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Bee Quammie

Award-Winning Blogger, Journalist & Community Activist

Bee Quammie is a multi-passionate creative – a writer, award-winning digital content creator, health advocate, and media commentator. Bee uses her platforms to share stories and connect with others, centering on intersectional feminism, mental and brain health, pop culture analysis, and diversity.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Feminism, Intersectionality & Pop Culture
The word “feminism” can elicit a range of emotions in response. For Bee, one of the best ways to learn and speak about feminism and intersectionality is through pop culture. What does Beyonce add to the feminism discussion? How can we use film to critique and analyze ableism, racism, and sexism? Where are we seeing positive change, and where is there room for improvement? Through a variety of presentation styles, Bee helps to bring these discussions into the light.

Mental Health
How do we navigate and stay aware of mental health and wellness while eliminating stigma? For Bee, this topic is personal. As someone who has been transparent about her experiences with depression, anxiety, and postpartum depression, Bee has combatted stigma with openness, encouraging others to do the same.

Canada 150

Diversity & Identity
As a Black Canadian woman with parents who immigrated from Jamaica in the 80s, ‘diversity’ isn’t just a hot keyword for Bee. From speaking at events centering on Black women and natural hair acceptance, to highlighting little-known facts about Canada’s history, to providing authentic context to the impact that Caribbean people have made in Canada and in pop culture, Bee has her finger on the pulse of the diversity discussion. With change being seen everywhere from media to corporate industries, and with Canada celebrating its 150th birthday in 2017, now is the time to have real conversations so that we can move forward and be better than ever.

Platform Plus

Available as Keynote or Workshop | Community & Dementia

With Canada’s aging population, dementia will continue to be a disease that many of us are touched by in some way. Whether you are a person with dementia, know someone living with the disease, or live in a community touched by it, we all have a role to play in helping to keep people safe and active within their communities. This presentation takes a look at awareness and offers tangible ways that communities can be more supportive and safe for people living with dementia.

Available as Keynote or Workshop | Navigating Digital & Social Media

As a noted digital content creator, Bee has acquired a great amount of knowledge of the connections between our online and offline worlds. While many people compare the merits of “online” and “in real life,” Bee knows that real life takes place in both realms. How do you find success online? How do you stay safe and keep your loved ones safe on and offline? What happens when your online and offline lives collide? From technical tips to crafting a winning story to the dos and don't's of managing a digital presence, Bee's digital media workshops cover all bases.

Awards

2016
Yale Fellowship | Storytelling In Modern Media

2015
Canada Top 100 Black Women To Watch - Canada International Black Women Event

2014
Black Canadians Awards | Best Blogger Award

Summary Profile

What can we learn when we really listen to each other? Bee’s presentations centre on the stories that often aren’t told, providing spaces where audiences can learn, be empowered, and find a relatable voice.

Blogging since 2006, Bee started her longest-running personal blog, ‘83 To Infinity, in 2011. Focusing on areas around natural hair care, wellness, race & culture and more, ‘83 To Infinity enabled Bee’s transition to freelance writing. Her writing has been featured in print and digital publications around the world like Chatelaine, Ascension Magazine, For Harriet, EBONY Magazine, The Globe & Mail, The Establishment, VICE, Revolt, and many others. Bee was recognized by Black Enterprise as one of the “most impactful and successful voices in the online space,” was the recipient of the Best Blogger Award at the 2014 Black Canadians Awards, and was accepted into the 2016 class at the THREAD At Yale Fellowship Program for Storytelling in Modern Media. After the birth of her daughter in 2014, Bee founded The Brown Suga Mama, a blog focused on motherhood from the perspective of a Black Canadian mom.

Bee has also taken her thoughts, words, and knowledge from behind the computer screen. She can be seen and heard across North America, having spoken at conferences and schools, and having been featured on TV and radio across the continent.  Some of her notable features include being featured on Arise TV’s Our Take in New York City discussing international healthcare, and twice on TVO’s The Agenda With Steve Paikin, speaking on education & employment options for Canadian millennials and the presence of women in media. Bee is also a cast member of the Drunk Feminist Films collective, which hosts bi-monthly interactive film screenings that examine societal structures within pop culture.

Bee holds a degree in Health Sciences from the University of Western Ontario and Post-Graduate Certificate studies in Health Promotion from George Brown College. Her work in healthcare has focused on mental health research, international health, and brain injury/dementia support and advocacy. Bee has worked with entities like the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, helping to lead provincial discussions in dementia and technology and with program promotion across the province, while also conducting work with the Ontario Provincial Police on awareness of community policing and dementia.