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AMANDA MERSEREAU

Originally from Hamilton, Amanda Mersereau moved to Brantford in February 2018. She has been involved with social justice work since childhood, and co-founded Unite Against Hate in June, 2020. Since then, she has directed several projects with Unite Against Hate to support Brantford in anti-racism education by promoting Brantford's Black-owned businesses, and highlighting Brantford's Black history.

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CHRISTOPHER GEORGE

Ally, collaborator and founder of Unite Against Hate, zBTFD, Brantford Apparel among other projects. Christopher is a long time community organizer and activist. Some projects he has help create in the past include The Ford Plant (co-founder), Murdered City Music Fest (co-director), ZZZ Monthly Music Series (founder), zWKND, Snoozzzefest, Day In The Woods (director), Day On The Grand (collaborator).

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OUR EDITOR & LEAD PHOTOGRAPHER

MAICHINA VERI

Maichina Veri is a writer based in Brantford, Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Montreal’s Concordia University and has a background in Journalism – Print from Niagara College. In addition to writing forBTOWN, she self-publishes zines and always has her fingers in some creative endeavour.

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PAUL SMITH

Hello, my name is Paul Smith and I'm a photographer, artist, and visual storyteller who lives and works in Brantford, Ontario. After graduating from Applied Photography at Sheridan College in 2008, I opened Photohouse Studio with my Partner in 2010. Over the past 11 years, I have taken on commercial, editorial, portrait and wedding commissions. Fostering and supporting a local artistic community has always been a passion of mine. I'm proud to say I have worked with and contributed to other local publication in the past and I'm so excited to now be a part of BTOWN.

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COLLABORATORS

TIM FORD

Tim is a freelance observer from Brantford, Ontario. He quit his job on his 40th birthday and hasn’t really done much since. He likes to metal detect but truthfully, he doesn’t go out that often, if at all. I think he likes the IDEA of metal detecting more than actually going out and getting dirty and buggy and digging holes. One day he’ll get back in the habit and find his treasures.

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ANGEL PANAG

Brantford’s native son, Angel spent much of his life living in the far reaches of Canada. After graduating from Dalhousie University, he began a career as a public servant and later in human rights. Meanwhile, remaining strongly rooted in the arts - DJing, managing musicians, producing films, and performing on Broadway. Angel strongly believes in the power the arts have to inspire, and transform communities and people. He is currently a final year Law student, and is excited to help tell stories from his hometown.

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SCOTT EGAN

“If I were rich they’d call me eccentric…”

Best described as an extroverted hermit, Scott is an afficionado of all things old, odd and esoteric. An avid reader and collector, he’s accumulated a backlog of legends and lore that he loves to share with most anyone who will listen. A father of two, Scott lives along with his feline soulmate amongst thousands of books and hundreds of objects of the strange and unusual.

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Geoff Fitzgerald

Geoff Fitzgerald is an award winning freelance photographer, second season beekeeper, passionate pet dad to an Olde English Bulldogge, two cats and two rats.  With an incredible drive and desire for compelling stories and intimate portraits he focuses his skills mainly on the editorial and advertising/commercial world of photography.

Celeste Percy-Beauregard

Celeste Percy-Beauregard’s first form of storytelling was as an actor, and her eager curiosity and interest in a variety of subjects led her to writing. Her work has appeared in Toronto Star and Today’s Parent, and she is enjoying exploring Brantford and learning about the people and places that make it such a special city.

Sarah Evans

Born on a frigid winter's night, Sarah Evans knew early on that the only way to warm her soul was through art.  During her time studying Film and Video Production at York U, Sarah discovered her love for photography and has been shooting ever since.  Other things Sarah has done is worked on film and television sets, painted a terrible mural in high school, opened a floral business and bitten into a paintball (it wasn't a chocolate covered blueberry!).

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