Her superpower is being a former professional singer. She once performed for the president of Kazakhstan. She can also speak, read and write in Hebrew, which she learned as a language student in Israel. (Okay, two superpowers.)
Co-founder & COO
Brendan lives with Leukemia. He is a Twitter geek and humanitarian who’s lived and worked in Kosovo, North Korea, Sri Lanka, Libya, Jordan and Iraq. He’s experienced in information management and crisis communications, often in war-torn countries. Brendan is a great storyteller who knows how to keep communities engaged and never tires of kim chi, even for breakfast. Brendan’s superpower is karaoke. He once sang “Do Re Mi” from The Sound of Music with North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister.
Dionne occasionally lives with anxiety, although her constantly bitten nails will suggest otherwise. She’s a master storyteller and editor who can catch spelling, grammatical, and punctuation errors faster than a speed-reader. She has spent the last 15 years helping organizations communicate with their employees. Now, as a resume and career coach, she finds ways to help people tell the most important story of all: who they are and why they do what they do. Her super power is making the best home-made French fries, and she’s committed to any scientific research proving that French fries are an excellent source of protein.
U Revolution Media Fellow, Podcast
Nicole Edwards is a journalist based in Toronto, Canada. After years of covering travel, lifestyle, and fashion, Nicole enrolled in Ryerson University’s acclaimed master of journalism program to study audio storytelling. Since then, radio and podcast production, along with multimedia storytelling, has been Nicole’s primary focus. She has contributed to Home Cooked podcast, TV Ontario, NOW magazine, The Deal Room, Private Islands magazine, and more.
In rare moments where Nicole isn’t holding a mic, she’s doing work in the HIV/AIDS community. In 2018, Nicole was on the steering committee of the Friends for Life Bike Rally, which raised $1,760,000 that year for the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation. She was also part of a pilot program designed by the AIDS Committee of Toronto, where she provided peer support for women living with HIV/AIDS.
Nicole is an avid cyclist, loves rap and soul music, and especially adores solo travel to new cities.
U Revolution Media Fellow, Video
Kelly Paoli is a Toronto based award-winning director whose focus is telling stories through diverse gazes. With an affinity for poignant visual comedy and female-driven narratives, Kelly’s work plays with nostalgia, voyeurism and the private/public projections we put out into the world, capturing the subtle human intimacies that make stories compelling. Kelly’s work has been featured on CanalPlay, Bell FibeTv1, and Smokebomb Entertainment’s KindaTv. She is also the host of YouTube channel Top 10 Nerd.
U Revolution Media Fellow, Visual Arts
Born in 1994 in Kabul, Tahmina Saleem has a BA in Graphics and an MA in Visual Arts from Kabul University (KU). Currently, she is working as a Lecturer and an Assistant Professor in Faculty of Fine Arts in KU as well as a Freelance Documentary Photographer with a particular focus on Afghan women. She is an alumna of Sahar Speaks program and an active member of Afghanistan Photographers Association (APA), Advocacy for Youth Network (AYN), and My Voice my Right campaign.
Ms. Saleem studied Photography and Contemporary Arts academically and has actively participated in several exhibitions, such as “Violence Elimination against Women” and “Women Empowerment” in Afghanistan. Her photo stories have been exhibited in Iran, Canada, Italy, China, and the United States.
In 2015, her photo won a special prize in a contest which was held by Paiwandgah in Afghan Impassion Organization. So far, her works are published in websites like The Huffington018 post, News Deeply, Photo Journal, Yoga Journal, and the Guardian. She has served as a panel of jury members for the UNDP photo contest on the Sustainable Development Goals. She is also a member of the Afghan national chess team.
U Revolution Media Fellow, Writer
Madison Salters is an award-winning writer, essayist, and documentarian. Her work appears internationally in literary magazines including Armstrong Literary Magazine and Flash Fiction Magazine, and major media outlets including The Huffington Post, United Nations Press, TripAdvisor World Guides, UNTITLED Magazine, Wanderlust Magazine, and more. She is Lead Editor at The Toolbox, Creative Nonfiction Editor at Ruminate Literary Magazine, and Fiction Editor at Ragazine.CC. Named a “Top Under 30 Wunderkind” for writing and activism by Westchester Magazine, Madison serves as a JOLT speaker on content and storytelling and a UNESCO Ambassador of Cross-Cultural Dialogue.
As a public speaker, she has tackled issues in gender and civil equality at high-level worldwide events, from the Gender Paramilitary Conference to the EU-Africa Women’s Summit. She studied creative nonfiction Cambridge and has participated in writer’s groups and workshops worldwide. She received her Masters at SOAS of London, where she was also named Entrepreneur of the Year for green technological innovation, as well as being awarded UCL’s Provost’s Prize and a Santander Bank Entrepreneurial Nomination. She recently helped translate the documentary “Queer Japan” and her first play, “An Infinite Resignedness”, was produced in Paris in 2018. She has volunteered as hospitals, with UNHCR, and for Doctor’s Without Borders– and thinks there cannot be medicine without empathy.
U Revolution Media Fellow, Visual Arts
Theo Scott is an illustrator, filmmaker, and artist from Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He has a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design from the National Glass Centre at The University of Sunderland (2012-2013), and a BA Fine Art Printmaking from Northumbria University (2013-2016). In 2018 he was shortlisted for the Alexander McQueen Scholarship and the Gillian Dickinson North East young sculptor of the year award.
Theo believes satire is a catalyst for change. His work has focused on modern apathy and indifference, and how they have been bred into contemporary culture through over commodification and stimuli. He is interested in the benign and kitsch, how the refinement of these garish themes usually lead to simple human truths.