With levels of conflict, uncertainty, and polarization in our world and in our lives growing, we need new ways to get grounded, protect those most vulnerable, and make sense of the chaos. This kind of leadership comes from the inside out. Waterline is here to help you get aligned within yourself and within your team.
To create healthy and equitable teams, we need the capacity to face adversity and conflict with clarity and agility. Bringing together the streams of Lewis Deep Democracy, Process Work, JEDI (Justice, Equity, Decolonization, and Inclusion), trauma-informed and embodiment approaches, Waterline Workers Cooperative offers leadership development with a focus on people.
Our work challenges many of the cultural norms of white supremacy, such as the leader knowing best, decision-making being a rational process and diversity being a challenge to organizations. The three focus areas are self-awareness, understanding interpersonal dynamics and practical tools for interactions where conflict may present itself.
Meet the Waterline Team
Aslam Bulbulia (he/him) is a new settler on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ / sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) land from South Africa, with Indian heritage. He has a background in Political Science and Philosophy and during postgraduate studies explored city planning, Islamic law and spirituality, user-centred design and decoloniality.
He has worked on a wide variety of projects that range from teaching and arts organizing to various positions within local and provincial governments in South Africa and Canada. He has a Certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement from SFU where he serves as an advisor, and serves on the faculty of Inner Activist. He has previously led Community Engagement Initiatives at the SFU's Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies, and co-hosted the RADIUS Fellowship.
Camille Dumond (she/her) is a settler of Indo-Caribbean and French-Irish descent living on unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. Her practice is as a somatic therapist, conflict and group facilitator. With over 20 years experience facilitating change processes, she brings depth psychology, social movement analysis, and embodied spirituality to organizational change. This allows her to support a sense of center and even playfulness in complex, emergent situations. Camille co-founded the Refugee Livelihood Lab with Nada Elmasry to amplify the impact and transformational influence of racialized leaders with lived experience of forced displacement and migration. She is principal at Dignity Facilitation.
Sera Thompson (she/her) is a settler of European descent in Mi'kma'ki, working to support deep shifts around social and environmental issues. As a social innovator and master facilitator her work is focused on building capacity for participatory leadership and creating movement around stuck challenges. Her work creatively engages a diversity of players and stakeholders in finding shared clarity and timely actions. She began her career in the complex field of Environmental Consulting, juggling the needs of diverse stakeholders balancing economic, ecological and social sustainability. Since that time she has successfully led change with dozens of organizations on four continents in the Public Sector, Academia, Nonprofit and Corporate sectors.
Tasha Nijjar (she, her, hers) is a settler, of Punjabi descent, living in Vancouver on the unceded territory of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. She is passionate about exploring how creativity and social change overlap. She has worked with various community and youth-led organizations using art, film, theatre and social media to amplify grassroots voices. Tasha comes to UBC with over a decade of experience working with communities in the not for profit sector. In her role as an Equity Facilitator Tasha has integrated Deep Democracy tools and practices in decision-making, curriculum design, and dialogue on social justice and anti-racism. You can often find Tasha wearing big earrings and spending time with her adorable nieces and nephews.